The United States should not fight a war with China over Taiwan. And in the hope of preventing a conflict, it should not commit itself to Taiwan’s defense beforehand. While remaining outwardly ambiguous, it should presume against becoming a belligerent.
This is so for two reasons. The issue is too dangerously war-prone. And while Taiwan’s fate matters, it does not matter enough for U.S. security interests to justify such a great risk. A conflict with China in this matter would likely inflict the very damage that proponents of fighting fear.
Before saying more, my thanks to Elbridge Colby for our exchange over …
Something to Consider
If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content on the site including the digital magazine and archives, no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going.