A New Argument for American Global Leadership
By Jake Sullivan, the interpreter: “Three basic premises that formed the foundation of American foreign policy since 1945 are now in doubt. First, the premise that our alliances are a strategic asset, and not a liability, for the US. Second, the premise that values as well as interests matter in the conduct of our foreign policy. Third, and most important, the premise that American foreign policy should operate on the positive-sum logic that we are safer, stronger, and more prosperous when we contribute to making others safer, stronger, and more prosperous.”
Bombers: Long-Range Force Projection in the 21st Century
By Jerry Hendrix & James Price, CNAS: “As proved by this B-2 mission and many others, today’s bombers can successfully strike targets anywhere in the world and hold a nation’s enemies at risk in their own territory. Over time, bombers have developed and maintained this ability to operate deep in the enemy’s heartland where other weapon systems could not reach. This unique capability derives from a combination of three critical traits all bombers must possess in some dynamic combination, which may alter within a single mission: range, payload, and the ability to penetrate enemy defenses.”
The Political and Military Vulnerability of America’s Land-Based Nuclear Missiles
By Jon Wolfsthal, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: “As part of its comprehensive nuclear posture review, the Trump administration should take the time to determine whether ICBMs fit into America’s nuclear deterrent strategy, and to consider options such as reducing or even eliminating them – which could be done with little risk to the overall security of the United States or its allies.”
Thomas Donnelly writes: In conclusion, a Clausewitz mash-up: grasping the true nature of the war may be the most important act of strategy, and a matter of simple intellectual clarity, but the Prussian One also understood that what seemed mentally simple was morally difficult. – AEI Ideas
Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani write: The hard truth is that there are fundamental conflicts between universal human rights and the principle of Shariah, or Islamic law, which holds that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s; between freedom of religion and the Islamist idea that artists, writers, poets and bloggers should be subject to blasphemy laws; between secular governance and the Islamist goal of a caliphate; between United States law and Islamist promotion of polygamy, child marriage and marital rape; and between freedom of thought and the methods of indoctrination, or dawa, with which Islamists propagate their ideas. – New York Times
Ethiopia reawakens its Solomonic legacy. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.
“The example of how Ethiopia’s search for cohesiveness and growth reaches, of necessity, into its historical identity
Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor1, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. Globalist political trends in the post-Cold War period have led to the vitiation of sovereignty for most nation-states, with the inevitable whiplash reaction of societies which seek to find, and assert, their historical sense of identity. Many seek identity security, the basis of the identity politics phenomenon which is challenging globalism.
This is an example of the historical pendular action in human geopolitical history which has been evident for thousands of years. And yet, with this first real challenge to the 21st Century globalists, it is being viewed with perplexity.
It has been two decades since I wrote the book, Ethiopia Reaches Her Hand Unto God: Imperial Ethiopia’s Unique Symbols, Structures, and Rôle in the Modern World2, with the profound assistance of His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. It is remarkable that interest in the book has grown with the years, rather than diminished. The book continues to sell.
Part of this is because we are witnessing a strong resurgence in the unique identity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. This is not just because Ethiopia is finally recovering from the cultural devastation of the coup of 1974. It is also related to the fact that the transform-ing global social environment is forcing many people around the world to become con-scious of their core identities.
We are, as noted, entering a period globally of “identity politics”; a time when people yearn to understand why they are who they are; why they are special; and what their special relationship is with their geography. This introspection is neither accidental nor coincidental: it is a direct response to the threat felt to their identities by many people in the face of the globalism ideology which stressed the irrelevance of borders and na-tions. Bear in mind that this is quite separate from the mechanisms of the globalization of communications and trade, although these have helped foster the globalism philoso-phy, which is essentially an urban phenomenon in a world which is increasingly urbaniz-ing and increasingly materialistic….”
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