"His State of the Union address presented plenty of new ideas to invest in nondefense domestic programs, but the Pentagon’s budget got zero mention—even as the specter of sequestration looms again for fiscal 2016."
"Sri Lanka’s dramatic and peaceful nod to democracy should not be overlooked. Sri Lankans now have a choice with whom to engage, and China needn’t be their only friend. The U.S. should move quickly to take advantage of the opening presented by the newly elected government."
"Matters of war and warfare should never be taken lightly. Providing for the common defense is the most sacred and serious duty our government has. How our leaders in and out of uniform perform their duties deserves unrelenting, serious scrutiny."
"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."