Game of Thrones: US Pushes Naval Buildup In Asia
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  • “pivot” is a lousy piece of hack journalese, right up there with “spin”

  • “It is not that Europe no longer matters to the United States. It is that despite the turmoil now shaking the EU over the euro, the US believes that Europe now needs less help. Russia, despite its best efforts, is unable to play the kind of role that the Soviet Union once did. Germany remains deeply attached to a model of European leadership that respects the autonomy and the rights of smaller states and, overall, Europe today works pretty much the way Woodrow Wilson wanted back in 1918.”

    All I can say is I hope you’re right – on EVERY one of those points.

  • thibaud

    Will the libbetrarian nutjobs please tell us how exactly the scorched-earth federal budget they envision can possibly accommodate a robust US military presence across the Pacific Rim and the world’s major sea lanes of communication?

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    In answer to 3. thibaud – The US military budget as a percentage of US GDP has been falling over time, from 5% of GDP durring the coldwar to about 4% durring the war on terror, and will likely continue to drop as we get out of Afghanistan.

    We all know that it is Entitlements that are busting the budget, and the Leftists failure to be fiscally responsible and address them that is destroying our economy. Sucking our capital markets dry with $1.3+ Trillion in borrowing every year, means consumers and businesses don’t get to borrow that money and create jobs with it. That’s 13 million $100k jobs per year less for the economy, capital wasted by the Government Monopoly whose spending is just a burden on the economy.

    “There’s a reason it’s called Capitalism; it’s because Capital is what fuels it.” Jacksonian Libertarian

    And finally, I object to 3. thibaud’s insulting attitude, with name calling like “libbetrarian”, “scorched-earth”, and “nutjobs” when it is clearly thibaud that provides no evidence of what he means by scorched-earth federal budget, or why moving assets from elsewhere to Asia is going to cost more (how did thibaud’s comment make it past the moderator?). I despise the way leftists like thibaud argue, they are completely uninterested in getting to the Truth, so facts and figures are ignored in favor of character assassination, name calling, and credential counting as if those things have anything to do with the Truth. It doesn’t matter WHO speaks the Truth, it could be a homeless alcoholic it shouldn’t matter the Truth is the Truth no matter where it comes from.

    I like this blog and I would like to see the arguments remain at a respectful Adult level, free of insults, and flame wars.

  • Brendan Doran

    “With alliances and understandings linking key Asian countries in a loose and flexible coalition, the US can get on with the next important job on its to-do list: working with Asian countries, including China, to build a liberal Asian security and economic order that promotes the peaceful development of all the countries in the region.”

    Our loose “coalition” are inherently volatile and violent actors in an inherently unstable and war plagued region – see Sri Lanka [the Chinese did], Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, China itself. This problem with Military alliances in General and this Entente in particular is such alliances are compacts to go to war at a certain date. In Investor terms all these nations have calls on our aid and puts on using us against their neighbors. But since this will all lead to the EU of Asia it’s justified, eh?

    Except that we’ve done rather badly overall from Wars in Asia. WW2 over Japan is it..after that stalemate or defeat.

    Also Game of Thrones/RISK …not so droll with real blood.

  • Brendan Doran

    “Will the libbetrarian nutjobs please tell us how exactly the scorched-earth federal budget they envision can possibly accommodate a robust US military presence across the Pacific Rim and the world’s major sea lanes of communication?”

    The Libertarians don’t. They don’t want any such US Military presence..anywhere…to include the USA. As far as the scorched earth budget the budget keepers seem to be doing that all on their own and bankrupting our money as well.

    The US Hegemony is a Democratic Liberal Internationalist Creation. Don’t blame Conservatives, The Repubs or the Libertarians…Libertarianism is a mostly intellectual pursuit, not a political movement of any consequence.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “Will the libbetrarian nutjobs please tell us how exactly the scorched-earth federal budget they envision can possibly accommodate a robust US military presence …”

    I’m sure the “libbetrarian nutjobs” appreciate your use of the word “please”.

    By the way, how do the vastly more numerous fine people, Democrats and Republicans, who support never-ending large deficits propose to sustainably maintain a robust military?

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