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A reality check for Washington

By Stephaan Richter  (China Daily)

14:34, November 22, 2011

As the United States is winding down its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it wants to turn its attention to the Asia-Pacific region. The somewhat grandiose and quite self-serving announcement demonstrates two principal weaknesses.

First is the country's inability to make actual hard choices. And second is its illusory belief that, in contrast to all other countries, it does not have to live with the consequences of its past actions.

In a long article, titled "America's Pacific century", which US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently penned in Foreign Policy magazine, she argues that her country now wants to "lock in a substantially increased investment" in the Asia-Pacific region. The article highlights: "The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action."

The article would have reflected strategic acumen and a clear-headed sense of priorities had it been published in, say, February 2009, or even October 2009, within the first year of US President Barack Obama taking office.

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Nic at 2011-11-2560.53.121.*
Truth is stranger than fiction.Well said Stephaan.
Nic at 2011-11-24175.141.34.*
First read this: US has digested the article, then it may hope to interact well with Asia.
Lee Rong-ji at 2011-11-22116.197.0.*
Ha Ha. Well written Stephaan Richter. A truth couldn"t be better told. Hope Ms Clinton is reading this.
Lee Rong-ji at 2011-11-22116.197.0.*
Ha Ha. Well written Stephaan Richter. A truth couldn"t be better told. Hope Ms Clinton is reading this.

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