"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 presidential visit comes at a perilous time for Sino-American relations. Washington has not adequately answered China’s continued aggression toward Japan and Southeast Asian nations."
"If to a hammer, everything looks like a nail, then to the State Department, every crisis looks like an opportunity for a diplomatic process. Sometimes, however, doing nothing can be the best strategy."
"Today, 'zero' describes perfectly the likelihood of further bilateral reductions in nuclear arms. Obama has burned all his goodwill with Congress. He won’t get any support for further unilateral cuts."
"Those who argue that the United States spends too much on defense ignore the fact that the cost of preventing war is far less than the cost of fighting one. Unfortunately, the weakness inherent in Obama’s 'grand strategy,' such as it is, is tailor-made to invite aggression and therefore is likely to result in war."
“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.”