"Everyone ... has adjusted to a world in which US influence is declining" - @anneapplebaum in @TheAtlantic
today. To some degree, relative decline is dictated by objective facts. Trump hastened it. theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
During the Obama years, the late Charles Krauthammer declared, "Decline is a choice." That's quite wrong. The Romans never decided, "Oh yes, we could defeat these Goths if we wanted to, but we prefer to let our cities be sacked." Power rests on facts. But ...
... a relatively declining power can mitigate those facts. As European states recognized that they had ceased to be great individual powers after 1945, they created the European Union to join their strengths. Alliance-building should have been US response to China rise. Instead
... we have had four years of alliance-wrecking. It'll be a hell of a job for Biden foreign policy simply to restore partnerships to where they were before Trump started smashing things. And then the hard *real* work begins of actually deepening and strengthening them. - END -

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