June 22, 2014

Would Americans Die for Asia?

Harry Kazianis, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Would Obama make the case to the American people that its men and women should give their lives to what many pundits would undoubtedly spin as a ploy to protect a bunch of rocks with a funny sounding name, rocks which most Americans could not even find on a map? Considering the President's limited political capital, with only two-and-a-half years left in office, would he make the case under less than clear-cut circumstances for a conflict which many would say is not in US national interests? To put the question differently: short of an unambiguous Chinese invasion of the Senkakus, would he back Japan unconditionally? Or more broadly: under what circumstances would America come to Asia's rescue?

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TAGGED: Japan, China, Barack Obama, Asia Pivot, Asia, U.S. Foreign Policy, United States


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