tom asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 7 years ago

Why did Obama implemented the "pivot to Asia" strategy?

Why is he sending so many troops, carriers and aircrafts over there?

Btw, is it true that there are more US forces in Asia than in the Middle East right now?

Update:

Fine, instead of "Asia" let's call it "Far East"

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  • 7 years ago
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    Since I never heard of "pivot to Asia," I can't comment on that, but I can comment on the "Middle East." It is a British construct. They referred to the Near East when talking about North Africa, the Middle East when referring to Iran and points West to the Mediterranean, India, and the Far East. That is, Near or Far as far as the Brits were concerned. I suppose that from an Alaskan point of view, the "Far East" would be the "Near West."

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  • 7 years ago

    Parts of Asia are in the Middle East.

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  • Philip
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    7 years ago

    After WW2 we entered into a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and there was a lot of concern about the security of Europe. The Soviet Union no longer exists, and the Western European countries basically have stable governments with strong democratic roots.

    China has emerged as a powerful political, economic, and military player. Japan is an important economic player and a major trading partner. South Korea and Australia are important allies. North Korea is quickly becoming a major regional partner. Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore are all emerging economic powers.

    In South Asia, India and Pakistan are both major regional military powers; India plays a major role in economic matters.

    So of course it makes sense to shift our focus away from Europe to Asia.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Mid East is in Asia

    Asia includes Middle East

    i challenge you to show me the dividing line.

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  • 7 years ago

    China has been building up their military force, and North Korea is always a pest. We can sell arms to Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea. The 'pivot' wants to address the Chinese/N. Korea threat while selling a ton of arms to our allies, and we stand to make a huge amount of money.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    its close to the Middle East

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