"We have also fallen short when it comes to deploying multiple elements of power in support of clear strategies and goals."
"But measured against core standards, the mission is far from a failure. Two imperative goals have been preventing future extremist attacks against the West from Afghan soil and giving Afghans a solid stake in their future so they will not turn again to the Taliban or be vulnerable to a takeover."
"The modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all suggests otherwise. According to this conceit, there is no reason to plumb the nature of an enemy’s thinking because it is no different in essence from one’s own. But this is wrong."
"It was perversely fascinating to watch the man who condescendingly explained to the Republican congressional leadership in 2009 that “elections have consequences” sail with such imperious disdain through a speech wholly unconnected to the political realities of the legislative body to which he delivered this speech."
"Listening to President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address, I was more struck by what was missing rather than by what was included."
"This speech made history. No State of the Union address in the modern era makes the case more that America stands as strong and resilient as ever."
"If you want an accurate description of the state of our nation’s security, there is an information source that is remarkably free of political or ideological bias: the National Defense Panel (NDP)."