Conquest and victory over any sort of toxicity, ignorance, and myopia – which in turn translates into success in both one’s personal and professional life – stem from two basic things, namely, good intentions and thoughtfulness. As Ali Ibn Abi Talib said: “Good intentions are the most beautiful of secrets.” And in terms of thoughtfulness, Confucius said: “If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be thoughtfulness.” Thus, one could infer that the toxicity, ignorance, and myopia in today’s public sphere stem from the absence of these two aforementioned virtues, namely, good intentions and thoughtfulness.
As I mentioned before, the limits of a policy and strategy which lack good intentions and thoughtfulness have reached their limits. Thus, the transition out of a failed policy and strategy characterized by the imposition of chaos and war, cruel and inhumane economic sanctions, and the cancellation, censorship, and suppression of information and viewpoints which possess cultural, philosophical, and religious substance should not be carried out in a haphazard fashion. The initial manifestation of a haphazard transition out of a failed policy and strategy took place in Afghanistan this past August, which fortunately ended with minimal bloodshed.
Ultimately, the transition out of a failed policy and strategy in a haphazard fashion serves no one’s ends and goals. As a result, one has to make clear the intentions behind a new policy and strategy, and there needs to be a significant degree of thoughtfulness which goes into the crafting of a new global policy and strategy.
In essence, there are no good options for a novel American global policy and strategy as things stand. The only option left for the United States is the haphazard one, which is to “pull the rug” from underneath the international system because of logistical reasons, as was done to Afghanistan in August, in addition to the imposition of economic sanctions which can be circumvented through collaboration in the long run. As someone once said: “Logistics is for the professionals, strategy is for the amateurs.”
But once the United States pulls the rug from underneath the international system due to logistical reasons – and it is not a matter of “if” but rather it is a matter of “when” – there are some who will benefit from such a situation, while some will lose out. As Peter Zeihan wrote: “In a world without stability, the questions become: Who was most dependent upon the world that was and so will fall? And who was most restrained by the old Order and so will soar?”
Thus, before the United States pulls the rug from underneath the international system, one has to craft a global policy and strategy whereby everyone’s interests are accommodated so that peace and stability can endure beyond the transition out of the status quo of the international system and into a new epoch. In turn, there are two ways by which one can go about handling the ongoing situation. For one, there is a haphazard way which lacks good intentions and thoughtfulness. And on the other hand, there is a careful way which includes good intentions and thoughtfulness. In the end, the criterion for success is to know the difference between what is right and wrong, which is a criterion that certain people unfortunately do not possess.