The Exotic Eastern European Film Director and I climbed out of our cab and rang the bell at the studio of the Internationally Famous Artist.
Could it be our boy’s done something rash?
– Bertholt Brecht, Die Moritat von Mackie Messer, or Mack the Knife, translated and sanitized by Marc Blitzstein, with thanks to Bobby Darin
The final leg in our Cold War II stool is the containment of China diplomatically
As global trade retreats and is replaced by regional trading blocs, power will flow to those countries that are most self-reliant.
Whatever happens with my proposal that the West launch Cold War II, the next three decades will be far less friendly to the Chinese economy than the past three decades have been. There are three reasons for this.
Assuming that we can summon the courage to contain Beijing militarily, the next leg of the containment stool is to restrain China economically. Military containment will prevent China from overrunning other lands and peoples, but only economic containment can bring the Chinese Communist Party to its knees (or its senses).
In the Indo-Pacific region, China wants complete dominance; it wants to force the United States out and become the region’s unchallenged political, economic, and military hegemon. And globally … it wants to be powerful enough to counter Washington when needed. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Foreign Affairs
In April of 2017, as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were preparing to meet, a group of academics, policy wonks and former diplomats took out a full-page ad in the New York Times. The wonks warned the US against falling into the “Thucydides Trap.”
It’s been a long time since I berated my friends at the Fed, and my typing fingers are getting itchy. So I’m interrupting my Cold War II series for a little pleasant Fed-bashing.
In the 1980s, almost four decades into Cold War I, President Reagan dramatically ratcheted up the pressure on the Soviet Union by expanding and modernizing the US military and launching his famous “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense) Initiative.