The current decline in US defense capabilities is undermining its conventional deterrence in the Pacific and indeed, around the entire globe.
A recent hearing on the findings of the blue-ribbon National Defense Panel points to several key items that need to be on the Pentagon’s to-do list over the final two years of the Obama administration.
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The conclusion that we need to harden the grid immediately is about as clear as anything can be, as a matter of elementary risk analysis. Yet our decision processes have become so sclerotic that we are unable to deal with this very clear mortal threat, and now we have put ourselves in a terrible strategic posture.
The challenge for the United States remains steering a course in international affairs that defends our interests, avoids the tragedies of unpreparedness, and keeps the peace through strength and deterrence.
When thinking about torture, American public opinion appears to be a combination of idealism and realism. While Americans find the practices abhorrent and barbaric, most are unwilling to rule them out completely.
We can’t say for sure what Americans’ reactions to the Senate’s recent report will be, but there is already a considerable body of recent questions to show how Americans view torture that may shed some light on what new polling will show.
The release of a Senate report on Bush-era interrogation policies could have prompted an informed, responsible debate over intelligence and the war on terror. But not the report that saw the light of day Tuesday. Because of fundamental mistakes made at its very birth, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s accounting offers a dispiriting, partisan attack on American intelligence agencies at a time when we need them more than ever.
Contrary to Pentagon claims that a buffer zone would not ease Syria’s humanitarian crisis, AEI’s Danielle Pletka has been arguing over the past two years that just such a policy is necessary to end the suffering President Bashar Assad has inflicted on the Syrian people and restore US credibility in the Middle East.