COL Eastman in the WSJ: The Risk of Exaggerating the China Threat

Don't tailor military power for the Pacific at the expense of the dangerous Middle East.

April 19, 2012  |  ARTICLES

On April 19, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by IWP Army Senior Fellow COL Mike Eastman entitled "The Risk of Exaggerating the China Threat: Don't tailor military power for the Pacific at the expense of the dangerous Middle East." 

As American military planners examine national security in light of shrinking budgets and legitimate concerns such as the rise of China, they must not neglect other strategic realities.

Prudence demands preparing for a possible challenge in the Pacific, but it's important to distinguish between threats that are most dangerous and threats that are most likely. Especially during challenging fiscal times, the U.S. should not tailor its military capabilities for the Pacific at the expense of the rest of the world-particularly the Middle East, where economic, demographic and political trends make conflict far more likely than conventional wisdom suggests.

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