Frederick Kagan, Christopher DeMuth Chair & Director of the Critical Threats Project, discusses president’s statements that the intelligence community underestimated the Islamic State group’s capabilities and overestimated the Iraqi military’s willpower
The Islamic State is a threat to the United States of America, and that is the primary reason we must defeat it. The United States has capabilities that no other state or group in the world has, and that is why we must lead this effort.
The Islamic State is a clear and present danger to the security of the U.S. We must therefore pursue an iterative approach that tests basic assumptions, develops our understanding, and builds partnerships with willing parties on the ground, especially the Sunni Arabs in Iraq.
Howard 'Buck' McKeonSeptember 11, 2014Remarks Prepared for DeliveryGood morning. Thank you Fred for that introduction. It was at around this time, 9:03am, on this day 13 years ago, that the second plane hit the World Trade Center. Please...
Please join us as for a conversation with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) on the specifics of his strategy, including opportunities created by the president’s overtures to NATO and what more must be done from a military perspective to defeat ISIS and protect American interests in the Middle East.
We invite you to tune into this Google Hangout conversation during which AEI foreign and defense policy scholars will discuss the implications of ISIS’s rise and the effect of US airstrikes thus far in Iraq.
American strategies that rely on severe tensions within Iran’s senior leadership or that imagine that Rouhani is somehow seriously at odds with the Supreme Leader and the IRGC on foreign, defense, or nuclear policy are likely to fail.