Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pacific Pivot Deja Vu?

So we're pivoting to the Pacific...didn't we do that once before? Information Dissemination analyzes Britain's pivot to the Pacific, and offers some pointers here:


"The United States can successfully conduct a Pacific pivot of its military forces provided it heeds these lessons from Britain's failure. In the end, it really comes down to what choices a nation makes and what level of risk it chooses to sustain in pursuit of a given strategy. China might remain a friend for the next 25+ years, but then again it might become more aggressive and hostile. The Russians might again become strategic competitors and Iran remains unpredictable and dangerous. The British took risks then that we now cannot afford to do. Hopefully own own Pacific pivot will take these lessons into account."