“A statesman cannot create anything by himself,” “Iron Chancellor,” remarked Otto von Bismarck. “He must wait and listen until he hears the footsteps of God resound through the events; then jumped up and grabbed the hem of his shirt. “A century and a half later, Prime Minister Olaf Scholz has clearly heard those steps. By canceling a key gas deal with Russia and reversing a longstanding policy of not sending lethal weapons into war zones, Scholz seized the opportunity and changed Germany’s role in the world. .
Of even greater importance to the global order, Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine could also be an important factor for President Biden. Like it or not, US withdrawal has been the big story in prime ministers and ministries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East for years. Even before Barack Obama’s disobedience to his Syria “red lines” and Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, the words on the streets were loud and clear: America is disloyal. with his friends and risk being seriously challenged by a new axis of China, Russia, and even second-tier rivals like Iran.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-opportunity-in-the-ukraine-crisis-russia-iraq-syria-kurds-train-afghanistan-withdrawal-11652625131 The Opportunity in the Ukraine Crisis