America’s strategic pivot from the Middle East was a mistake, President Biden acknowledged during his recent visit to the region. Admit it’s a good thing; you can’t start solving a problem until you recognize you have one. Unfortunately, this “mistake” was only part of the profound failure of American strategic culture that has dragged this country and the world into an increasingly dark place. The question now is whether Mr. Biden and his team understand how much more needs to be done to get US foreign policy back on track.
At the start of the 21st century, the world seemed more peaceful and American power more firmly entrenched than ever. Twenty-two years into the new century, Americans face the most threatening international environment since the darkest days of the Cold War. The war in Ukraine threatens the post-Cold War order in Europe. Iran is well on its way to a nuclear bomb, and the shadow of China hangs over Taiwan more than ever.