April 28th, 2014
08:54 AM ET

Zakaria: Let Asia into the club

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By Fareed Zakaria

For all its problems, the real threat to a serious Asia strategy comes not from the administration but from Congress and maybe the American public. In fact, the difficulties in the execution of the Asian pivot raise the broader question – can America have a grand strategy today?

Obama's basic approach is wise, and is in many ways a continuation of U.S. foreign policy since Bill Clinton's presidency, including George W Bush.

On the diplomatic front, it has two elements – deterrence and engagement.All countries in Asia, as well as the United States, seek stronger and deeper economic ties with China and want to ensure that that country does not become an expansionist regional bully.

Now, getting the balance between those two elements, engagement and deterrence, is hard to do and easy to criticize. There is, however, a broader aspect to Asia policy, one that is constructive. At the center of this is the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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  1. GOP Prayer - GOPers, Read Together and Out Loud With Me

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    April 28, 2014 at 9:28 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      @ GOP Prayer: that prayer has been repeated so frequently that the Lord has learned it by heart.
      Why don't you teach Him the Hail Mary?
      Moi, I continue to send small love offerings to Obama-tupe groups, such as Ready for Hillary, while maintaining my Republican voter registration and waiting for Republicans to catch up with the rest of the school class.

      April 28, 2014 at 10:03 am |
  2. Joseph McCarthy

    The only regional expansionist bullies in Asia right now are we Americans. Look at what's happening at the Clark Air Force base in the Philippines. In 1991, we turned that base over to the Philippines and left and now we're taking it back and expanding it again. Instead of turning the bases over to our "allies" as we should do, we're expanding them and sending more of our military there. Moreover, we don't need to have our navy dominate the Pacific in order to have stability there. Let the Russians, Australians, New Zealanders and the Indonesians patrol that part of the world. These countries all have their own navies!

    April 28, 2014 at 10:26 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      I do not think that we "should" turn our bases over to our allies.
      The Tyranny of the Shoulds continues to trouble our minds, just as it troubles the waters.

      April 28, 2014 at 11:14 am |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Good grief Joey, you sound another run-of-the-mill Tea Partier or do you favor bullying others as you obvious think we should do?

        April 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
      • banasy©

        You're losing your mind, aren't you?
        Disagreeing with you means one thing: they don't agree with you.

        April 28, 2014 at 11:58 pm |
    • worldlypatriotusaveteran

      You are WRONG! Before commenting on the recent agreement with the Philippines, perhaps you should do yourself a favor and actually READ the details of the agreement.

      For your education, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement specifically forbids any "take-over" of any base or port in the Philippines. The USA will be allowed to stage emergency equipment at unspecified locations in the Philippines. Additionally, US military personnel will be allowed to be TEMPORARILY based in the Philippines. It's a 10-year agreement.

      The Philippine military commanders will have, at ALL times, complete access to any temporary base or port of the US military. That's a VERY IMPORTANT aspect of the agreement!

      April 30, 2014 at 10:07 am |
  3. palintwit

    Sarah Palin believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old. She believes that the baby jesus buried all those millions of years old dinosaur fossils just to mess with everybody's head.

    April 28, 2014 at 10:32 am |
  4. ✠ RZ ✠

    They've got our gold. They've got our jobs. They've supplied us with endless amounts of goods. They're buying up our real estate and corporations and they won't extend us any more credit. What's left for to trade? Our military? Don't think so, they already got theirs. Our government? Fat frickin' chance. The end result of all this is a big short term gain for the wealthy at the expense of selling out the country. It's not good, will only get worse, and will end real bad. Bubba knows it, Obama knows it, heck, we all know it. But what's being done about it? The only thing left. Keep printing more money.

    April 28, 2014 at 11:22 am |
    • Francis

      They still have the US Citizenship to sell – at $500,000 / each and they are selling them like hot cakes...

      May 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm |
  5. Troy

    Who would have thunk it? A CNN progressive stumping for the neocon "Project for the New American Century". The "Asian Pivot" was planned by neocons like Cheney, Wolfowitz and Kagan back in 2001. See for yourself. Google "Rebuilding Americas Defenses".

    April 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm |
  6. chrissy

    Agreed @ RZ treasonist sobs is what we have running our country amuck!

    April 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Joseph McCarthy

    Good grief chrissy, you sound like another tea partier. You must be in cohoots with the thugs in Washington.
    What a disgrace!

    April 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm |
    • banasy©

      Give it a rest, skippy. This TP reply schtick had been stale for the last four years.

      April 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm |
  8. chrissy

    Lol yea "skippy" give it a rest! Last week when you were posting as JM you said basically the same thing about our government. You are jumbling up your characters again! Remember this: fence straddlers tend to get hurt in a very vulnerable spot when they forget what side theyre playing on and fall over the other! Oh and when that happens...and it will....you better have plenty of that TP on hand lol

    April 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
  9. globeharmony

    "that country does not become an expansionist regional bully".

    From the "world bully"? LOL.

    April 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      It was a country that got bigger; it was a country that got smaller.
      It was a country with some citizens who thought that it would enhance their own lifestyles to call their country a bully.
      Wonderfully, it was a free country in which citizens, as well as residents, could call their nation a bully, even while it protected them.

      April 30, 2014 at 10:44 am |
      • banasy©


        April 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
  10. Yankee

    We need to send Fareed Zakaria to Asia where he came from. now that would be an effective policy!

    April 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm |
    • why we should care

      We need to send you to Asia, so that you can get a job! Now that would be even more effective policy.

      May 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
  11. valveone

    Taking in foreign exchange students from China. I have learned that we Americans simply live in a bubble. Talking with the students and asking them to be completely and brutally honest about America. 19 out of the 20 students have all said the same thing, Americans are stupid, fat, and think we are better than the rest of the world. Two main points that they all point out is. One we Americans allow other country's to use our own laws against us. In China it would and has never happen. Point two They all laugh when they hear the American term "Fair Business Practice" The Chinese students say there is nothing fair in business. Its only two objectives taking your money and the second is taking more of your money.

    May 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
  12. why we should care

    Look at both the pics at the top of this article. US Presidents (Obama & Clinton) waving their hands at Asians, as they disembark from Air-Force One, in Asia. Are they thanking the Asians for taking all of our jobs! What a joke! Do we realize that as we Americans swagger around Asia, acting like big-shots, the Asians are quietly cackling at us? Asians have gotten incredibly rich, at the expense of the American middle-class. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Sad...........

    May 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm |
  13. Lest a

    This is all fun to watch from up here in my igloo. Don't wry Americans canada will take you.

    May 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm |
  14. EA Marco Polo

    [Compensation for chemical weapon in Vietnam-America War]

    The US uses evilest chemical weapon, Agent Orange, to hurt 2 million innocent Vietnamese (including 400,000 children), 10 million animals and 20 million plants in the Vietnam-America War; but lies are spoken continually. Vietnamese people should get an apology and compensation (US$ 5 trillion) from the corrupt US government.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:15 am |
  15. EA Marco Polo

    [The US murders 100,000 innocent Iraqis]

    The US kills 100,000 innocent Iraqis and 4500 US soldiers in the Iraq-America War. The result is clear the immoral US troops were expelled by the brave Iraqi people, and Iraq becomes a firm ally of Iran. The corrupt US also kills 30,000 innocent Afghans but could not reduce one Taliban fighters. Iraq and Afghanistan both should get apologies and compensations (US$ 10 trillion, US$ 3 trillion) from the US.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:22 am |
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