There is much to criticize in the Pentagon's new strategy -- most notably its unwillingness to sharply curtail the number of missions expected of our armed forces. But there are positive elements of the administration's proposed approach as well.
Just when you thought things were getting better in the sandbox it turns out they aren't. That is one of the conclusions in the latest quarterly report from Stuart W. Bowen, Jr, the head of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
It's obvious that our foreign policy is to navigate abroad without a strategic gyroscope and only the most primitive of compasses. There is no strategic design -- certainly not an explicit one -- that is coherently articulated.
The U.S. would be wise to be patient and see how Europe's new approach to a common defense materializes before making any decisions with lasting impact, or significantly altering the transatlantic defense landscape.
It is irrefutably clear to us that if we do not make substantial cuts in the projected levels of Pentagon spending, we will do substantial damage to our economy and dramatically reduce our quality of life.
The defense budget is being cut in the sense that it's going up. The F-22 has been killed in sense that we've appropriated all the money we need to keep building them until we have to think about it again. The good news is that we're calling bad news good news.