"In Turkey, corruption occurs with impunity. That may be tragic for Turkey itself, the Turkish middle class, and foreign investors unwilling to pony up cash; but embezzlement, bribes, and kickbacks don’t necessarily take lives."
"Obama's submission of a higher-than-allowed defense budget will then shift the burden to a Republican Congress to find the appropriate offsets to pay this bigger bill."
"Free speech can be a powerful tool, and so Western liberals should rally around Charlie Hebdo. Let us hope that no government or publisher responds to today’s violence with self-censorship. If they do, the Islamists have won and all man’s progress since the Enlightenment is at peril."
"The clearest path to this outcome for the White House is not only to stop improving its offers to Iran, but to toughen its negotiating position and agree to impose new sanctions by a date certain in exchange for Congress agreeing to the extension of talks and working with the White House on a smart sanctions relief offer."
"Both Sony and Snowden offer lessons on the importance of ordered liberty and the need for a free society to balance security needs with the protection of individual liberty."
"A reform conservatism on national security would therefore look to correct some of the most common foreign-policy errors of the post–Cold War era, while bolstering America’s underlying strengths overseas. It would preserve uncontested U.S. military supremacy. It would make clear distinctions between allies and adversaries, while supporting the former and resisting the latter."
"There is a lack of understanding by policymakers about how bad the drawdown is hurting capacity and readiness and how much is required to reverse course. It goes beyond simply halting sequestration to restoring defense budget growth that is slightly above inflation to keep the Defense Department afloat."