Israeli PM Natanyahu wants America to flex on Iran…
Other countries in the Middle East back the Israeli’s….
In the Pacific?
Countries there want more American flexing….
In the Ukraine?
Some wouldn’t mind American flexing…..
In the Middle East others want the US to send combat troops to flex against the Islamic State….
But President Obama has resisted almost all of those efforts to send American men and womane back into harms way….
U.S. allies got a “reset” and a “rebalance,” but what they really need and want is reassurance. During our time in the Obama administration, we saw this virtually every day –requests for more high-level attention, greater assistance and spending, stronger military presence and more assets, and deeper diplomatic engagement. But in an era shaped by the Iran nuclear deal, a resurgent Russia, and an aggressive China, American officials are scrambling to figure out what more they can do, and what, if anything, would be enough to satisfy our partners in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
The specific roots of these stresses vary by region, but the general drivers are the same. America’s partners fear the shifting security and political dynamics in their neighborhoods. They question the reliability of decades-old security agreements and international institutions created for different challenges in a different era. And they have taken note of growing U.S. wariness for international engagements…..