The consistently narrow margins of party control in the contemporary Congress ensure that the shrinking number of moderates continue to hold the balance of power between blocs of ideological stalwarts.
Japan’s constitutional provision barring it from maintaining a military has long been honored more in the breach than the observance. Notwithstanding the command of Article 9, Japan retains one of the largest militaries in the world.
The additions may encourage over the long term the trend for NATO to become engaged in other parts of the world. Last month, the alliance announced efforts to expand relations with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. Russia has reconfirmed the validity of NATO.
Combating the threats to global order requires an American military that’s second to none. Keeping seasoned service members in uniform while harnessing the promise of new technologies can help the U.S. overcome its recruiting challenges without sacrificing the military’s core strengths.
One of the biggest threats to America’s emergence as a global energy provider is a spate of lawsuits in the United States alleging that America’s energy providers should be financially liable for global climate change-related impacts around the country.