America has long stood as the world’s bulwark of freedom, facing down the Soviet Union in the Cold War and presiding since World War II over the shaping of a world order conducive to the spread of wealth and freedom. Increasingly, this is threatened by the rise of communist-ruled China and its despotic cohorts such as Russia, Iran and North korea. This is the basic showdown of our time, requiring a strong defense and dedication to America’s role as leader of the Free World — a role in which we take pride.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, marking the end of the long Cold War, the U.S. swooped in not as conqueror but as a partner, aiming to help Russia replace the debris of its destitute and brutal communist system with a market economy and democratic institutions. The hope was…Read Feature