Trump’s economic war on China comes in the shadow of an even deadlier military escalation. And it may not stop after November, no matter who wins the election.
The president apparently wants to put the U.S. on a permanent war footing to sustain his unpopular presidency.
Let’s say the U.S. actually curbed its military adventurism, reeled in the Pentagon budget, and closed its global network of bases. Then what?
Time to cull the herd: America’s sprawling global footprint encourages military confrontation, makes host countries into targets, and costs taxpayers a fortune.
China’s increased military spending might not preclude its “peaceful rise,” but Beijing isn’t inspiring any confidence among its neighbors.
Hyping threats from Russia, China, and the rest of the world, the U.S. War Party is gearing up to reassert American power.
If Obama thought his short pass through Pacific would boost the much-vaunted U.S. “pivot” to Asia, he soon discovered that the world is not cooperating with his best-laid plans.