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President Donald Trump during an event in the Oval Office of the White House President Donald Trump during an event in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, May 6, 2020 (AP Photo by Evan Vucci).

America’s Global Role Was Already Shifting. COVID-19 Will Accelerate It

Friday, May 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Steven Metz is filling in for Candace Rondeaux this week.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, the United States could have decided that its great fight against totalitarianism was finally over. America could have downsized its involvement in all but the most vital parts of the world, lessened its dependence on imported energy supplies, demilitarized its global strategy and abandoned the quest for primacy. But it did not. By then, Americans had become addicted to primacy, convinced that a militarized form of global leadership was both vital and sustainable. ...

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