While the rest of the world fixates on either Iran's move to undercut its way to a North Korean-style victory in the just-signed P5+1 nuclear agreement or China's attempts to establish a zone of control in the East China Sea, the implosion of Ukraine is getting barely any attention by geopolitical strategists.
China's unilateral declaration of a ADIZ in the East China Sea was a chance for the administration to swat Beijing's pretensions. Now the first inning has been played, and what follows is my geopolitical box score.
China is the proverbial neighborhood bully, with a knack for making itself despised yet also seemingly unassailable. Beijing's announcement of a new "air defense identification zone" over most of the East China Sea is perhaps the most brazen attempt yet to get the world to recognize it as the big player on the (Asian) block.
Contrary to popular opinion, the cancellation of President Obama's trip to the APEC and Asean meetings this week does not sound the death-knell for his pivot to Asia. Far more dangerous to America's position in the Pacific are looming budget cuts that will result in a minimized foreign presence.