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How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?
This could be the kind of battleground Donald Trump relishes.
Is the U.S. up for a second Cold War—this time with China? What makes the question newly relevant is that Xi Jinping's China suddenly appears eager for a showdown with the United States for long-term supremacy in the Asia-Pacific and the world.
If there is a sudden resurgence of the coronavirus, a second wave, and the media elite and blue state governors demand a new shutdown, a new closure, will the people of this republic comply with those demands or defy them?
While Fauci is a specialist in epidemics, Trump's portfolio goes far beyond that. He is chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, responsible for the security and defense of the nation.
Can we coexist with this rising and expansionist power? Or must we conduct a new decades-long Cold War like the one we waged to defeat the Soviet Empire and Soviet Union?
By summer's end, Trump sees himself as having led us through the medical crisis that is then receding, and up and out of a Second Depression. That will be his best argument for reelection.
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