Krauthammer’s Take: Despite Proposed Cuts, ‘Big Bird Is Going to Escape Unscathed’
Charles Krauthammer dismissed Trump’s budget as “dead on arrival” and pointed out that entitlements are what matter, even if proposed cuts focus on domestic discretionary spending such as public broadcasting:
This is a budget, like every other one I’…
Trump Looks Set to Escalate the Fight Against ISIS
After more than two years of slow-motion war against ISIS in Syria — a long fight that allowed the world’s largest terrorist organization to maintain city-sized safe havens in the Middle East — it looks increasingly like the Trump administration …
Support Our Kurdish Allies in the Middle East
For two years U.S. forces have been working closely with Kurds in the war against the Islamic State. This cooperation began in northern Iraq with the peshmerga, the armed forces of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern …
Trump’s Choice: Mattis or Mulvaney
Ten percent. Sounds at first like a significant increase. Whether it truly is, however, depends on context. To what shall we compare this number? And does it address our needs?
The answer is no. For we are speaking of America’s …
Yes, It’s Time to Increase Defense Spending
President Trump is declaring an intention to increase defense spending and pay for it in part with cuts to other agencies. Here’s the Washington Post:
President Trump will propose a federal budget that dramatically increases defense-related spending by $54 billion while …
The Unknown American Heroes of Syria’s Civil War
The Anglo-American hero Winston Churchill once said, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” There is no better way to describe the impact that …
The Morality of Using Military Power
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, by Eliot A. Cohen
Basic Books, 304 pages, $27.99
On the first page of Zero to One, Peter Thiel’s idiosyncratic manifesto on start-ups, the technology entrepreneur and …
Mr. President, Cancel the F-35
Our incoming president’s willingness to boldly challenge the status quo is arguably the main reason he was elected. And no defense project is more representative of a disastrous status quo than the 20-year-old Joint Strike Fighter program — the …
North Korea: Cold War Relic, Present-Day Threat
You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of …
Facing North Korea and Iran, Trump Must Strengthen Nuclear Deterrence
Like Big Brother in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un holds absolute power. And Kim, the same as his father and grandfather, wants to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under a xenophobic ideology of self-sufficiency.
Five Ways Trump Should Leverage American Ground Troops in Syria
As I explained last week, the recent deployment of U.S. Marines and Army Rangers to Syria — with more troops likely to be sent in the near future — represents an evolution of American strategy.
Yet these ground forces also give …
‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II
Editor’s Note: This article concludes Mike Fredenburg’s series on replacing the disastrous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Part I explains why the program should be considered a failure and argues that the Trump administration should proactively cancel the …
What Ryan Owens Can Teach Us about Crushing ISIS
The heartwarming recognition of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens’s sacrifice brought me to tears during President Trump’s address to Congress. For me, the sight of his widow’s deeply emotional response was the high point of the speech.
Was the Raid in Yemen More Fruitful than the Early Reports Indicated?
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Maybe that Raid in Yemen Was More Fruitful Than The Early Reports Indicated
This is the problem with anonymous sources. NBC News, February 28:
Last month’s deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost …
Were Bathtubs and Husbands More Dangerous than Nazis?
There are a few terror-related memes that crawl all over the left side of the internet — all of them designed to minimize, to downplay, the jihadist threat. “Bathtubs are more dangerous than terrorists.” “Toddlers are more dangerous than terrorists.” …
It’s Time to Turn the Page on the F-35: Here’s How
Much of the support for the F-35 fighter program comes from well-intentioned folks who, while acknowledging that the F-35 costs too much and is nowhere near as good as Lockheed Martin claims, feel that we must move forward with it …
The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump’s recent public criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies presages an effort to reorganize the nation’s sundry spy bureaucracies. Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, denies that the president has any …
Sangin, Bloody Sangin, and Wretched Afghanistan
Sources on the ground in Afghanistan tell American Military News that on January 1st, 2017 Afghanistan time, Sangin, widely known for the battle that took place there in 2010, has been completely retaken by the Taliban from the Afghan National Army.
— American …
Intramural GOP Strife Over Russia? Not So Fast
One of the first great media riffs to define the Trump administration before it even takes power blares from the news pages of today’s Wall Street Journal. The paper outlines an “intraparty split over Russia — which pits GOP …
General Mattis’s Challenge
“To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it with your left until you are finally exhausted, and then you find the damn bed just as it …