"More than any nation on Earth, and arguably more than any in history, the United States has the assets needed to confront its problems head-on."
"If there is any one measure of our elected leaders’ indifference to upholding the moral compact needed to sustain a volunteer military, it is the decline in combat readiness."
"The Obama administration has the wrong mind-set on our future U.S. military posture in Afghanistan. Exit should not be the strategy or objective. Protection of the homeland is the right metric. Instead of trying to leave by a given date, we should be planning to stay."
On the Center for European Policy Analysis website, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why the war in Ukraine will not be settled by negotiations and is likely to see a further escalation of Russian military involvement:
"An unresolved territorial conflict will impede Ukraine’s westward march while at the same time it will be a violent reminder of Europe’s inability to deal with military threats, the Achilles’s heel of the post-modern political architecture built in Brussels."
"By performing intellectual somersaults to deny the theological basis and justification of Islamist terrorism today, and by ignoring the need to engage in a battle of interpretation within Islam, at best, the White House initiative will be ineffective. At worst, it will provide cover for extremism."
"Doing nothing or little to respond to Putin means accepting the likelihood of him succeeding. The biggest immediate danger is the West’s fear of risk. Exploiting that unease is Russia’s surest pathway to success."
"America can learn from history and try not to repeat the bloody history of rising powers. High diplomacy is an essential part of U.S. China policy. Washington should do what it can to avoid conflict even as it upholds its interests in Asia. But a security competition intensifying between Beijing and Washington and no new formula for relations will erase that fact."