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PacNet #22 – Force Restructuring Anxiety

SINGAPORE – There was a time when the Pentagon saw "relieving regional anxiety" as one of its primary alliance maintenance tasks in East Asia. Today, it seems more adept at creating this anxiety, rather than providing the reassurance that lies at the heart of sustaining America’s critical alliance relationships in East Asia. I’m talking about the now infamous (and frequently misquoted) Los Angeles Times story about U.S. military force restructuring in East Asia, built around an on-the-record interview with U.S.