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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Obama’s one-war posture invites two -- By Frank J. Gaffney Jr., The Washington Times

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times (Illustration by Alexander Hunter, The Washington Times)

When ‘peace through strength’ crumbles, hostilities proliferate

The latest manifestation of President Obama's serial national security fraud is on display at the moment in East Asia. For much of his presidency, Mr. Obama has contended that the defense budget could be dramatically reduced because, henceforth, the United States would only need sufficient military capability to fight one war at a time.

Predictably, the sorts of geostrategic realities that have argued historically for a two-war capability are intruding on the president's dangerously false representations. The concept is simple: By having the ability to fight and decisively win two nearly simultaneous conflicts in different parts of the world, you discourage any potential adversaries from thinking they can act with impunity once the United States has become engaged in one distant war.

Ronald Reagan called this sort of posture "peace through strength."

Now, however, we confront a Middle East that is becoming more explosive by the day. That is a result, in part, of Mr. Obama's earlier acts of malfeasance and fraud, including his woefully deficient nuclear deal with Iran — which is only beginning to reverberate throughout the region — and the destabilizing dynamics engendered by the ongoing Islamist uprising he has supported from Tunisia to Bahrain.

Meanwhile, China is acting with increasing aggression toward its neighbors in the Western Pacific, most of whom have relied for decades on the sort of American protection that — thanks to the Obama military-wrecking operation — is no longer assured. Beijing has obviously concluded that the United States has neither the muscle nor the will to interfere with Chinese bullying of our allies. It may, by design or by miscalculation, precipitate actual hostilities with Japan over the contested Senkaku Islands controlled by the latter.

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