Robert Kaplan’s “Asia’s Cauldron”
Strategist Robert Kaplan joins me to survey the largely uncovered surge across the South China Sea by the PRC, detailed in his new and riveting book Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific.
The GOP did not fight hard enough for defense spending over the past five years, allowing the domestic political battles of the era to dominate and alleged “war weariness” to steer the debate away from the country’s necessary role in the world. Mitt Romney’s attempts to warn the country about Russia and especially our declining sea power were laughed off by the Manhattan-Beltway media elite, but no one outside of MSNBC is laughing now. Paul Ryan’s new budget is a welcome start back to the policy of “peace through strength,” and anyone who wants to lead the GOP in the future will have to help carry that banner.