The Obama Doctrine has a narrow focus: keeping other nations from using biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons. It argues that we should always seek the support of the world community to enforce this prohibition. But, if they fail to respond, we should act unilaterally, because we are "the anchor of global security."
Any engagement of American military power in Syria, particularly drone and cruise missile strikes, is an act of war, limited or not, whether troops are actually deployed or not.
When it comes to cyber deterrence, the revolutionary idea for policy makers to get their heads around is that the public and private sector need to be better informed on discussions pertaining to a state's cyber war capabilities.
We should have armed the rebels a couple of years ago to try to even the playing field so that they had a chance at toppling the regime. Of course, there was the danger that we'd arm the "wrong rebels," but, God knows, intelligence is an inexact business and we should have done the best we could to sort out the sheep from the goats.
At this moment, Congress has the opportunity to choose a new meaning for future anniversaries of 9/11. It could be the day that life went on just as disastrously as previously -- or it could be the day that changed everything, and this time for the better.
There is no magic formula, one-size-fits-all, or instant cure for the deep-seated problems in the Middle East and the Arab world. Transforming the political culture of the region, and helping it find its own solutions consistent with globally accepted norms, but without imposing Western models, is a generational project.
It's time to bring all the troops home, secure our borders like Fort Knox and reduce our foreign policy to negotiation, trade embargoes and other fiscal restrictions.
We will not resolve or set right Syria, any more than we did Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya -- or dare I say Vietnam. We can, however, help to defend our few friends and even fewer steadfast democracies.
As the young Palestinian entrepreneurs taught me, and as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton often remarked, talent is universal -- but opportunity is not. The more opportunity we can provide for the private sector globally and for a very talented next generation, the more successful U.S. foreign policy will be.
On Tuesday Obama will have to bring to the fore his rhetorical power to not just persuade but to involve, to make it clear why the tragedy in Syria is too shared by Americans and why action now merits not just the projection of American power but too her capacity for moral leadership.
Americans strongly -- and loudly -- oppose a military strike. Unfortunately for President Obama, the issue came up when Members of Congress were on their summer recess, most of them in their home districts. Constituents had access to their Representatives. And the Representatives got an earful.
We Americans tend to think of most wars in terms of our own Revolution. There is an oppressive ruler. There are an oppressed people. The people yearn for greater freedom and democracy for all. The oppressive ruler must fall so that a brighter day may dawn. If only it were true.
Here are some of the top talking points that should be raised before members of Congress as to why authorizing US airstrikes on Syria would be a bad idea.
Military intervention should not be for punishment of Assad for the use of chemical weapons or the atrocities of the past two years. Its main purpose ought not be for sending a message to any other country planning to use weapons of mass destruction.
If Congress approves the proposal, then President Obama's ability to conduct effective military action will be strengthened. Even if Congress rejects the president's proposal, he still benefits.
As the world is riveted to the Syrian crisis, it may surprise many to know that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations are still going on. The talks, h...