What’s the Post-American World Order? Simply put it’s the world realizing that the United States is mostly irrelevant. It’s not necessarily anti-American. Much of the PAWO consists of American allies trying to fill the gap by creating their own ad-hoc arrangements whether it’s the Abraham Accords between Israel and some of Iran’s Sunni opponents, or Asian countries, India and Australia trying to block China.
Australia and South Korea entered a $680 million dollar defense agreement on Monday, the largest ever between the two countries.
Per the agreement, Hanwha, a South Korean defense company, will provide the Australian army with supplies including artillery weapons, supply vehicles and radars, according to The Associated Press.
“The contract that we have signed today, I think, speaks volumes about what we believe are the capabilities of the Korean defense industry,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, per the wire service.
What do South Korea and Australia really have in common? It starts with an ‘X’.
PAWO countries don’t expect to be able to fill the hole where America used to be. They recognize that their arrangements will be insufficient to block aspiring world powers like China, resentment former world powers like Russia, or even Jihadist nuke states like Iran and Pakistan. But they’re using every asset they can to try and create some sort of balance.
I trace the PAWO to the Obama administration and it’s in full swing these days under Biden. The Biden administration somehow manages to be even weaker and more feckless than the Obama administration. Its combination of posturing and appeasement is almost unbelievable.
But since the era of Nobel Peace Prize winner Barry, the world has gotten used to it.
America is still an economic and military superpower, but no one really expects us to do anything, whether about China, Russia, or Iran, except provide some limited and erratic support behind the scenes. We’re seen as politically dysfunctional, unreliable allies with unstable governments who like to talk tough before backing down. This kind of thing rattled the world a decade ago, but the world has adapted.