"While Obama’s constitutional arguments are remarkably pliable — he was a fierce defender of senatorial prerogatives while a Senator and, when looking for political cover for inaction, has been willing to insist on a formal congressional role — his views generally fall within the precedents set by his predecessors."
"For more effective coordination between civilians and soldiers, the next occupant of the Oval Office will need to instill a better leadership style, review the command at the Pentagon, and renew the ethical foundation of government service."
"Altogether, and in spite of rhetorical assertions to the contrary, the reality of American strategic retrenchment under President Obama - together with his persistent search for diplomatic accommodation with Iran, China, and Russia - have disconcerted numerous US allies in East Asia, the Middle East, and Central-Eastern Europe."
"A more sustainable agreement would require more from Iran–both on regional issues and dismantling its nuclear infrastructure–while offering it greater sanctions relief upfront. If negotiators believe such a deal is impossible, they should indicate how they will plug the holes in this one."
"Internationally, this has proven to be a recipe for disaster, Dueck argued. Instead of encouraging them to step up, America’s retrenchment has only frightened U.S. allies, and often led to a breakdown of order in places like Iraq. At the same time, it has emboldened America’s adversaries who, despite Obama’s best efforts at engagement, continue to work against U.S. interests."
"The scale of Iran's current hostage-taking -- not only Rezaian but also Iranian-Americans Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati -- may pale in comparison with Iranian behavior of decades past. But the use of hostages to extract concessions or dampen the enthusiasm surrounding reconciliation is part of a consistent pattern."
"The Navy’s test carrier drone, the X-47B UCAS-D (Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator), recently participated in the first-ever fully autonomous aerial refueling at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Though the implications of this engineering feat are wide-ranging and not wholly known at this point, successful demonstration of unmanned aerial refueling does shed light on several ongoing arguments about the future of U.S. military aviation."