Freelance writer Stephen Glain discusses his article “The Pentagon’s new China war plan” at Salon.com; the dangerous standoff between US full-spectrum dominance and a policy denying any near-peer competitors, with China’s 3000 year history of regional authority; his book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, about how the US has used the military to solve diplomatic problems since President Truman; why we shouldn’t expect a surge of State Department assertiveness with the liberal interventionist Hillary Clinton at the helm; how foreign policy has been removed as a topic of public discussion since the advent of an all-volunteer military; why China’s nuclear arsenal doesn’t deter the Pentagon from planning “limited” confrontations; and why it’s time for the US military to step aside and allow allied countries to field their own defense forces.

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