Did you know that the world’s lone surviving military superpower, the one that spends more than a trillion dollars yearly on all things military, is weak?
Fox News would have you think that. And so too would the New York Times (NYT).
Over at Fox News, the headline suggests Biden’s weakness is inviting “the next Pearl Harbor,” even as the article focuses mainly on alleged weakness vis-a-vis Russia-Ukraine and China-Taiwan. Meanwhile, my daily summary from the NYT agrees that “U.S. weakness emboldens Moscow and Beijing.”
So what does the NYT suggest America should do to show strength?
…America doesn’t lack toughness — it lacks smarts. Selling more weapons to Ukraine or Taiwan isn’t the answer. Nor are constant threats.
Sun Tzu taught that the best way to win is when you can achieve your objectives without even having to fight.
Guile is not weakness, nor is restraint. But Fox News, joined by the New York Times, would have us think that toughness is mostly about weaponry and a willingness to wage war.
Because, you know, it’s worked so well for America in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and so many other places around the globe.
Read the full article here.