Author Archives: Daniel L. Davis

Pence Assures West Point Grads: ‘You Will Fight On A Battlefield’

This war veteran finds the vice president’s statements and underlying mentality ‘disturbing.’

McMaster Uses Worn Vietnam Trope to Accuse Americans of Defeatism

After nearly 18 years in Afghanistan, the people know the war is lost. When will Washington elites let go?

Trump Came This Close to Getting Afghanistan Right

The president’s instincts were correct. Then the establishment intervened.

Patience and a Powerful Military Are the Keys to Success With North Korea

The most foolish thing we could do would be to start a war of choice.

Time to Talk to the Taliban

We have no choice. The 17-year war in Afghanistan has failed at every level, while the violence is only getting worse.

U.S. Forces Cannot be Iraq’s Security Crutch Forever

Whatever they say, this is not WWII-era Germany or Japan.

Is the Military Losing Its Ability to Fight Capable Foes?

We need to refocus on future existential threats.

Hurling 4,000 U.S. Troops into a Strategic Void

Secretary Mattis’s ‘mini-surge’ will have no impact on 16-year Afghanistan war

The Problem With Taking Sides in Syria

Our NATO ally is attacking our most capable anti-ISIS partner.

Sending More Troops to Afghanistan Won’t Win the War

Combat boots do not solve diplomatic and political conflicts.

How to Build a National Defense We Can Afford

Intervening around the globe is doing far more harm to America’s national security than any other single factor.

Why Russia Supports Assad

They have vital interests in the region. Appealing to the moral high ground won’t change their position.

Diplomatic Give-and-Take Is Not a Sign of Weakness

Washington and Moscow are heading toward crisis.

No Grand Strategy Is a Recipe for Disaster

The U.S. needs a comprehensive set of beliefs that inform foreign and defense policy.

The Cost of Failure

The Pentagon wastes money while failing to update key military vehicles.

‘Munich’ or Marvelous?

There’s an art to compromise in international relations.

Let’s Rethink What ‘Leadership’ Means in Foreign Policy

Restraint isn’t weakness.

The Wholesale Failure of American Foreign Policy

How long will the people permit it?

COIN Is a Proven Failure

America risks shoveling more troops into Iraq to replicate a strategy that never worked in the first place.

Questions to Ask Before Bombing Iraq

Advocates of immediate airstrikes still haven’t learned the past decade’s most basic lessons.

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