WPR: The U.S. Still Needs Europe to Compete with China
One argument, as captured well by former Trump administration Pentagon official Elbridge Colby, is that since China is the principal threat to the U.S. and seems poised to take increasingly more aggressive actions toward Taiwan, Washington must prioritize deterring and potentially countering Beijing in Asia. While Europe may have problems, most notably the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, they are problems that Europe, not the U.S., must take the lead in solving. Washington can still assist in those efforts, but only as a secondary player.
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