Here are a passel of articles well worth sharing on national security matters, as Team Obama wanders about increasingly in dreamland, with rare exceptions.
Soldier-author Ralph Peters offers a laundry list of American post-9/11 retreat;Manhattan Institute scholar Judy Miller offers three fresh reminders--a major British terror trial conviction, the latest on KSM & Iran's intransigence--of the peril we remain in since 9/11; a Senate panel recommends that Lockheed Martin & the Air Force develop an export model of the F-22 Raptor, so that 3 nations--Australia, Japan & Israel--can purchase it.
Author & Mideast reporter Robin Wright argues for a creative new approach to Iran, to leverage the changes inside Iran over the summer; a German Marshall Fund poll shows that 80 percent of Europeans oppose a military strike against Iran, even if talks fail; Christopher Hitchens describes engaging Iran as "like having sex with someone who hates you" (no shrinking violet, he), and elegantly eviscerates the administration's supine diplomacy. WSJ columnist Bret Stephens sees Obama's anti-Israel tilt pushing Israel towards striking Iran.
Two national security mavens warn of dire consequences if Team Obama sells out Western Europe on Iranian missile defense, with Russia the big gainer; Breitbart reports that Eastern Europeans are growing angry at Team Obama's slights directed at them. A Weekly Standard piece recounts the stirring history of Polish soldiers & airmen dying while fighting on our side, from the Battle of Britain to Iraq & Afghanistan, which makes the imminent betrayal of Poland all the more infuriating.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Syria may have more nuclear sites than previously thought. John Bolton wonders if Team Obama simply did not care much if the Libyan intelligence agent released by the Scots would enrage PanAm 103 families. American special forces killed a top al-Qaeda terrorist leader in Somalia. A New York Times front-pager reports that a "Lebanese Bernie Madoff" with ties to Hezbollah has been snared in a billion-dollar pyramid scheme; Hezbollah's ties (so much for religious piety) prevent locals from complaining too much--wonder where the money went....
Gordon Chang assesses, with a gimlet eye, North Korea's recent charm offensive.
Bottom Line. Team Obama is committed to fighting on in Afghanistan & seeing that Iraq does not disintegrate. But otherwise, they are a 21st century Carter administration: placate your enemies in hope they come around; spite your friends, in hope that they will make the concessions to enemies that will presumably produce peace. If this has worked in 10 millennia of human history, I missed it.