Economic Indicator
Life is less comfortable under America's defense umbrella

To the editor: While Bruce Ackerman makes a fair point in calling for the European Union to assume far more responsibility for the continent's security, he overstates Washington's pivot to Asia while failing to make equal demands of our Asian and Middle East allies to assume greater responsibility for their defense. ("Europe needs to provide for its own defense," Op-Ed, Sept. 8) Ackerman claims the pivot "will include a massive shift of military resources to the Pacific." Hardly. Plans call for increasing our naval forces in the Pacific to 60% from roughly 55% of a total fleet that will be declining in numbers. Nor are there plans to move large numbers of...