Contest U.S. Decision to Increase Military Presence in Asia-Pacific

Target: Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Goal: Don’t increase U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Recently, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta proclaimed that the U.S. is starting to shift its military focus to the Pacific in order to attain a stronger ship presence in the South-East Asian countries. Fortunately, the U.S. is facing substantial cuts in defense spending in 2013, so Panetta’s expansionary defense plan will not be able to gain too much momentum. However, the people of the United States need to oppose Panetta’s ballooning defense schemes around the globe because an increased U.S. military presence is simply going to lead to more unnecessary international conflict and confrontation.

These interventionist policies that the government has been launching for decades are simply giving our country a bad name and reputation around the globe. When our government decides to increase its military presence in other countries, it creates tensions and hostilities towards us. These interventions around the world are obviously going to cause negative reactions and endanger the safety of the American people. China has already stated that it would be very unhappy with a larger U.S. presence within its area—Panetta’s decision to move defense to the Pacific is clearly asking for new tensions with China. Furthermore, the U.S. does not have any room to ask for more defense spending when our nation already holds such a colossal amount of financial debt. If our government continues to push for more interventionist policies to increase our country’s dominant presence around the world, then our country is going to be brought to complete bankruptcy.

If the government, led by Panetta’s defense policies, maintains such a large unwanted existence around the world, then the American people are going to suffer from decreased safety from revengeful attacks on our country and our currency will be utterly destroyed by bankruptcy. Panetta’s expanding defense policies need to be countered by the American people.


Dear Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,

Your decision to increase U.S. military presence in Asia-Pacific not only harms our nation’s pocket, but it also puts the safety of the American people in jeopardy. China specifically stated that it would not support increased American presence in its area, which would therefore create unnecessary tensions with China. Our nation needs to keep out of the business of other countries—if our military meddles everywhere around the world, we are only creating frictions and hostilities to our nation and our people. Please consider dropping your plan to increase the amount of ships in the Pacific, as this action would cause a very negative reaction from China.


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