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Stealth Retreat

Robert Gates was wrong on the F-22, and much more.

12:25 PM, Jan 6, 2011 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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This administration’s shortsighted F-22 decision is just one dimension of the larger, and continuing, U.S. retreat from the entire “perimeter” with China, not only in the Northeast but also in Southeast Asia. And it’s not just the F-22 but also the tanker, the pullout from bases, the shrinking of the Navy, and so on. We’re sacrificing strategic gains made over decades (Korea and Japan) if not longer (the Philippines and Southeast Asia) – and the administration is allowing a qualitative and quantitative advantage amassed by a previous generation to erode.

Our new Congress should be appropriately wary of any further cuts to procurement, and appropriately skeptical of the assumptions about China that are guiding the administration’s thinking. 

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