(Ashton B Carter: "WHY REBALANCE WILL SUCEEED
So there is so much that goes into the rebalance. Let me close by noting that there are those who have concerns about, and perhaps some who have hope for, a theory that our rebalance will not be lasting, or that it’s not sustainable.
I’m a physicist, and I therefore put facts against theory, and let me tell you why this theory doesn’t fit the facts.
The rebalance will continue, and in fact gain momentum for two reasons:
First, U.S. interests in the region are enduring, and so also will be our political and economic presence. This presence is accompanied by values of democracy, freedom, human rights, civilian control of the military, and respect for the sovereignty of nations that America has long stood for, and that human beings welcome and I think relate to.
So our interest in staying a pivotal force in the region will, we believe, be reciprocated.
Second, we have the resources to accomplish the rebalance. Some who wish to question the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific theater point to the current, seemingly endless debate in Washington about the U.S. budget, and wonder whether all this can be accomplished.
I’m interested to hear this because I’m more accustomed to listening to people question why the U.S. spends more on defense than the next 16 largest militaries in the world combined. This statistic is true and won’t change much in coming years. It’s also worth noting that most of the rest of the money that the world spends on defense is spent by countries that are allies and friends of the United States. These levels of defense spending are a reflection of the amount of responsibility that the U.S. and its friends and allies share for providing peace and security." -- Ashton B Carter, as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., April 08, 2013)