Walter Russell Mead in The Wall Street Journal says the way to beat China is indirectly — by promoting the ambitions of other Asian nations.
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer gets fired. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Spencer is out for attempting a dishonest back-channel deal with President Trump that bucked the chain of command.
President Trump publicly dumps ‘secret’ Camp David talks with the Taliban and the Afghan government aimed at a peace deal. He said the deal is dead. Are U.S. troops stuck forever in Afghanistan? Is that the price we pay to avoid another 9/11-style terror attack? Have we achieved our objectives? Where does the Commander in Chief go from here when he has declared he wants to pull out of the long-running U.S. “police” action.
Despite President Trump’s punitive tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S., American businesses seem bullish on China, with profits up, and few interested in moving manufacturing out of the People’s Republic. But Bill Whittle sees trouble down the road for China’s long-running economic surge.