Now that Joe Biden is slated to take office as the 46th president of the United States, advice on how he should address a wide range of daunting problems is flooding in. Nowhere is there more at stake than when it comes to how he handles this country’s highly militarized foreign policy in general and Pentagon spending in particular.
Following a disastrous four years of Trump’s “America First” policy, President-elect Biden’s pledge to restore American power and prestige in the world offers a sense of comfort and relief to many.
What began as a women’s rights protest in response to Poland’s latest abortion restrictions erupted into the largest public demonstrations against the Polish government since 1989 only a few weeks ago.
If the events of the past year have taught us anything, it’s that America faces a historic moment of reckoning in its relations with the rest of the world.
A progressive international agenda needs to begin with a frank assessment of the present strategic culture and connect domestic and global progressive priorities. Global threats such as climate change and nuclear weapons have not been prioritized, while national treasure is squandered in endless wars.
Despite what Secretary Pompeo and the Trump administration have claimed, the United States is not “the world’s leader” in responding effectively to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. does, however, lead the world in the greatest number of cases and deaths.