A new Heritage Foundation report paints a grim picture of America’s national security interests in Asia in the wake of proposed defense cuts.
If the defense cuts are not reversed, we will be severely limited in our ability to ensure the region’s stability, Dean Cheng and Bruce Klingner argue:
The United States is the only nation with both the capabilities and the historical record needed to assume the role of regional balancer and “honest broker.” Consequently, the United States is the hub of a “wagon wheel” of bilateral alliances that undergirds regional security. Where Japan and South Korea have only recently agreed to undertake staff talks with each other, both sides have long maintained channels of communication through their respective alliances with the United States and the attendant U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) and U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ). Even then, historical animosities continue to hinder the improvement of Korean–Japanese relations.
Klingner and Cheng list several reasons for maintaining a strong presence in the Pacific, including: Continue Reading »