Would the United States Undertake a Direct Military Intervention Against a Nuclear Armed Adversary?
Fri, 09/02/2022 – 09:37
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine provides important insights into whether the United States (and more broadly NATO) is politically capable of direct military intervention against a serious threat from a strong state. It is important to properly frame the threat because the character of a nation and its leaders are revealed when the stakes are high.
In their expansive joint manifesto, Messrs. Putin and Xi outlined the world they intend to create: one where their countries would take their rightful places in it. NATO would be diminished. Military capabilities, including nuclear weapons, would no longer be deployed in ways that “threaten Russia and China. Countries formerly part of, or allied with, the Soviet Union would not align with the West. Those already aligned will be re-absorbed by Russia by force, if necessary. Issues such as democracy and human rights would be redefined by Russia and China as their spheres of influence are expanded and the world is compelled to accept their imperial claims. In other words, the Putin-Xi Manifesto is a serious threat to the type of world we want to live …read more
Source:: Hoover Institution