The Problem with the Pivot

“Last year, the White House announced a “pivot” toward Asia, a “rebalancing” of what National Security adviser Tom Donilon called “all elements of U.S. power.” There was to be less emphasis on the Middle East, where nothing ever seems to go America’s way, and a new strategic foreign-policy focus on the Far East, where perhaps something might.

When “it comes to the Asia-Pacific,” Donilon said only a month ago, “the United States is ‘all in.'” At the moment, however, “all in” is not working out.”