Hard-Hitting Editorial From The Economist, Cover With Shirtless Putin Playing Cards With President Obama
This a powerful read–and very accurate in its conclusions.
America remains the only country able to project power … across the globe. … (its sway over the financial system is still growing.) … [Nevertheless,] reassertion of Russian power spells trouble. … [A] declining nuclear-armed former superpower can cause a lot of harm. … American foreign policy has not yet adjusted to this contested world … [T]hose … who still see democracy and markets as the route to peace and prosperity hope that America will be more willing to lead. …
“America’s military power is unmatched, but it is hindered by pork-barrel politics and automatic cuts mandated by Congress. These spring from the biggest brake on American leadership: dysfunctional politics in Washington. That is not just a poor advertisement for democracy; it also stymies America’s interest.”