the new world disorder
Time for "Offshore Balancing" in the Middle East?
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  • Nathaniel Greene

    The US is not Great Britain and has a different history and sense of what its foreign policy should be. I just don’t understand the fascination that AI has with Francis Fukayama. He doesn’t understand the US constitution, history, or Americans, not to mention the fact that he hasn’t been right about anything yet.

  • Fat_Man

    I shall repeat myself one more time. FT is paywalled, but you can access articles without payment through Google. If you were to include with the link, the full title of the article and the by line, you would substantially ease the process of finding articles on FT through Google.

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      • Fat_Man

        Gee. Thanks. Nothing like a snooty reply to a reasonable request.

        • BobSykes

          The staff and writers here at Meade’s place are among the most arrogant and ignorant people one could hope to meet. There is a special place in Dante’s Hell reserved for them.

          • You’re certainly entitled to your opinions. But you’re not entitled to have us make your circumvention of other sites’ paywalls easier than it already is.

          • PDX_traveler

            Oh, come on. Don’t conflate telling you unpleasant verities with arrogance. You know, and we all know, the reality with the journalism business today, and pretending to be entitled to information for free wears thin.

  • Pete

    Makes sense to me.

  • Anthony

    “If there is one thing Americans should have learnt from their recent wars, it is that they do not have the wisdom, resources or staying power to dictate political outcomes…. Washington would have to reverse cuts to the defense budget, but this is inevitable anyway, given the challenges posed by Russia and China.” (Fukuyama & Eikenberry)

    Acting as an offshore balancer may not be immediate answer but deserves policy consideration where those strategies are examined.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I have been saying here all along that a strategy of “Divide and Conquer” is the best we can hope for now that Obama has abandoned the seedling of Democracy that America planted in Iraq at such great cost. Having the Jihadists focusing all their resources on killing the other Jihadists and vice a versa, is ideal and exactly what we want them to do. Jumping into this fight without any clear achievable objectives, just gives all the Jihadists a unifying enemy in the Infidel Great Satan America. But. Obama is an idiot.

    • PDX_traveler

      I’ll refrain from changing the noun in your last sentence. But. “Divide and Conquer” != offshore balancing. The latter requires you to step in at judicious time(s) to preserve the balance.

  • Duperray

    “Offshore balancing” is excellent strategy for a country not aiming to dominate and cheering stability. UK was and still is. US are not because de-facto already dominate the planet.

  • PDX_traveler

    Well, I see this as pretty much endorsing the current Administration’s approach in broad brush strokes (or perhaps vice versa – it really doesn’t matter). Speeches will paint moral visions to appease the people, actions will demonstrate the true intent. I expect the Mid-East allied nations whole-heartedly subscribe to the balancing too.

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