Amb. Bolton Presents an Alternative to Pres. Obama’s Foreign Policy

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."

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University of Dallas Chapter Makes News

On February 9, the Alexander Hamilton Society, University of Dallas Chapter hosted an event titled  “The Rise of China and its Impact on U.S. Hegemony," drawing 100 students and university press coverage:

“If Blumenthal was correct in arguing that we tend to overestimate China’s true abilities, we need to reevaluate our stances on many contemporary issues,” said Will Chavey, AHS Chapter Vice President. “We frequently start debates regarding China with the assumption that China is a global power; perhaps we need to begin at a bit more elementary of a level.”

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U.S. Military Intervention, Done Right, Could Boost African Stability

In the Los Angeles Times, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why it's time to reassess the long-standing American anathema to military involvement in Africa's terrible wars:

"Rather than view that as an excuse not to be involved, the United States should seize the opportunity to contribute to a greater international effort to help turn Africa gradually from a zone of conflict to a zone of hope. Doing so will be good for America's own security and economic interests, as well as humanitarian ones."

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How Well are the Guardians Guarding the Nuclear Arsenal?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver discusses the quality and reliability of the U.S. command-and-control system:

"The string of horrifying stories may just be coincidence, but they sure look like they point to a wetware problem. The senior nuclear commanders have assured the defense secretary that there is no systematic wetware problem. Proving that is the case will be the vital mission of Hagel's review panel."

 

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The High Price of Negotiating with Bad Guys

In The Washington Post, AHS speaker Michael Rubin warns us that agreements may come at a dear price:

"Just because two parties talk does not mean both are dealing honestly. If rogues engage insincerely, they can rearm and make resolutions more difficult."

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The U.S. Gets the Kurds Wrong—Again

In The Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses America's relationship with Syrian Kurds:

"In Iraq, we ignored them until we discovered that they were our best allies. Now those in Syria are being neglected."

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Whats in a Name?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver presents a valentine for the National Security Council Staff:

"'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'  -- or, more in Shadow Government's bailiwick, would a National Security Council (NSC) staff smell as good as a National Security Staff (NSS)? National Security Advisor Susan Rice thinks the NSC staff would be sweeter than the NSS, and I am inclined to agree with her."

 

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