Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The U.S. Military Continues To Focus On The Asia-Pacific Region

Photo Credit: US Navy

How Much Defense Is Enough In The Asia-Pacific Region? -- Walter Pincus, Washington Post

We need more transparency about the post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan Defense Department that can accept budget cuts over the next 10 years of $460 billion. And if the sequester of an additional $600 billion or more takes place beginning in fiscal 2013, would it “hollow out the force” and create “risks” because of threats we won’t be able to deter?

More sensible than much of the rhetoric was Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s Nov. 14 plea attached to a letter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for flexibility rather than across-the-board reductions, which are part of the sequestration law.

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My Comment: Much of the world's population resides in Asia, as well as it becoming the world's fastest growing economic/political/military powerhouse. With such a development, this Pentagon/State Department/White House focus should not surprise anyone.

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