Paul Ryan's National-Security Plan Won't Work
I strongly endorse the paper’s overall objective to defend the American people from all threats. But the strategy has to be one that has a chance of success, can be accomplished on the ground where the threats exist, and is affordable without burning up the military or bankrupting the nation. This plan won’t meet those standards. Military-first initiatives to rid the world of terrorists have been thoroughly discredited over the past couple decades. It is time to shift to a diplomacy-first foreign policy, undergirded by a powerful military, that Americans of all stripes can get behind.
Daniel L. Davis is a widely published analyst on national security and foreign policy. He retired as a Lt. Col. after 21 years in the US Army, including four combat deployments. The views in these articles are those of the author alone and do not reflect the position of the US Government. He tweets at @DanielLDavis1.
Image: “Troops with 3rd Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, pack up their gear as they prepare to leave Nov. 15, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Azizullah, Afghanistan. The Squadron transferred authority of the FOB to the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Civil Order Police. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards).”