By Patricia Lee Sharpe
I’ve known this story the way the blind men knew the elephant: generalizing from the feel of the tail, the trunk, the legs. But Jane Perlez has captured the whole animal in a New York Times front-pager entitled “Old, Tangled Alliance Keeps China’s Hands Tied.” Yet China’s not the whole story. See how Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and India factor in—and, in light of those decades-in-the-making complexities, consider the options for an effective, coherent, non-blustery U.S. policy. We’re not talking deal-making here. We’re talking four-dimensional strategic thinking by serious people who understand that all lives matter.
What more can I say? Read it. (Note: title was changed on digital edition.)