No president has taken more abuse and ridicule than George W. Bush. Unnoticed and unheralded is an intelligent long range strategy that will protect American interests far into the future. These actions may eclipse the importance of the experiment with Democracy in Iraq. The synoposis of this strategy is discussed in this article in Financial Times. I missed the story when it was in The New York Times. Do not miss this one. Here are some excerpts, but a very worthy read.
"The centrepiece of President George W.Bushs Asia policy is encouraging Japans normalisation as a great military power, a historic break from Japans post-1945 tradition of pacifism. Similarly, Washingtons intensifying partnership with New Delhi reflects Americas determination to accelerate Indias rise to world power and Indias aspirations for greatness. In India and Japan, the US is fuelling the strategic ascent of countries that intend to face China as equals.
The US is also cultivating the emerging regional powers of Indonesia and Vietnam. Like India and Japan, they share a historical wariness of Chinese power and an interest in countering Chinese influence in south-east Asia.
Lastly, the US is nurturing a strategic community of democracies in the shadow of Chinese autocracy. America and Japan have formalised trilateral defence co-ordination with both Australia and South Korea and are exploring a trilateral strategic dialogue with India. America wants Nato to develop military interoperability with leading Asian democracies."