JD Vance’s defense message to Europe is imperfect but cannot be ignored

February 20, 2024

Nevertheless, as Elbridge Colby has outlined repeatedly and as the mathematical facts prove, Vance is undeniably correct when he says that the U.S. cannot provide maximal support to Ukraine, to Israel, and simultaneously hold readiness for contingencies in the Pacific. U.S. readiness for a war with China is already highly problematic. Fixing that problem in today’s world thus means the U.S. cannot do everything it wants everywhere without accepting the unacceptable risk of defeat in the coming China war.

Washington Examiner

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.