In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake declares that the administration is making things worse in Ukraine by opening its mouth:
"The Obama White House cannot resist the temptation to parade its every move in the Ukraine crisis -- much to the detriment of its policy succeeding. The White House thinks the president is so compelling and so central to the narrative that his every utterance is advantageous."
“While policymakers have many justifiable frustrations with the intelligence community . . . . policymakers are also prone to placing contradictory, sometimes impossible demands on the IC.”
"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."
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."
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."
"The United States must be realistic about what a democracy must do to demonstrate its ability to defend itself and must stop the flights of fancy that have led to a current de facto arms-sales freeze. This sort of policy would serve U.S. interests and may even be realistic."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why "sports diplomacy" and the Olympics don't actually advance peace:
"Amid the controversy over the Russian government's crackdown on gays and against the backdrop of threats by al-Qaida-affiliated groups, the Olympic Charter's promise to "place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity," seems increasingly tenuous."
"President Barack Obama's disastrous retreat on Syria last year has elicited a new wave of punditry at home and abroad about American war-weariness and neo-isolationism -- a thesis unhelpfully advanced by the administration's own defensive description of its foreign policy."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver questions whether military officers speak out too much:
"This public role is tricky. The military must be wary lest it find itself carrying political water for an administration unwilling or unable to defend its own policies. The military also must speak without subverting the chain of command and the integrity of the internal policymaking process. That means that the military must be careful not to speak with the intention of mobilizing public opinion against administration policy; that was the line that Fallon crossed."
"A Middle East policy built around shoring up Jordan and then other countries that are making the right kinds of domestic and international choices would go a long way in giving America's allies in the region a higher degree of confidence that the United States isn't turning its back on them."