History and international relations professor Andrew J. Bacevich reflects on where once Uncle Sam would have stepped in to save a nation or continent in distress, these days it’s Beijing that’s expected to save Europe’s bacon. The crucial issue here is the shifting expectations underlying the moment. Wasn’t Washington meant to be Europe’s savior in perpetuity?
What’s the the Big Idea?
Bacevich says America is not “over,” but today’s international order bears no more than a passing resemblance to that which existed in the heyday of American power. Everyone else on the planet understands this and it’s time Americans, starting with politicians, do, too, he says. “Should they refuse, a painful comeuppance awaits.”