National Affairs: KEEP THE FREE WORLD BIG

A crucial point in the current debate about Asia is what to do about reluctant allies—give in to them, try to win them over, or if need be, go it alone. Last week, in a commencement speech at Georgetown University, Ambassador Warren Austin, U.S. Representative to the U.N., and a Republican, made the case for allies. Excerpts:

SOME say our strategic frontier lies along an island chain, or on a river's bank. I say our strategic frontier lies where aggression threatens liberty.

We have not the capability of imposing a pax Americana upon the world. More important, we have not the desire. Our...

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