America’s Two-Front Cold War

Source: The American Conservative
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Adopting a confrontational policy toward two major powers simultaneously reflects serious foreign policy malpractice and creates a potentially perilous situation. Henry Kissinger once remarked that Washington should always seek to be on better terms with both Moscow and Beijing than they are with each other. Recent administrations have violated that sage advice, and the United States now is in the position of trying to wage a two-front cold war. Moreover, largely thanks to the clumsiness of U.S. foreign policy, both of those cold war theaters have serious potential to turn hot. Joe Biden’s administration still has time to reverse those ominous trends, but doing so will require drastic changes to Washington’s strategy.” (09/13/21)