Asia-Pacific

America’s future is linked to the future of the Asia-Pacific region; and the future of this region depends on America. The United States has a strong interest in continuing its tradition of economic and strategic leadership, and Asia has a strong interest in the United States remaining a dynamic economic partner and a stabilizing military influence.

– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 2010

 

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In "U.S. Allies Abandon Hope of Obama Leadership," Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin writes:The biggest news of the day from the Middle East may not be the announcement of another truce in the Gaza war. We’ve seen that before, and then seen Hamas violate the truce immediately. (In case this one holds, it is worth noting that it is identical to the prior truce proposal from Israel, which...
Not long ago, I mentioned the Victims of Communism Memorial to an acquaintance. It’s a bronze model of the statue raised by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square shortly before the Peoples Liberation Army massacred thousands of peaceful demonstrators in 1989. Located on a small patch of land near Union Station in Washington, countless people walk by it every day, perhaps without even recognizing...
The beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is a brutal reminder of the group’s threat not just in the Middle East, but also against Americans.  To defeat this threat, the United States should expand the range of its airstrike campaign, increase the number of personnel deployed to Iraq, and empower its...
In "China to Rule on Hong Kong’s Democratic Hopes," Washington Free Beacon reporter Daniel Wiser writes:China’s top legislature will weigh in this week on an electoral dispute in Hong Kong that could fuel mass demonstrations if the demands of protesters are not met, according to reports.Several members of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy party will attend a meeting this week of China’s National People’s...
At this writing, it seems that the hundreds of trucks sent by Moscow with supplies for the residents of Eastern Ukraine will be delivered without further incident. For over a week, the long convoy wended its way toward the Ukrainian border, carrying with it the prospect for a spike in tensions between Moscow and Kiev. Concerns over the trucks’ contents—were they humanitarian supplies, or was the...
On Tuesday, August 19, an American citizen, James Foley, was savagely killed. The group of jihadists known as ISIL had previously killed and brutalized tens of thousands of non-Americans. But they killed Foley because he was an American. They titled the grotesque video of this particular act of barbarism “A message to America.”On Wednesday, the president of the United States of America spoke...
Here are the two best responses I've seen so far to the latest barbarism from ISIS.My friend Seth Leibsohn, now a talk radio host in Phoenix, emails with a short-term suggestion:The brazen and videoed decapitation of an American by ISIS terrorists should trigger immediate holy hell from the President of the United States. He should open up America's military cupboard to bomb every known ISIS...
The president is appalled. Indeed he said this afternoon that "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL." The act of violence that killed Jim Foley, the president continued, "shocks the conscience of the entire world."What happens in the age of Obama to a group that does something that appalls and shocks the conscience of the entire world?Nothing...
America’s nuclear arsenal plays a central—and often underappreciated—role in protecting U.S. and allied security.  Indeed, the congressionally-mandated National Defense Panel (NDP) recently reaffirmed that our nuclear forces are "unique and crucial" to U.S. defense strategy.The NDP also warns of the “looming obsolescence” of America's nuclear arsenal, a risk made worse by a decade's worth of...
August 18, 2014 | American Leadership | Defense

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