America Rules the Waves. But for How Long?
A Q-and-A with Admiral James Stavridis about China's fake islands, India's real rise and sea power in the 21st century.
China builds fake islands in the South China Sea. Russia fires missiles into Syria from the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas. North Korea launches ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. The U.S. orders three -- three! -- aircraft carrier strike groups to the Western Pacific in response. Houthi rebels shoot rockets at U.S. ships off Yemen. Pacific nations go on a submarine-buying binge. India and China start constructing their first homemade aircraft carriers. Pirates return to the waters off East Africa.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that control of high seas is becoming more vital than any time since World War II. Which makes it the perfect moment for an authoritative new book on the role of sea power in shaping human civilization across the globe and across the ages.
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WNU Editor: As long as the American taxpayer is willing to pay for the navy that the U.S. has .... the U.S. will probably be "ruling the oceans" for a long time.