"This year’s announcement offers a crucial piece of evidence in figuring out which school has been more right about China’s intentions and aspirations. If the school more sanguine about China’s military buildup and strategic ambitions were right, we should have seen a decline in China’s military spending."
"Anxiety about the relative military balance between the United States and China is building among the defense officials charged with monitoring it. As a result, the United States is beginning to mount an effort to respond to China’s growing capabilities."
"The president- and foreign officials- could soon come to realize that the incoming Republican-led U.S. Congress is good news for Asia and America's position in the region."
"U.S. military supremacy isn’t what it was ten, let alone twenty, years ago, particularly in Asia and Eastern Europe. Today, the United States faces a far more competitive battlefield should it have to square off against China or Russia, and a messier and less controlled one in the event of war with North Korea or even Iran."
"The truth is that Obama is no realist. The president might approve of restraint in international affairs; he might be skeptical of grand projects, ambivalent about the promotion of democracy and human rights, and even inclined toward retrenchment. But that doesn’t make him a realist."
"The United States cannot hide from the world. Rather, it must compete. And if it competes well, it can restore not only its economic health, but also its strength for the long haul. That resilience will preserve Americans' ability to determine their fate and the nation's ability to lead in the way its interests require."
“There is a pressing question of how to address U.S. allies’ disquiet about the reliability and credibility of our extended deterrent. But it is wrong to argue that we should terminate our alliances with Japan or South Korea if they pursue nuclear weapons. Geopolitics should trump nonproliferation.”