Assignment1 - 21 September 2007, p A19, "Lost at...

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21 September 2007, p A19, “Lost at Sea”, Robert D. Kaplan Claims: The author’s main claim is that the War in Iraq has inhibited our military’s ability to assert its influence in the 21st-Century Pacific Theater. He says that the war has eaten up our defense budget and that this is allowing Asian nations to increasingly gain ground against our once dominating force in the region. European influence should be considered out of the equation, according to Kaplan, because their military spending continues to fall. He suggests that the U.S. would benefit most by relinquishing its position as the dominant force in the Pacific region, and should continue to invest in our military while also investing heavily in diplomacy. Evidence: Kaplan doesn’t provide evidence to show how much financially the War in Iraq has cost, however he does state that our defense budget is “under 5 percent of our gross domestic product,” which he says is low compared to history’s standards. His evidence supporting claims
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Assignment1 - 21 September 2007, p A19, "Lost at...

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