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Opinion The skeptics are wrong: The U.S. can confront both China and Russia

Julian Zelizer: Congress came together this week to assert U.S. leadership and push back against Russia. He says the United States proved it could handle China and Russia at the same time without starting any new wars or losing any ongoing battles. Zelizer says it's a false choice because it's all one confrontation, and leaders in both parties understand it's important to push back in both Europe and Asia. He said the idea that increasing deterrence against Russia will lead to war is a straw man, but NATO is a defensive alliance, designed to prevent a larger war. He added that a softer stance on Russia is neither good policy nor good politics. Six in 10 Americans support providing weapons and aid to Ukraine, and 7 in 10 Republicans support NATO, Zelizer said.

The idea that the U.S. can choose between confronting Russian aggression or Chinese aggression is attractive, until it meets reality. Moscow and Beijing view their struggles against the West as intertwined, so we must acknowledge that connection. The good news is that the United States has many