“We now know from various accounts that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as former CIA Director David Petraeus, advocated an ambitious program of arming various Syrian rebel factions in the Syrian Civil War. Theirs was not a popular policy even among the Obama national security team. In fact, it was so unpopular that the Obama team decided not to make an official determination about whether or not to arm the Syrian rebels. In this murky area of indecision they hatched a plan for a limited program to move weapons from Libya into Syria through Turkey.”
“Obama campaigned against Mr. Bush’s unilateralism. George W. Bush opposed nation-building. Bill Clinton was averse to George H.W. Bush’s purported “coldness” in foreign policy. The elder Bush, for his part, was a much better tactician than he was a strategist (George H.W. Bush famously quipped that he lacked an understanding of that whole “vision thing”). As you can see, American foreign policy has not only unmoored America from its hard-won dominant position atop the international system, but U.S. foreign policy itself has become unglued by America’s political leaders over the last 30 years.”
President-elect Donald Trump has signaled his intention to hold Sino-American Relations hostage until he can force the Chinese to renegotiate trade deals with the U.S. Mr. Trump has signaled his willingness to recognize Taiwan in order to get the Chinese to the table. In turn, this has prompted hostility from China. This essay addresses why China will challenged the new Trump Administration.
Underlying the Syrian Civil War has been a competition to build a billion-dollar pipeline through Syria to Europe. Russia has ensured that the Iranian pipeline will win out, thereby harming U.S. interests and empowering Russia’s influence not only in Syria, but more importantly, in Europe, which is overwhelmingly dependent on Russia for its energy needs.
This is a thought exercise as to how the U.S. can defeat Russia militarily: it lies in Russia’s weakened Far East, not in Europe.
Egypt is a geostrategically vital part of the Mideast. It has long been the source of stability for the region. It has also long been an ally of the United States. Since the Arab Spring, however, that has been changing. Now, with the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi and the rise of Egyptian General Sisi as president, the Obama Administration has erroneously distanced itself from Egypt, allowing for Russia to swoop in. This article details the ramifications of that.
The U.S. has struggled to restore the stability that to the Mideast that it lost after 9/11. In just the last week, the fact that America has forever lost the Mideast was made apparent to all. This article highlights the 3 developments that prove that and signals a way forward to a new strategic paradigm.
America has become increasingly militarized at home and brilliant at tactical military victories abroad. However, it lacks strategic leadership and vision. This article argues that with the level of Strategic Dissonance we are currently experiencing, there is no wonder weapon available or in development today that will save America from its downward trajectory in foreign policy. What is needed is a revolution in strategic thought, not military affairs.