Reasonable people may disagree on the details of how best to address the U.S. epidemic through 2025, but we hope that everyone will agree it is time to truly "end AIDS" in the U.S., and that the next administration has an absolutely critical role to play in writing that history.
Such global leadership can indeed lead to an Age of Amity, a global economy where every nation can develop its own culture in a framework of global respect for human rights and dignity. This is our challenge for the 21st Century.
Americans at all levels, including the DOD leadership, generally view our interventions as positive and an indication of global leadership. The impact of our actions, however, has rarely been commensurate with the stated altruistic intentions.
Afghanistan does indeed have an important place in US National Strategy, responding to the core challenge of the Twenty-first Century: leading efforts to build the better world that is essential not only for global prosperity, but for US prosperity.
The Republican's main objective is to use the pain of sequester to force Democrats into accepting reductions in social and health security accounts. To achieve this end they are willing to let the Pentagon take a temporary hit and they are confident it will be temporary.