"Most Americans, chastened and fatigued by the Iraq and Afghanistan experiences, might happily go along with this new way of thinking. But let's be careful not to push this logic too far."
"Those who argue that the United States spends too much on defense ignore the fact that the cost of preventing war is far less than the cost of fighting one. Unfortunately, the weakness inherent in Obama’s 'grand strategy,' such as it is, is tailor-made to invite aggression and therefore is likely to result in war."
“There is a pressing question of how to address U.S. allies’ disquiet about the reliability and credibility of our extended deterrent. But it is wrong to argue that we should terminate our alliances with Japan or South Korea if they pursue nuclear weapons. Geopolitics should trump nonproliferation.”
In Mosaic, AHS speaker Michael Doran writes on Obama's promise to prevent a nuclear Iran:
"The president doesn’t trust those who have traditionally managed the conflict with Iran, doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the struggle to be his. He wants out."
Last Thursday, the Alexander Hamilton Society St. Lawrence University Chapter hosted a debate on the Sochi Olympics that was featured on three different news sites.
The February 20th debate, which drew nearly 80 students, was featured on the websites of both St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, as well as in the local newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times.
The Sochi Olympics debate featured AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins, SAIS) and two local speakers, St. Lawrence University professor Howard Eissenstat and Clarkson University professor Gasper Sekelj.
In AEI's The American, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why diplomacy misapplied can be the shortest path to war:
"Diplomats may see negotiation as a means to resolve conflict, but rogues do not share that view. After decades of watching how Washington operates, ayatollahs, commissars, and fedayeen all understand that once diplomats begin engaging, they seldom stop. When diplomats become invested in high-profile engagement, they refuse to admit failure. Too often, a rogue’s pledge to act substitutes for results."
In The Baines Report, AHS member Rachel Hoff (far left) reports on our University of Texas, Austin Chapter's recent event with Ambassador John Bolton, who claims that "the current administration is the most provocative we have ever seen":
"Challenging the very notion that Obama cares much at all about national security policy, Bolton said that the President wakes up each morning thinking instead about 'fundamentally transforming the United States of America' (in Obama’s own words). Generally inattentive to and unmotivated by foreign policy, when Obama is forced to act in response to an international crisis, he does so on a political basis and to gain political advantage."