ON-Lion Letter
"As the initial shock of Great Britain's vote to withdraw from the EU recedes, another withdrawal has been taking place," begins a July Wall Street Journal op-ed by Kenneth R. Weinstein.  "This withdrawal, albeit more gradual and undertaken with greater stealth, has far deeper consequences.  It is the exit of the United States from global leadership and the alliance structure that it built and nurtured over nearly seven decades."

Weinstein is president and chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute, which is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

"This 'Amexit' is not simply defined by the Obama administration's retreat from Afghanistan and Iraq, or its unwillingness to enforce the 'red line' in Syria, to arm Ukraine, or to confront Chinese and North Korean aggressions," he continues in "Brexit Has Nothing on Obama's Global Amexit."  "Nor is it only America's diminished engagement with longstanding allies.

"The administration is also expending considerable resources to ease tensions and 'normalize' relations with longtime adversaries such as Iran and Cuba.  Ahead of the NATO summit opening in Warsaw," he writes, the White House was "floating a plan in which the U.S. would partner with Russia in Syria.  This comes as NATO is preparing to approve the deployment of four multinational battalions to Poland and the Baltic states as a signal of unity and strength to an increasingly aggressive Moscow.

"Many of America's closest allies are so unnerved by Washington's realignments that they are now pursuing bilateral and multilateral arrangements on their own," according to Weinstein.  "In the Middle East, Israel is enhancing its ties with Asian countries like India, Japan and South Korea and extending its outreach to Africa and Latin America.

"[T]here needs to be a national debate about whether America still has a special and indispensable role in the world," he concludes.  "Those who believe that it does must make this case with less emphasis on military hardware and more on our standing as the world's most successful democracy.  Those who don't believe in American indispensability need to recognize that a 'post-Amexit' U.S. may be forgoing its ability to lead at all."
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