“While policymakers have many justifiable frustrations with the intelligence community . . . . policymakers are also prone to placing contradictory, sometimes impossible demands on the IC.”
In The New York Times, AHS speaker William Inboden discusses Russia's tenuous claim on being a credible G-8 member:
"In the 13 years of Vladimir Putin's rule, Russia has ceased to be an 'industrialized democracy' in any legitimate sense of the term and instead has become a kleptocratic autocracy."
"Obama isn’t good off the cuff, especially when challenged; he is far better with a prepared speech. And what emerged is an awful portrait of the president and his conception of the world."
"Whether Russia’s assessment of the West is correct or precise is irrelevant. Perception is reality and Russia’s perspective drives its march westward. Regardless of the specific Western response ranging from sanctions to repositioning of military assets, it is in everybody’s interest to alter Russia’s assessment of our weakness, decadence, and division."
"There will be no peace for Ukraine until and unless Putin sees the cost for his behavior as being greater than the rewards, and there will be no permanent stability in Eastern Europe absent NATO expansion."
"Few foreign policy failures have been so acute lately as the failure to think ahead and plan for contingencies. Many of the crises we are grappling with were foreseeable."
"At almost every turn, the Obama administration has been wrong-footed by events in Ukraine. To catch up, the president and his advisors will have to think more strategically and candidly. And to do that, they will have to start asking and answering questions like these."