Brandon J. Weichert talks with Hillsdale College’s “Citizen Talk” about the rising tensions with Iran and the path forward.
“But, because George H.W. Bush was more concerned with playing petty politics based on short-term assumptions, rather than acting boldly and taking the licks for his decisions. Even his actions in Desert Storm were indecisive, which created many more problems for the United States in the long-run than there otherwise would have been. This is why George H.W. Bush’s presidency was an unmitigated failure (to say nothing of his domestic failures).”
“Investing in space-based missile defense will be the leapfrog that the United States needs to maintain its dominance and secure itself from a world gone haywire.”
“Should the United States fully adhere to the Leahy Law and only support democratic regimes, it would find itself losing out in the grand, geopolitical game. Or worse, it might end up supporting the very same regimes that it must protect itself from (as former President Obama briefly did when he supported the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of Egypt during the Arab Spring).”
“Lastly, 2008 is another year that shall live in infamy. It is, after all, the year that the Great Recession occurred and the underpinnings of the American-led neoliberal order finally came crashing down. Of course, the “bailouts” helped to prevent a hard crash-landing, but that created a further set of problems, which only further undermined the American unipolar order. Needless to say, America needs to get used to the idea that its unipolar order is over and our leaders need to start taking stock of how best to compete in such a Hobbesian, post-unipolar world order.”
Noted author, David Archibald, writes, “Mr President, be careful what you wish for. Some of those Nordic types might look pleasant enough but they could have communist tendencies and be just as nasty as the people from those other countries you referred to.”
In my most recent Video Blog, I address the budding Tripolar global order, in which the U.S. retains the dominant position but must be willing to deal on a more even basis with both the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation. I also urge the incoming Trump Administration to recognize the strategic overlap that the U.S. shares with Russia not only over terrorism, but also in curbing Chinese aggression in Southeast Asia.