"The danger in Afghanistan and Pakistan tomorrow is the same as the danger in Iraq today. Without a unilateral counterterrorism capability in Afghanistan, al Qaeda may regenerate in South Asia as quickly as it has regenerated in Iraq."
"At present, an Iraqi national guard does not even exist, yet it will be a linchpin of the new strategy. To succeed, U.S. advisers will probably have to help these new national guard units, as well as reconstituted regular army units, far beyond calling in airstrikes."
"Obama has left us with the strong impression that he is dedicated to defeating IS, but the method that he has adopted – air strikes – will not do the job."
On the Center for a New American Security website, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses Senator Marco Rubio's recent speech to the John Hay Initiative on redoubling our national focus on defense innovation and modernization:
"Rubio’s focus on redoubling our national focus on defense innovation and modernization is encouraging. That the nationally prominent Senator from Florida did pay so much heed to addressing this problem makes this speech worth special attention."
"It is no accident that world disorder is on the rise at the same time that American power and influence are on the wane. The inconstancy (sometimes verging on incoherence) of U.S. policies -- and the widely held perception that America is walking away from its responsibilities -- have contributed to instability in the Middle East."
"Until human rights groups stop interpreting human rights through a subjective political lens, and until they cease allowing themselves to be used knowingly or through their own naivety by hardcore Islamist groups, they will both advance an agenda anathema to freedom, liberty, and individual and they will also make a mockery of their declared and important mission to promote human rights."
"The fuzzy notion of continuing World War II’s winning coalition (itself called “the United Nations”) to prevent future wars disappeared long ago. The UN now has an extensive real-world record to evaluate, rather than merely its founders’ aspirations. Some drastic changes are clearly in order."