Chris, Melanie, and Zack debate whether the United States should pursue primacy. They discuss the Donald Trump administration’s “Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific,” and compare some of its recommendations with Stephen Wertheim’s recent article on “Delusions of Dominance.” They agree that the United States needs to have a national debate to match American resources and objectives, but disagree on how to adjust both elements. Chris both complements and questions the Joe Biden administration for actions during its first weeks in office. Melanie raises a multitude of concerns about Andrew Cuomo. And Zack supports Republicans facing political costs for votes of conscience.
- Stephen Wertheim, “Delusions of Dominance,” Foreign Affairs, January 25, 2021
- “House Republican Reckoning,” The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2021
- Ilan Ben-Meir, “That Time Trump Spent Nearly $100,000 On an Ad Criticizing U.S. Foreign Policy in 1987,” BuzzFeed News, July 10, 2015
- Daniel J. Ikenson, “Inauguration Day Feels Like Groundhog Day for Buy American,” Cato Institute, January 20, 2021
- Jonah Shepp, “America Is Complicit in Yemen Atrocities. Biden Says That Ends Now,” New York Magazine, January 22, 2021
- John Glaser, Christopher A. Preble, A. Trevor Thrall, Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America’s Broken Foreign Policy Even Worse (and How We Can Recover), (Cato Institute, 2019)
- David Goodman, Joseph Goldstein, and Jesse McKinley, “Nine Top NY Health Officials Have Quit as Cuomo Scorns Expertise,” New York Times, February 1, 2021