On February 18, Manning published his biweekly column in the Hill on the fallacy of linking the credibility of the United States on decisions made regarding Ukraine and Taiwan. Manning argues that equating the two situations oversimplifies the differing strategic value of the areas, and that the same calculus applied to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He points out that the US decisions to curtail involvement in these regions actually provided the United States with freedom to focus on the Indo-Pacific.

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