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.”
In The New York Times, AHS speaker William Inboden discusses Russia's tenuous claim on being a credible G-8 member:
"In the 13 years of Vladimir Putin's rule, Russia has ceased to be an 'industrialized democracy' in any legitimate sense of the term and instead has become a kleptocratic autocracy."
"Obama isn’t good off the cuff, especially when challenged; he is far better with a prepared speech. And what emerged is an awful portrait of the president and his conception of the world."
"Whether Russia’s assessment of the West is correct or precise is irrelevant. Perception is reality and Russia’s perspective drives its march westward. Regardless of the specific Western response ranging from sanctions to repositioning of military assets, it is in everybody’s interest to alter Russia’s assessment of our weakness, decadence, and division."
"There will be no peace for Ukraine until and unless Putin sees the cost for his behavior as being greater than the rewards, and there will be no permanent stability in Eastern Europe absent NATO expansion."
"Few foreign policy failures have been so acute lately as the failure to think ahead and plan for contingencies. Many of the crises we are grappling with were foreseeable."