Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top U.S. Pacific Admiral: U.S. Will Maintain Its Commitment To Allies In Asia

U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, salutes during a welcome ceremony at the Philippine Armed Forces headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila in the Philippines in this August 26, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Reuters: U.S. to maintain commitment to allies in Asia, admiral says

The U.S. military's top commander in the Pacific tried on Tuesday to reassure allies that Washington will maintain its commitment to Asia and maintain strong military relations with partners, some of whom are worried about President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy.

"I have no doubt that we will continue our steadfast commitment to our allies and partners in the Indo-Asia Pacific," Admiral Harry Harris, head of the military's Pacific Command, said at an event held by the publication Defense One.

"The need for and the value of American engagement in the Indo-Asia-Pacific is convincing and it has (been) proven over decades," Harris said.

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WNU Editor: I also expect no change in the U.S. - Asia relationship under a Trump administration.


Aizino Smith said...

Top U.S. Pacific Admiral: U.S. Will Maintain Its Commitment To Allies In Asia

This will be a possibility without Obasma, the wonderful.

B.Poster said...

Good grief!! We are approaching this from the complete wrong direction!! We have various "leaders" darting about the world seeking to reassure "allies" we will "honor our committments" and other things.

We need to be seeking reassurance from these "allies" that they will honor their committments to us. Candidate Trump was spot on when he said NATO nations need to shoulder more of the costs and that Japan and South Korea need to bear more of the burden for their defense as well as develop a nuclear deterrent.

The goals should be that Euopean NATO members bear 100% of NATO costs on the continent in terms of money, military personnel, and equipment. The US will be on "stand by" as needed but the goal will be for European NATO members to be able to operate independently of the US. The same applies to "allies" in the Pacific. This is how alkiances/friendships are forged.

Equal partners to confront common problems is the way to go. The current situation where "allies" suck the United States dry and disrespect it cannot continue.

I want to see timetables from these "allies." When will European NATO members be able to bear 100% costs? Obviously it's going to need to be done over time. This is very likely going to include their own nuclear arsenals and the means of delivery. When I say "I", I mean this in terms of the Trump Administration. The same applies to "allies" in the Pacific.

Team Trump needs to "hit the ground running" and insist these tinetables be on their desks by Inauguration day otherwise US support will be withdrawn IMMEDIATELY and without prejudice. Obviously these timetables should not be released to adversaries. Perhaps then the status of these people can be changed from "allies" to allies.

I suppose this is the price of being "indispensable" and "exceptional." This means American interests must be sacrificed for the interests of others and the survival of Americans must be placed in vrave danger for the benefit of others while Amerixa receives NOTHING. These terms are largely allegorical anyway as no one seriously believes America to be any better than anyone else. I expect Mr. Trump will refrain from saying such nonsense.

Aizino Smith said...

Japan wants a bigger military.

Their constitution is in the way.

Maybe we could help them by saying that we have no problem, if they change their constitution to allow for a real military.