There is only one exception to this pattern of heightened US influence: China. The sharp reduction of Russia’s economic ties with the advanced countries leaves China as the only major economy outside of the US-led sanctions regime. This increases China’s significance to Russia, promising to enable the Chinese to gain wider access to Russian energy, other natural resources, and military technology.
We need Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger plotting American foreign policy. Our current government is in over its head. Even George H.W. Bush, Brent Scowcroft, and James Baker would be a big step up. Barack Obama isn't up to it.
Armed conflicts in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine require a great deal of skill to think thru and recognize what moves will do most for US interests in the long run. As US power declines relative to China the US is going to need much more skilled handling of its foreign policy. Bu our prospects for getting more skilled foreign policy makers seem bleak.
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