By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
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Robert Kaplan, a seasoned foreign correspondent, scholar and author, sets out to demonstrate that geography did and does play a major role in the behavior of nations. In much earlier times, for example, natural barriers such as mountains and rivers provided defense. Nowadays, geography that enhances a country's economic importance can determine its geopolitical importance.
Another chapter in the saga of race-con- scious law enforcement by the Obama administration is unfolding on the island of Guam. There, although all residents are subject to the Constitution and laws of the United States, local authorities are openly denying voting rights to U.S. citizens of white, black and Asian extraction, illegally refusing voter registration to any Guam resident unable to claim "native" or Chamorro racial classification.
The Indian Ocean is once again at the heart of the geopolitical world map, Robert Kaplan argues in his latest book. Emerging economies in China and India are shifting the global axis of trade and commerce, making sea lanes along the old East-West trade routes vital to the grand strategy of the United States as a future great power.
He writes, "Thus would Russia be denied access to the European Renaissance, and branded forever with the bitterest feelings of inferiority and insecurity."
Mr. Kaplan argues that elements of both approaches are needed, but that unalloyed idealism may lead to unexpected and undesirable consequences.