"It would be extremely foolish to risk allowing Afghanistan to return to its chaotic pre-9/11 state over a mere matter of 5,000 troops. If Mr. Obama wants a foreign-policy victory in his second term, he will need to puncture this misbegotten trial balloon."
In City Journal AHS speaker Eugene Kontorovich explains the strange history of America’s federal buildings:
"More than 60 years ago, George Orwell observed that the word 'fascism' had been so widely used as a political epithet that it had lost all meaning. With the word so freely and easily tossed about, it’s a wonder that no one has thought to apply it, if only for provocation’s sake, to structures that bear actual fascist symbols—those of the United States government, no less."
"[The students] opted for a spoof, The Bachelorette: Grand Strategy Edition, in which "Lady Liberty" goes on dates with three suitors -- "Max" (Maximum Restraint), "Asia" (Pivot to Asia), and "Pax" (Pax Americana) -- in the hopes of finding the perfect mate."
"Great power competition and the machinations of revisionist states have returned to international politics with a surprising ferocity. Now, even as Western elites have consigned geopolitical competition to the dustbin of history, big-power rivalry is back."
"Popular films are more likely to capture the public imagination and thereby reflect and possibly influence public opinion and policymakers. Popular films depict a certain understanding of America's global role, usually in a time-bound way -- so a movie from early in the Vietnam war would be quite different from a movie about Vietnam made much later."
"The al Qaeda of yesterday is gone. What is left is a collection of many different splinter organizations, some of which have their own -- and profoundly local -- agendas."
"This growing gap between what the nation demands of the military and what its capacity, capability and readiness will allow, thanks to reduced budgets, will eventually lead to unacceptable outcomes and consequences, many of which will be borne uniquely by those in uniform and their families."