Corruption in Lajes Decision?

After I visited the Azores over Thanksgiving, I was struck by the degree of the U.S. draw down from its longtime presence at Lajes Field, especially given China’s quite open desire to lease the facility upon the U.S. withdrawal as well as to refurbish the nearby port to military standards. Politicians at present may continue to debate the wisdom of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran or the degree to which Americans should put boots on the ground to defeat the Islamic State. Candidates for their respective party’s nominations might even question proper policy toward Russia — which is on the offensive in the Ukraine and Syria — and threats Eastern Europe. As China develops carrier-killing missiles, a blue water navy, supersonic fighters and weaponry, and anti-satellite technology, however, most diplomats and national security analysts across the political spectrum acknowledge that China may pose the greatest long-term geostrategic threat to the United States, making all the more bizarre the willingness of the Obama administration and Pentagon officials effectively to enable the Chinese to establish a logistical base in the middle of the Atlantic from where they might harass U.S. shipping, collect intelligence, and threaten the East Coast.

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