<i>Allies</i> is about the Cold War and how Australia was and continues to be seen as vital to U.S. “interests” in the Pacific and Indonesia. It relates in some detail a number of fascinating incidents, some obscure, some well known, that have bound Australia to American policy for the last forty years-supporting the American effort in Vietnam,. acquiescing to the installation of nuclear bases and thwarting nationalist movements throughout the West Indies.
<i>Allies</i> is a powerful film and cumulative in its effect. It’s brought to life by probing interviews with both American and Australian politicians and CIA agents and, in one case, a convicted spy. Marshall Green, U.S. Ambassador to Australia in the mid-seventies, sums up a fairly widespread attitude: “President Lyndon B. Johnson always thought that Australia was the next large rectangular state beyond El Paso and treated it accordingly.”
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