“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.”
The Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran has been a total and utter failure. Rather than deterring Iran from further aggression with the West and its allies, it has induced Iran toward greater aggression. This article is my attempt to advocate for sterner measures for the Trump Administration to take in resisting Iranian aggression
The ongoing Mosul Offensive is proceeding well, but the Islamic State is not going anywhere for a while. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are fighting to retake the vital Helmand Province with renewed vigor, as the U.S. continues to drawdown. The fact that the Islamic State can easily find refuge in Syria and that the Taliban seem poised to retake operational control over Afghanistan means that the U.S. is on the losing side of an eroding stalemate in the Global War on Terror. This essay addresses these concerns and articulates a general way forward.
South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It was created after having fought a brutal war against Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government of Sudan. President George W. Bush, more than any foreign leader, is the man most responsible for midwifing the birth of South Sudan. Now, South Sudan has become consumed by tribal civil war and is what many experts refer to as the world’s “first Pre-Failed State.” This article advocates for the cantonization of South Sudan to save the 3 year-old country.
For the entirety of the Obama Administration, the United States has engaged in a foreign policy oriented around cooperating with its adversaries and accommodating them, in order to bring about an international order to that eschews the pitfalls of the 19th century concert of powers or 20th century balance-of-power schemes. President Obama’s foreign policy has yielded terrible results. This essay argues for increased defense spending and enhanced military capabilities, in order to deter American foes and reassure American friends.