In an era when “government” is almost synonymous with “dysfunction,” the impressive response to the Gibraltar Fire is a welcome reminder that our government can still do some hard jobs very well.
The UN is starting to exercise greater leadership on border management issues. This is consistent with recommendations that we made with the Stimson Center just before the most recent General Assembly meeting.
Today, the West doesn’t fully understand (or is willfully blind to the fact) that the rest of the world has not abandoned ideological struggle, the use of force to resolve disputes, or Machiavellian international politics. We continue to see international relations through rose-colored glasses — the prism of the forward march of history. We have, however, misjudged the pace. As a result, we are struggling in an increasingly disorderly and dangerous world.
Why we must not let 9/11 slip from our country’s consciousness as the years go by: (1) it is an inspiring and humbling lesson in duty and heroism; (2) it teaches us that our government is not perfect – we made mistakes before the attacks and we have made many since; and (3) it is a stark reminder that our fortunes as a nation depend on engaged citizens and dedicated and deliberative public officials.
The West and the refugees in Europe would both be better off if Western leaders saw the mass migration crisis as an opportunity to build a symbolic battleship to fight in the propaganda war we are waging with IS and al Qaeda. This ship will soon sail. Let’s not miss this boat too.
2040 Matters in Good Company in its Critique of Iran Deal. Since I published my first Post arguing that Congressional Democrats should condition their likely “yes” votes upon Administration commitments to mitigate the unintended consequences of the Iran Deal, two very influential foreign policy experts have weighed-in on the deal making very similar arguments. In an ...
If concerned citizens put pressure on Congressional Democrats for the next three weeks, we could substantially mitigate the Iran deal’s flaws, and thus increase the security of the U.S. The best way to apply such pressure is to write our elected officials.
America’s engagement in the broader Middle East has been a long, painful, and bipartisan lesson in the law of unintended consequences. The Iran deal will almost certainly add a new chapter. To obtain their support for the Iran deal, the U.S. has promised the Sunni regimes in the Middle East unprecedented levels of military and other support. This aid will, in turn, feed the highly-effective propaganda and recruiting machines of al Qaeda and IS. Congressional Democrats should take steps to mitigate this dangerous unintended consequence before voting “yes” on the deal.