Adm. Locklear said the U.S. rebalancing of forces to the Pacific, where up to 60 percent of naval forces will be deployed, includes strengthening key strategic alliances with five major regional allies. The United States also values its developing strategic relationship because of mutual shared interests, he said.
“We also have a desire, I think, to not allow any miscalculation because of our military power, our military issues, to disrupt the opportunities in this region of the world,” Adm. Locklear said.
He noted that “we will remain in this part of the world because, as I look at my children and my grandchildren’s future back in the United States, what’s happening in this region of the world is important to them.”
Adm. Locklear said continued prosperity in Asia requires a stable security environment.
“And that will be my goal as a commander: to ensure through all the mechanisms, including a growing military-military relationship with China, to be able to ensure that we don’t let miscalculations get in the way of a security environment that allows us to prosper together,” he said.
U.S. officials in the past have used the word “miscalculaton” as a euphemism for a U.S. war or other military confrontation with China, topics that are widely discussed almost daily in published Chinese military writings.
Adm. Locklear also said the United States does not have a policy of “containing” China, despite recent efforts to strengthen alliances with numerous non-communist states circling China, including India, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines and Singapore.
“There is no intention nor desire to contain China. We recognize that China is an emerging power and will be a regional superpower in this part of the world. And that’s probably the way that destiny has taken it, and it’s a good thing,” he said.
“So, the question will be: How will the Chinese people and the U.S. people and our government and our military accept each other as an existing power, the United States, and a rising power, China. We all have choices to make in that relationship. We can make good choices together.”
NEW YORK TIMES HIT FOR BIAS
Retired Army Col. Kenneth Allard testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday regarding what he termed the bias of the New York Times, regarding its discredited 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning report that falsely sought to reveal conflicts of interest and wrongdoing by former military officials who were briefed by the Pentagon during the George W. Bush administration.
Col. Allard, testifying on whether recent national security leaks by the Obama administration were designed to boost the president’s re-election efforts, said in prepared testimony that he personally experienced how the New York Times “deliberately distorts national security information, even to the point of plagiarism.”
The target of his ire was the inflammatory expose published on April 20, 2008, that charged 70 retired military officers, including Col. Allard, with misusing their positions while serving as military analysts on broadcast and cable television networks.
“The article went on at considerable length — 7,500 words — to suggest that we had been seduced by privileged access to closed-door Pentagon briefings; that some of the military analysts had allowed their ties to defense contractors to influence what they later said on TV (there were even hints of possible kickbacks); but above all, that the military analysts had conveyed to their TV audiences a view of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq secretly shaped by Pentagon propaganda,” he said.