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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
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Topic - Douglas Bandow
As the Obama administration presses the United Nations this week to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, it faces the stark reality that the United States has failed to meet a 2012 deadline to destroy its remaining arsenal and has never pressured its closest Middle East ally, Israel, to sign the treaty banning such weapons.
"We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world," states the Libertarian Party in its bedrock platform statement.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Clinton has visited more nations and spoken to more foreign populations than any U.S. secretary of state in history. But her critics say she has fallen far short of making much of an impact on several foreign policy challenges facing the United States, not to mention the fate of democracy around the world.
"I worry more about Iran and North Korea than I do about Israel and France, and that's natural," he said. "Washington's problem is that it wants to uphold a principle, but if you uphold a principle, you can't make exceptions. So that forces us to do a kind of a rhetorical dance."
"We believe in nonproliferation, but some countries worry us more than others," said Douglas Bandow, a senior fellow specializing in foreign policy at the Cato Institute.