Chinese and Russian aggression has lent new urgency to the development of a more realistic approach to US foreign and defense policy.
Putin's invasion of Ukraine served as a wake-up call in the US. The issue was no longer just the threat from China, but from Russia too - a nation with which Presidents Trump and Biden alike tried to form a working relationship. Even a few years ago, no one could have imagined a bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that the US and the free world simultaneously faced a threat from these regimes. They are, by the way, no longer hiding their condominium. Earlier this year, Putin and Xi declared a "no-limits" partnership. The nature of these regimes is crystal clear.