"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."
"The Obama administration has the wrong mind-set on our future U.S. military posture in Afghanistan. Exit should not be the strategy or objective. Protection of the homeland is the right metric. Instead of trying to leave by a given date, we should be planning to stay."
In the Washington Post, AHS speaker and Georgetown Professor Robert Lieber questions whether polarization in domestic politics affects foreign policy:
"With the passage of time, and especially if results fall short of initial expectations, party differences over foreign policy tend to widen, both because of disagreements over the issues at stake and as a result of elite leadership. In today’s polarized climate, politics can be delayed at the water’s edge, but it certainly doesn’t stop for long."