"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)."
"When it comes to ego, the air of mental instability, and apologies for and hypocrisies of terrorism, however, Erdoğan increasingly is Qadhafi 2.0."
"Anxiety about the relative military balance between the United States and China is building among the defense officials charged with monitoring it. As a result, the United States is beginning to mount an effort to respond to China’s growing capabilities."
"Good foreign-policy outcomes are more likely when the president oversees a coherent national-security strategy, where ends are aligned with means, words are aligned with actions, and regional responses are aligned with one another according to a worthwhile overall purpose."
"Even if one believes that efforts to isolate Cuba diplomatically and economically were unsuccessful, it does not follow that reversing those policies will be successful, any more than total withdrawal from Iraq was the sensible policy in 2011, whatever one’s opinion of the decision to go to war in 2003."
"In Turkey, corruption occurs with impunity. That may be tragic for Turkey itself, the Turkish middle class, and foreign investors unwilling to pony up cash; but embezzlement, bribes, and kickbacks don’t necessarily take lives."