"While American military equipment may help the Lebanese Armed Forces contain ISIS territorial gains, it will do little to stem the ideological inroads of ISIS among Sunnis. Even if the current hostage crisis is resolved, the threat to Lebanon’s stability from ISIS will continue as long as the Syrian war persists."
"This gap between our expectations and reality is particularly relevant for Russia’s ongoing westward push. It is a weak state, but weak states are often not deterred by stronger ones, and attack even when in the end the odds are against them. Putin may do the unthinkable, after all."
"Keeping America's military from going “hollow” requires capability sufficient to maintain trained and ready forces, conduct current operations and prepare for the future."
"The danger in Afghanistan and Pakistan tomorrow is the same as the danger in Iraq today. Without a unilateral counterterrorism capability in Afghanistan, al Qaeda may regenerate in South Asia as quickly as it has regenerated in Iraq."
"At present, an Iraqi national guard does not even exist, yet it will be a linchpin of the new strategy. To succeed, U.S. advisers will probably have to help these new national guard units, as well as reconstituted regular army units, far beyond calling in airstrikes."
"Obama has left us with the strong impression that he is dedicated to defeating IS, but the method that he has adopted – air strikes – will not do the job."