While President Obama hollows out our military to “fundamentally transform” America, there’s another very fundamental transformation taking place in Asia. Communist China is asserting ever-greater sovereignty and control over the resources, airspace and now the waters of the vast South China Sea. Its latest gambit is that foreign fisherman must get Beijing’s permission to operate there.
At this rate, it is only a matter of time before China demands that our navy stay out, too. And we’ll have too small and too unready a fleet to deter, let alone contest, such demands, leaving our allies to submit to the Chinese or face war without our help.
A true “pivot” is needed – to reverse our unilateral disarmament and reestablish, in Asia and elsewhere, the proven Reagan doctrine of “peace through strength.”