China has always followed the U.S. military’s strategic as well as operational innovations. That is an important basis for its emergence as a rival of the American armed forces in the distant future. That very fact also bothers the U.S. military. Reading China’s latest White Paper (“China’s National Defense in 2010”), once again, convinces one about the commitment and resolve of its leaders to close the power gap between China and the U.S. military. Exactly when that gap will be closed is matter of guesswork: the optimists (from the PRC’s point of view) give it another twenty or so years, while the pessimists assign a longer period of catching up.
Visiting India is especially exciting now that it continues its march toward becoming a great power. Watching the making of greatness is an experience that is hard to capture in words.
No new team brings success to a failing strategy. Thus, President Barack Obama’s decision to appoint a new Secretary of
Defense, Leon Panetta, a new CIA chief, General David Petraeus, and a new general to head the war in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General John Allen, promises no certain victory of the war in that country. It is just as simple as that.