"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."
"There is only one problem, though. The Iraqi National Guard does not yet exist. Even if many able officers and soldiers are available to join it, it will take some time to determine the characteristics of the force and then create it, meaning that operations to retake the Sunni Arab heartland from ISIS would probably have to wait until 2015."
"For a president who has been intent on ending two wars and getting American GIs home from both Iraq and Afghanistan, a military return to Iraq would be a bitter pill to swallow."
"As territorial frictions involving China and many of its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, the United States needs a clearer regional strategy."
In the Los Angeles Times, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why it's time to reassess the long-standing American anathema to military involvement in Africa's terrible wars:
"Rather than view that as an excuse not to be involved, the United States should seize the opportunity to contribute to a greater international effort to help turn Africa gradually from a zone of conflict to a zone of hope. Doing so will be good for America's own security and economic interests, as well as humanitarian ones."
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."