This maldistribution of consequences has shaped American policy and let American leaders escape accountability for the human and financial costs of the past 30 years in which warfare has been proliferating and unending.
Like most establishment types, Biden has consistently defined neoliberal internationalism as inclusive, collective leadership. On the other end of the spectrum are writers like Stephen Wertheim, an exemplar of a counter-view that defines U.S. foreign policy as forever war.
As Trita Parsi recently put it in Foreign Policy, “It’s not so much anything Washington has done but rather what Washington has stopped doing—namely, reassuring its security partners in the region that it will continue to support them unconditionally.
DiMaggio said the “flurry of diplomacy” signals “that the U.S. return to the deal is now possible and they need to prepare for it. This is a positive development and we’re already seeing some reduction in regional tensions.”
More generally, Wertheim, who is also director of grand strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, is keen to not only see U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, but for the US to re-examine all of its anti-terror operations.
Stephen Wertheim, author of Tomorrow, the World and director of grand strategy at the Quincy Institute, intimated that he is cautiously optimistic about the direction U.S. foreign policy is going under Biden.