"Obama undoubtedly assumed that Iran, the obvious candidate, would see Iraqi stability as in its own self-interest. It was a severe miscalculation."
"The president is dreaming of an historical accommodation with Iran. The goal looms so large as to influence every other facet of American policy."
"The very existence of the op-ed by Crocker, Luers, and Pickering is Exhibit "A" for the case against their own argument."
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."
"This shows what happens when the United States stands aloof and refuses to do more to counter Iranian power: America’s allies in the region take matters into their own hands. The result is the polarization of the entire region into pro- and anti-Iran blocs that feed a mushrooming cross-border civil war."
On Tuesday in USA Today, AHS speakers Michael Doran and Michael O'Hanlon explain how negotiations between Assad and the opposition are not based on reality:
“This week, elements of the Syrian opposition are scheduled to begin negotiations in Geneva with representatives of President Bashar Assad. Absent a miracle, the talks will fail. The goal of each side is the complete defeat of the other. But neither has the means to accomplish such objectives, or even understand this profound disconnect."