This is awfully good at dissecting the confusion in the Trump Administration and Republican establishment in defining just who is “the enemy”, but becomes naively flawed in trying to assert threats against American are an illusion of our own making, spawned out of a need to have an enemy. Following the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, we are now in a multipolar world power structure of complex and shifting alignments. Still within that often confusing picture, several major threats can be readily discerned.
A resurgent Russia is worrisome and thought needs to be given on where to draw the line. Still the recent war fever of the Democratic Party Left appears excessive and should be rejected as ultimately leading us to blunder into WWIII.
North Korea is the most concerning enemy in the short run. Its bellicose rhetoric gives no reason to believe it will not use its developing nuclear arms capability to soon threaten US allies, South Korea and Japan, and Hawaii and Alaska in the near future. Do we need to push regime change now?
The threats from the variety of aggressive Islamist movements need to be countered. From the Shia extremists of the Iranian regime which never tires of holding “Death to America” rallies to the Sunni extremists of Al Qaeda affiliates and ISIS, it is clear we face real enemies in an existential struggle. To achieve victory, a comprehensive response including cultural, ideological, economic, as well as military aspects is required. This includes initiatives to cultivate and support non-aggressive varieties of Islam to combat the extremist elements.
There are other real threats l, ones we don’t have to invent.
The larger point is that just because Trump’s team has not yet clearly defined our enemies, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. They surely do.