"The truth is, China is in no position to lead Asia. China’s economy is stagnating as its debt grows, its labor force shrinks and its natural resource base is pillaged. The bank is just another way for China to recycle the dollar reserves it holds to sustain a distorted financial system."
"The next leader of the free world must be able to powerfully project and defend America’s interests internationally. That must include standing up to a resurgent Russia. 'Leading from behind,' the mantra of the Obama administration, is simply not good enough when it comes to challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime."
In the Daily Northwestern, our Northwestern University chapter's recent event made news after a discussion on the legality of Israeli settlements under international law:
“That’s really exciting when you get people who don’t agree with each other and care about an issue to talk about the issue,” a senior student said. “I don’t think we get enough actual debate on campuses anymore.”
"The administration should avoid falling into the trap of offering concessions in response to Ayatollah Khamenei and instead focus on using the coming months to strengthen the nuclear framework while also seeking to underscore our alternatives to a deal. The latter can be accomplished by warning of further sanctions and taking tougher actions to counter Iran’s regional activities."
"We had al-Qaida down on the 10-count, and we let it off the mat," Mansoor said.
After his deployment as XO to Petraeus, Mansoor retired in 2008 and went on to publish two memoirs detailing his experiences during the surge. He's now an associate professor at Ohio State University, where he teaches military history. Speaking at a discussion Wednesday at American University in Washington, D.C., Mansoor assessed the Obama administration's approach to Iraq and criticized several key areas.
Citing a general "unraveling of the security situation around the world," Mansoor stressed the need to "know who your enemy is."
"Perhaps more important, the Iran deal sets a dangerous precedent. The United States is making this exception to its nonproliferation policy not for just any country, but for Iran, a longstanding U.S. enemy, a leading state-sponsor of terrorism, a country that has violated its nonproliferation commitments in the past, and a country that at present stonewalls the International Atomic Energy Agency’s questions about the military dimensions of its nuclear program."
"The hybrid warfare concept gives many in the West the luxury of picking and choosing from a range of actions – a media campaign here, a cyber-intrusion there (and even the occasional political assassination) – and interpreting them as one-off isolated events. There is no need to connect the dots."