Wednesday, February 13, 2013
His direct, candid answers summarize his strategic insights about why China is determined to displace the U.S. as the world’s pre-eminent power, how it plans to do so, and how he thinks the U.S. should respond. Lee does not agree with those who believe that the U.S. is in systemic decline. Indeed, he is bullish on America’s “can-do culture,” despite his worries about our sclerotic political system. But America “cannot stop China’s rise,” so it must try to find some way to share leadership of the 21st century.
Made me think of something I'd blogged about long ago:
[P]ower is not just military power; or rather, military power depends on economic growth and political institutions.
Another line of argument is that power is diplomatic, not military: Precisely the threat posed to smaller countries by the power of the United States is encouraging them to combine against America.
Our military interventions around the world and trillions in DoD expenditures overall is all just counterproductive dick swinging. We don't appear to be paying attention to just how anachronistic our 20th-century forms of power projection are in the 21st-century.
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