US Asia Pivot

This article by the Foreign Policy Initiative explains the Asia Pivot pretty well, for those of you who are interested in it but don’t know a lot about it. Effectively, the United States has decided that East and South Asia are the regions with the biggest threats in the world (IE China) and that we need a large military presence there in order to prevent any bad things from happening. I certainly think it’s good that we have military presence throughout the world, but I largely think that the pivot is a bit excessive. We should beef up our military presence in the region a little bit, but not nearly as much as we are right now. Especially since we’re attempting to solve issues with China (and issues between China and Japan over places like the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands) diplomatically, having a massive military presence in the region may make solving these issues more difficult. It’s difficult to want to properly negotiate and agree with another person when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun. Instead of pivoting so much of our forces to the region, why don’t we send some of our soldiers back home? Or even to a place closer to home, like Hawaii, where they can maybe  relax a bit, yet still be largely ready for anything that could happen in the Asian Pacific?

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