The Associated Press has recently reported that an Australian general will direct training and oversee the U.S. Army Pacific Command's initiatives to work with countries in South Asia and elsewhere. Granted, Australia is a friend and ally and can be trusted but what is the risk to morale and the will to fight for U.S. soldiers under a foreign commander? This same question came up several decades ago when it was reported that there was a real possibility of U.S. soldiers being placed under the command of NATO generals should the need arise. Politicians hurriedly denied any possibility of American troops being placed under the command of anyone other than American commanders. Apparently that policy has changed.
The Australian general was appointed as a deputy to the Pacific Command's Commanding General. Still he will be in charge of American military initiatives and will have direct input into American military affairs. I think that over the long term such a practice as putting American soldiers under the command of foreign generals will erode morale and wilt the will to fight an aggressive enemy. What do you think?