If you loved the Global War on Terror (GWOT) and its fearmongering about a “mushroom cloud” over New York City and its “strategy” of invading Iraq to ignite a cascading revolution of liberal democracy across the Middle East, you will love the hawks in Washington who now want us to be willing to go to war with China over Taiwan in what is being called “the era of great power competition” in Washington.
“A consensus can change slowly and then, under the right pressure, all at once, and for Republicans that pressure came from Donald Trump. No dove or systematizer, he still made realism and anti-interventionism respectable again — with immediate consequences for my friend. Two years after Team Jeb! declined his services, Colby was in Trump’s Pentagon helping devise the administration’s national defense strategy. And now he has a new book, “The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict,” making the case for a foreign policy that leaves the post-9/11 era decisively behind.
As the title suggests, this is a realist’s book, laser-focused on China’s bid for mastery in Asia as the 21st century’s most important threat. All other challenges are secondary: Terrorism can be managed with “smaller footprint operations,” the liberal Trump-era fixation on Vladimir Putin mistakes a sideshow for the main event and the longstanding Republican focus on rogue states like Iran and North Korea is equally misguided.
Only China threatens American interests in a profound way, through a consolidation of economic power in Asia that imperils our prosperity and a military defeat that could shatter our alliance system. Therefore American policy should be organized to deny Beijing regional hegemony and deter any military adventurism — first and foremost through a stronger commitment to defending the island of Taiwan. …”
We just lost a war to the Taliban.
So, we are going to respond to that defeat by pivoting to a potential war with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)? We’re going to stake everything on a guarantee of the independence of Taiwan?
Note: Doesn’t this remind you of Neville Chamberlain’s guarantee of Poland?