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Unformatted text preview: tandably anxious Japan, traveled to Washington in February, he didn't get the unambiguous White House backing of Japan's sovereignty that an ally of long standing deserves and needs. In Europe, an oilrich Russia is rebuilding its conventional arsenal while modernizing (as have China and Pakistan) its nuclear arsenal . Russia has been menacing its East European neighbors , including those, like Poland, that have offered to host elements of a NATO missiledefense system to protect Europe. In 2012, Russia's thenchief of general staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, declared: "A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens." This would be the same Russia that has attempted to dismember its neighbor Georgia and now has a docile Russophile billionaire, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, to supplant the balky, independenceminded government loyal to President Mikhail Saakashvili. In the Persian Gulf, American policy was laid down by Jimmy Carter in his 1980 State of the Union address with what became...
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