"Violent extremism comes in many forms. This need for encouraging and assisting local community engagement applies to various types of movements. Overall more effort, resources, and research need to go into finding ways for local communities to be the deadened, not the starting point, on the (hopefully only would-be) road to violent extremism."
"If ISIS were stopped in Iraq, defeated and driven back across the border into Syria, a version of containment might—at that point—make sense. Having been reduced to a lesser threat, ISIS then could be confined to a small geographical war zone where they would spend most of their time fighting for survival."
"The United States must reengage as a world leader and embrace the principles of strength and deterrence, and the values of stability and liberty. We must face the world as it is and not as we would wish it would be. We must be careful not to rise in anger but be absolutely resolute in seeing a chosen fight to a successful end."
"It’s fair to say the world seems to be going up in flames, with a major great-power crisis over Ukraine in 2014, as well as a major meltdown in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the Afghanistan conflict remains America’s main actual war, even if it is largely forgotten at present."
"The reason we need a new defense budget is that our all-volunteer force is rapidly becoming unaffordable, and the president’s strategy is not executable with the constraints placed by both Congress and the president on Defense Department officials’ ability to spend Pentagon money as they wish."
"Obama undoubtedly assumed that Iran, the obvious candidate, would see Iraqi stability as in its own self-interest. It was a severe miscalculation."