“In fact, President Woodrow Wilson had made clear his antipathy to all forms of empire. Rather than merely sending American doughboys to end the war in the entente’s favor, Wilson insisted on fighting to end all war while simultaneously ending empire itself. Wilson envisaged a postwar order that forced all European empires to abandon their overseas colonies, embraced free trade, and made their markets open to American goods while opening their polities to American ideals. Essentially, Wilson wanted a postwar scenario in which all empires lost.”
In the wake of another round of massive, debilitating cyber attacks upon America from a rival state, the U.S. needs to get serious about cyber warfare. As it stands, our current doctrine is totally insufficient at preventing cyber attacks. Thus, the U.S. needs to craft a preemptive, offensive cyber warfare doctrine to force other actors to come to the table and agree to a framework for the responsible usage of cyberspace in peacetime.
Russia has a preemptive nuclear warfare doctrine. The leadership there believes that we are but weeks away from full-on war and, if this trend continues, then they will strike the West with nuclear arms first. And, the U.S. and its allies are totally unprepared to respond.