"Buying into the House approach is a lousy way of doing business, because it leaves us with an overly complex Tax Code, unsustainable entitlements and inadequate domestic investments. In a time of international turbulence and crisis, let’s not compound the problem by dragging the nation’s armed forces down too."
"Obama has repeatedly insisted that an Iranian nuclear weapon is “unacceptable,” and that containment is not enough. Yet he has also ruled out attacking its facilities. The White House is pinched between arguing both for sanctions, and against military action — that basically there is no alternative to whatever deal they strike."
"All of these problems need to be fixed. But realistically, they are not likely to be addressed between now and our nation’s next election. So in a time of international turbulence and crisis, let’s not compound the problem by dragging the nation’s armed forces down too."
"The rise of ISIS, together with its demonstrated brutality, have triggered a sea-change in American popular attitudes, at least on this particular issue. A two-to-one majority of U.S. public opinion today supports not only the use of force, but the use of American ground troops against the Islamic State. The majorities supporting U.S. airstrikes are even more overwhelming."
"The federal government’s finances are still a mess, to be sure. The economy’s recovery has been anemic. But there are more present dangers, and our ability to defend ourselves from them is eroding. As the world burns, the House and Senate leadership have responded by tugging their green eyeshade ever tighter and affirming the rules of sound accountancy rather than the principles of American leadership."
"The easy days are over. Resources are shrinking. The situation is Xinjiang is getting worse. For the first time since the Cold War, the PLA faces a real set of tough strategic and investment trade-offs and challenges to its weapons program development."
On the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy website, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses the shrinking gap between U.S. and Chinese military capabilities requires careful attention to mitigate the potential risks of security instability.