Contra The Atlantic, I don’t mind the Chinese threat ads.
That said, with my American hat on, I’m reminded of Britain looking at Germany, 1890-1910…
With my Canadian hat on, I say we should prepare ourselves for the contingency of having a neighbour that is no longer able to defend us and our interests. That means, yes, more spending on military assets and training personnel, and — this may surprise somewhat — participating in fewer missions overseas.
We need to prepare ourselves to be Switzerland.
It’s an unstable world, and we may not have anyone to look after us but ourselves, soon enough. We need to be ready for that contingency.