BBC News - Obama unveils new strategy for 'leaner' US military
This is an interesting move from Obama and one that I agree with to a degree. I agree that the US should spend less money on foreign wars and try and should switch the focus to the economy my only problem is how can you cutback and then switch focus to Asia.
"Obama said in November on a visit to Canberra, Australia that the Asia-Pacific was now a top priority for the US. That speech was seen as a challenge to the rising regional power of China."
China have increased their defence budget significantly for the past 5 years and you are not going to challenge them by decreasing the size of the military and poking China is only going to make it worse. Either cut the budget and bring back the troops and concentrate on domestic policy or challenge China which is it going to be?