Kori Schake

Beijing Memo: What America's Halfhearted 'Pivot' to Asia Must Look Like from Afar

MEMORANDUM: Strategic Planning

To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping

From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui

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All Your Pivots Are Belong to Us

What America's halfhearted "rebalancing" to Asia must look like in Beijing.

MEMORANDUM: Strategic Planning

To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping

From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui

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Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.

Let's get this straight: The Western governments that overthrew Muammar al-Qaddafi but declined to disarm the militia that would predictably wreak havoc in Libya are now condemning the efforts of allied regional governments intervening to stanch the rise of Islamists who are dictating political outcomes contrary to election results. So we are now in favor of continued violent squalor for Libya? Because that is what our policy amounts to. 

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Treating the Symptoms, Letting the Sickness Mutate

President Obama's limited engagement in Iraq is an insult to the people of Syria -- and does nothing to help prevent further violence.

There is an ominous feel to President Barack Obama's announcement last night of airstrikes in Iraq: The president who bragged relentlessly about ending wars is wading into another one. Like the last president to commit military forces in Iraq, he seems to believe the force he is willing to commit is all that the enemy will demand of us, so he limits America's involvement by limiting its means. But unlike the last president to commit military forces in Iraq, Obama seems to have no political end state this military operation is designed to achieve. It is not a recipe for success.

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