The absence of a realistic United States military/security strategy toward Asia–which is to say, toward China–and the folly of Obama and Hillary Clinton’s Asian “pivot”–have rarely been more glaringly apparent than during the past three weeks.
As U.S. Navy War College scholar Lyle J. Goldstein suggests in a thoroughly convincing and important book, Meeting China Halfway–How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry, “great power rivalry is a force of nature that is nearly impossible to control. Its dynamics are amply clear in contemporary U.S.-China relations.”
Before beginning a trip to Singapore to attend the Shangli-La Dialogue on regional security, the Obama administration’s new secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, allowed the Pentagon to leak to The New York Times that “the U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands….”
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