Russia and China hold the mirror up to the United States, and it’s not pretty

I agree with Stephen Kinzer (“China Gives Us a Taste of Our Own Medicine,” Ideas, January 9). No nation on earth has ever had as many bases outside of its country as the United States. Yet despite the fact that our country is over $28 trillion in debt, is suffering from a horrific pandemic and is battling the ramifications of climate change and its catastrophic weather events, and our citizens are deeply divided, we continue to project our power globally as the world’s self-proclaimed police officer, and at great expense.

We provoke China and Russia, among other nations, by planting missiles near their borders (for example, in Ukraine), which only strengthens the resolve of our enemies and points us towards World War III. With astonishing and blatant “moral hypocrisy” (an expression cited by Kinzer), we tell our enemies to do as we say, but not as we do when we bristle at their victories (e.g., in Syria and Syria). forging links on the construction of natural gas power plants). pipelines) and the establishment of enemy bases on foreign soil. Then we wonder why so many nations in the world hate us.

It’s time for the State Department to face reality. America will not stay at the top forever. We must develop less aggressive strategies to challenge our imaginary and real enemies and work with our allies for diplomacy first and military options (if necessary) second. We must focus on the real and growing problems at home and reduce our imperialism and hegemony abroad, because at the rate we are going our empire will crumble from within. We are in the wrong tree.

Michael Pravica

Henderson, Nevada.