I believe Williams is unduly pessimistic about the role the U.S. will play in the Pacific. The interdependence of all nations requires initiatives and policies that will maintain an economic equilibrium--an equilibrium which dampens the boom and bust cycles of the past and accommodates the economic and social aspirations of people everywhere.
Success in achieving this goal is dependent not on military force or presence, but on our ability to understand and work within the delicate web of international relations which link all nations.
JANET V. KELBLEY
Rancho Palos Verdes