Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Obama Administration and Choices
On the question of choices, Derek Reveron over at New Atlanticist made these observations:
With two important operations ongoing and security assistance programs with 149 countries, the U.S. military is in high demand. President Obama’s strategic outlook does not suggest this will change. And with the inability or unwillingness of allies and partners to increase contributions to international security, the post-modernists are likely to guide future defense spending to get Gates’ balanced force structure.(Visit his post to get his description of the three "schools" for defense policy.)
It all sounds very end-of-history-axis-of-evil-and-outposts-of-tyranny, sort of thing.
What is Mr Gvosdev's take?
The current economic conditions only makes the fiscal crisis of US military worse.
I do not think this is an issue of choices - many of those options are no longer even on the table.