The global legacy of the Jan. 6 insurrection: Foreign friends and adversaries believe US power is in decline
Police try to hold back protesters who gather to storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.. - Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

The global impact of the Jan. 6 insurrection is still growing one year after the attack. Most Americans don’t realize the shock felt by our foreign friends, and the glee of our adversaries, at watching mobs of MAGA vandals storm the Capitol of the world’s greatest democracy. Even when European and Asian allies disagreed with American policies, they still looked to the United States as the leader of the community of democratic nations. Especially given the growing strength of China and the muscle-flexing of Russia. The coup attempt on Jan. 6, along with its continuing reverberations, has shaken...