"If there is any one measure of our elected leaders’ indifference to upholding the moral compact needed to sustain a volunteer military, it is the decline in combat readiness."
In The Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt discusses the balance between privacy and security:
"Because we’ve lost sight of what our core civil liberties are, we tend to forget those periods in American history where getting the balance between safety and liberty was far more difficult and problematic than it is today. During previous wars, American presidents have suspended the writ of habeas corpus, ignored the authority of the courts, censored publications, compromised mail, and interned over a hundred thousand Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens in “war relocation camps.” We’re nowhere near that state today."
In The Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Mary Habeck discusses Obama's historic misunderstanding of terrorism and the Middle East:
"Obama’s turning from the Middle East war is not just a strategic mistake for America, but a stain on America. The legitimacy of representative government is not in self-evident principles but in principles made real, in the principled use of actual power. By pivoting away from the Middle East, the United States is saying through its actions that anything goes."
"If history is any judge, the swing back to interventionism is coming, and soon. A smart contender would get out ahead of the cycle now by outlining how the United States can pursue a policy of strategically grounded, tactically adept international leadership."