To the Editor:
World leadership is not a secondary matter, it is a primary issue for the well-being of our country. Americans should seriously consider two maxims:
1) There is no room for more than one world leader in the world.
2) World leadership never comes by default- it must be sought.
So, before we tackle the many problems that confront us internally and internationally, it is imperative to determine the will of Americans with regard to world leadership.
Everything else will be addressed, based on that decision and, I might add, it’ll make a big difference in how we live and address our problems in the future.
America has been the undisputed leader of the world for at least three generations and, nowadays, most people don’t think very much about it- many consider it to be pretty much of a de facto situation. Well, folks, things have changed and it’s time to pay attention. President Xi Jinping of China has clearly stated to the whole world that it is his intention to make China the world leader. Anybody who ignores his statement is a fool.
Look at what he’s already done to Tibet, what he’s doing to Hong Kong and in the South China Sea and his stated intention to take over Taiwan- also China’s activity in “5G” electronics and rare earth metals.
President Trump has spent most of his adult life making business deals and he fancies himself as being an expert, so when he first interfaced with President Xi he underestimated him and he thought he could use the same wiles to successfully charm and negotiate with him. Xi didn’t succumb to those wiles and Trump ended up with egg on his face. He got played for a fool.
I believe that Trump has recognized his error (i.e. the insult) and realizes that from now on he has to play “hard ball” with Xi. Presently we are approaching a serious juncture, a national election, the outcome of which will determine the nature of America’s foreign policy from 2021 and beyond. Will it seek to maintain our position as the world leader, or will it assume the role of weak appeaser?
While we know Trump’s position, his presumptive contender, Joseph Biden has stated nothing about what his foreign policy might be, if he is elected. We can only speculate. We know that Biden was vice-president for eight years under President Obama, who was sometimes labeled as “The Great Appeaser.” Did some of that rub off?
Maybe? Biden’s 110-page “Build Back Better” agenda document contains nothing about foreign policy, but it was co-authored by Bernie Sanders and that would suggest that Sanders will influence Biden’s foreign policy, too.
Think about how that might influence your future life, above and beyond “Build Back Better.” Think carefully!
Irving W. Glater