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The West’s greatest vulnerability is internal – POLITICO

Meanwhile, Russia and China are arming themselves at great speed and scale, with Moscow fully mobilized to generate a force of 1.5 million troops. | Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images

Our naivety and wishful thinking have prevented us from understanding that when it comes to hard power, there is only dependence – and that there is nothing complex about it, except who depends on whom and for what.

But risk is always present. It has always been inherent in our international system, whether it manifests itself in military imbalances, massive migration flows or the Covid-19 pandemic. And even if it is still considered unacceptable, the only way forward is to relearn how to live with risk and prepare for it.

For the United States and its democratic allies to craft a winning strategy against the axis of dictatorships, our political leaders must speak clearly, honestly, and directly: the rules-based international order—if it ever really existed—is dead. No strategic sleight of hand, no “pivot,” can replace the imperative to relocate production to the United States, decouple from China, and double U.S. defense spending, while radically reforming our weapons supply system.

Western leaders must make it clear to their people that if we are to preserve our prosperity, we will have to fight for it. If we are to ensure our security – and that of our children – we must stop clinging to escalation management as a means to an end. obsessionand be prepared to go to war if the enemy puts it in difficulty. Only then will deterrence be able to hold and regional balances of power will persist.

Citizens of the democratic world do not need to hear platitudes about international norms and values. These have been violated with impunity by Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea over the past two decades. What we need to hear is that there is no substitute for coercive power based on economic strength and national cohesion. After all, it is nations, not armies, that wage war.

In this context, the greatest challenge facing democracies today is the imperative to adapt. But there can be no adaptation unless we are clear about what we must adapt to. Simply put: if we are to preserve peace, the United States and its allies must put ourselves on a war footing, if only because our enemies have already done so. To mobilize for what lies ahead, we must change the culture of how we organize our economic activity and how we interact with each other in society.

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Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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