"There is only one problem, though. The Iraqi National Guard does not yet exist. Even if many able officers and soldiers are available to join it, it will take some time to determine the characteristics of the force and then create it, meaning that operations to retake the Sunni Arab heartland from ISIS would probably have to wait until 2015."
"Like Lucy in the Peanuts cartoon who always pulls the football away just as Charlie Brown attempts to kick it, so Chinese officials have once again pulled the prospect of true democratic reform out from under the citizens of Hong Kong."
In First Things, AHS speaker Tom Farr presents a testimony that was given before Sub-Committees of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, asserting that what we are facing in Iraq and Syria today has deeply troubling similarities to 9/11:
"The threat to Christians and other minorities in this region was not ultimately caused by U.S. military action or the struggle for democracy. The root cause is Islamist terrorism of the kind that hit us on 9/11."
"North Korea’s nefarious activities are organized along multiple lines of assistance: missile technology, tunnel expertise and nuclear proliferation."
"The truth is that Obama is no realist. The president might approve of restraint in international affairs; he might be skeptical of grand projects, ambivalent about the promotion of democracy and human rights, and even inclined toward retrenchment. But that doesn’t make him a realist."
"At root, the conflict is not about borders, blockades or “occupation.” It is existential."
"There is a real price to be paid for the time this president has taken deliberating- it's paid in greater risk of attacks on us, narrower options, more fragile allies and deep resentment."