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October 7, 2013  

Pivot falters | Instant classic | Afghan milestone

Asia Pivot Watch: The Atlantic wants to know: “Are We Pivoting to Africa Rather Than Asia?” Meanwhile, Reuters writes, “As Obama’s Asia ‘pivot’ falters, China steps into the gap.”

Mark Stout calls Lawrence Freedman’s Strategy: A History an instant classic: “Nobody can come away from this book without feeling enriched and intellectually challenged.” (War on the Rocks)

And just to note, today marks 12 years for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. 54,000 troops are still there. That number is to shrink to 34,000 by February; all “combat troops” are to leave by early 2015. (Stars & Stripes)

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“If we desire to secure peace, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” — President George Washington

Contributed by Richard Halloran, former New York Times foreign correspondent in Asia and military correspondent in Washington, D.C. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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