by Seth Cropsey
Hudson Institute
June 16, 2014
Briefing Paper
Recognizing Asia’s increased economic power, as well as the likelihood of future security challenges arising from Asia, the Obama administration called three years ago for a foreign-policy “rebalance.” With this proclamation came renewed efforts to increase diplomatic and security ties to Asian countries. Yet increased diplomatic efforts have not translated into increased diplomatic success, and giving “strategic attention” to China is not the same as having a coherent strategy for a conflict with China. The truth is that the United States not only lacks such a strategy, but with a diminished global force, may lack the means of implementing one. A buttressing of U.S. military forces around the world – including but not limited to the Navy – is an essential step to making the “rebalance” a meaningful one. Unless soft power is backed up by sufficient hard power, America’s words will remain just words, and the much-touted “rebalance” will come to represent nothing so much as American unseriousness.

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