Freelance writer Stephen Glain discusses his article “The Pentagon’s new China war plan” at Salon.com; the dangerous standoff between US full-spectrum dominance and a policy denying any near-peer competitors, with China’s 3000 year history of regional authority; his book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, about how the US has used the military to solve diplomatic problems since President Truman; why we shouldn’t expect a surge of State Department assertiveness with the liberal interventionist Hillary Clinton at the helm; how foreign policy has been removed as a topic of public discussion since the advent of an all-volunteer military; why China’s nuclear arsenal doesn’t deter the Pentagon from planning “limited” confrontations; and why it’s time for the US military to step aside and allow allied countries to field their own defense forces.
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Stephen Glain is a freelance writer with extensive experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and the Middle East. He has written for the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. His latest book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, is just out from Crown. You can follow him on Twitter @sglain.