Uncontested U.S. control of Pacific is ending

The four-star commander of U.S. Pacific Command acknowledged some pretty startling facts at a Naval conference.

Here are some key points from the article, PACOM chief: Uncontested U.S. control of Pacific is ending.

First, the Admiral admitted the U.S. will no longer be dominant in certain instances.

“We need to think about all scenarios, not just the ones we’ve been dealing with over the last several years where we’ve enjoyed basic air superiority and basic sea superiority. There are places in the world where in this century we won’t have them.”

And he made the argument, as best as I’ve seen, as to why we must stay engaged there.

“For one thing, the region “from Hollywood to Bollywood” is “the economic engine that drives the global economy,” he said. “The region also is becoming increasingly militarized and has no NATO-like security structure to prevent conflicts. And the rise of China’s military spending and capability is upending the status quo that took root after World War II.”

Go read the whole article. It’s well worth the read. Here’s the link again: PACOM chief: Uncontested U.S. control of Pacific is ending.

And as always, I would love to hear any of your all’s thoughts about it.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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9 responses to “Uncontested U.S. control of Pacific is ending

  1. I’ve been laid up with a stomach virus (yuk!), which has been no fun. Juice and chicken soup for a week. Man, I need a steak today! Yes, the scenario that is laid out is scary. We are losing our world dominance in the air and on the sea. Let’s pray that our combat units are still strong and in training. Even with super weapons, the final push will come with our fighting troops.

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    • I still think we’ll have a pretty strong edge for at least another twenty years, and that’s assuming no new investments that are outside the ordinary.

      The bigger threat is U.S. strength, economically and emotionally. Even I am no longer convinced that we can afford to be the world’s lone superpower. Call me a jerk, but we’re broke, so if your name is South Korea, Japan, or Taiwan (or anywhere else) and you want us to defend you, then I’m sorry, but we need some serious compensation.

      You can call it tribute or taxes or whatever you want, but the current (absurd) scheme that we practice cannot endure forever. We have to be the only country in world history that invades (or liberates) places and then leaves with barely a token for our service.

      It’s admirable, don’t get me wrong, and it’s partly what makes us great, but the CEO in me says it’s not sustainable. We’ll have to at some point face a new reality, I fear.

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      • I totally agree. I still get a chill remembering the Marshall plan after WWII. Germany destroyed Europe, and the US rebuilds it (sigh). It’s always on the tax payers, huh?

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        • Yeah, and not the ones who have much money. It’s the middle class that pays. Really, our policies only help corporations, who turnaround and further screw us by shipping jobs and profits overseas.

          I guess on the bright side we get cheap goods, but the whole situation makes me sick.

          Okay, enough of a rant. It’s simpler to just put out an American flag and pretend everything is just great. And unfortunately, that’s probably the wise course of action since both Dems and Republicans favor these policies…

          Nothing is changing any time soon as long as the rich can donate unbelievable sums of money to both sides based mostly on this one issue.

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      • davidstanley11

        I agree! We are broke and throwing away money in trillions. Russia went broke and collapsed after trying to control the world and Afghanistan! We learned nothing from that history and are also on the verge of financial and military collapse.

        Our military role as a Constitutional Republic was to protect our nation and leave other nations alone. Why are our brave military forces spread all over the world and our own borders wide open? NO more phony wars. Balance the budget, give our veterans the health care and pensions they deserve. Please pray to God for wisdom and honesty in our government!

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        • Dr. Stanley, I couldn’t agree more! And I think a liberterian like Rand Paul can probably win if they can get through the GOP primary.

          Americans, especially the younger ones who helped elect Obama, are tired of our interventionist foreign policy. Even George W. Bush partly ran on not getting involved (prior to 9/11), and Obama talked quite a bit about less war (though he’s certainly played hard ball in some areas and not so much in others).

          Anyway, I’ll always be an optimist, and I believe we’ll get these policies right. (And frankly, if we don’t soon, then our country’s bankers are going to start getting more involved.) There’s just no way that our current course is sustainable.

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  2. It would’ve been nice if the Europeans had paid even part of our tab for rebuilding Europe after WW2, not to mention part of the cost of our war effort, but let’s not forget they paid a terrible price without having to get a bill from us. It would also be nice if the modern Europeans would remember that they still owe us a few francs or pounds or euros, so why not support us in places like the Middle East and the UN. But they probably won’t Those who are saved are not often full of gratituude, or at least as much as we would like.

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    • Sorry for a couple typos! The box only let me see a few lines. I might add that if push does come to shove with China, I hope the Koreans, Taiwanese and Japanese will prove to be more thankful.

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      • Good point about the Europeans. I guess the thought was our economy was the only one big enough to be able to help them rebuild, but honestly — by almost any historical standard — our generosity goes to the point of being absurd, I’d say. (Almost dangerous, I’d quickly add…)

        And great point about the Koreans, Taiwanese, and Japanese. I hadn’t considered the reverse side of what we gain from all of those alliances. And who knows, we’d probably have the Thai’s, Philippine’s, and possibly even the Vietnamese on our side, as well.

        Appreciate the comment! Thanks for making me think and see this in a slightly different light!

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