"The administration has repeatedly signaled that it is willing to accept virtually any deal, including deals that it might have denounced even a few years ago. This is the painful truth that administration insiders will concede in private but rarely state so candidly in public: the best deal President Obama thinks he can get today bears a striking resemblance to how experts would have described a “bad deal” a few years ago."
"Putin does not want a stable Ukraine because he fears—nay, he hates—the Western international order. In his warped, paranoid mind, he deems that order, in its EU and NATO incarnations, to have been the culprit of Russia’s decline over the past two decades, and to be a direct affront to his own rule."
"The most interesting chapters in this collection reflect on how geography affects the war-fighting options of Asian states. The region includes the mountain ranges of South Asia, the deserts of Central Asia, and the rivers of Southeast Asia. But several contributors agree that the crucial strategic domain today is the series of seas stretching along the Chinese coast that are hemmed in by the so-called first island chain."
"If the president makes a deal with Iran without first subjecting its terms to a rigorous debate in Congress, he will be concluding an agreement that is entirely personal in nature. The legitimacy of such a deal would be hotly contested, rendering it inherently unstable, if not dangerous. By helping to force a more thorough examination of the matter, Netanyahu is therefore performing a service to us all."
"For all the focus on maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, there is an even greater peril in Asia that deserves attention: the rising salience of nuclear weapons."
"More than any nation on Earth, and arguably more than any in history, the United States has the assets needed to confront its problems head-on."
"If there is any one measure of our elected leaders’ indifference to upholding the moral compact needed to sustain a volunteer military, it is the decline in combat readiness."