Before Arming Syrian Rebels, U.S. Must Weigh Consequences | by Nikolas Gvosdev
World Politics Review
The termination of the European Union embargo on providing military equipment to Syria's rebels, combined with renewed efforts in the U.S. Congress to goad the Obama administration into providing arms to the anti-Assad opposition, suggests that the West will soon become more directly involved in aiding the fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The thin line between cyberattacks and real war | quotes Michael Schmitt
The Daily Dot
Picture "a massive cyber operation directed against a country that has devastating effects on that country's economy," Schmitt says. "Why is that not an armed attack? If a warship sits off the coast of Rhode Island, shells it and destroys five empty houses," that would clearly prompt a physical retaliation.
Vietnam veterans remembered in ceremony aboard battleship | quotes Lt. Col. William Wando
The Herald News
Lt. Col. William Wando of the Naval War College, a heavily decorated serviceman, was the keynote speaker. He remembered his fallen comrades while serving in the Battle of Falujah in Iraq and spoke of the many others lost serving in past and present wars. “As long as we keep them in mind, their sacrifices will not have been in vain,” Wando said.
China Has Drones. Now What? | by Andrew Erickson
Drones, able to dispatch death remotely, without human eyes on their targets or a pilot’s life at stake, make people uncomfortable -- even when they belong to democratic governments that presumably have some limits on using them for ill. (On May 23, in a major speech, U.S. President Barack Obama laid out what some of those limits are.) An even more alarming prospect is that unmanned aircraft will be acquired and deployed by authoritarian regimes, with fewer checks on their use of lethal force.
The Realist Prism: To Draw Down War on Terror, Obama Must Turn Rhetoric Into... | by Nikolas Gvosdev
World Politics Review
President Barack Obama offered a detailed and comprehensive vision of how he plans to wind down the global war on terrorism. Perhaps inspired by the continued and growing criticism from his political base that his maintenance—and expansion—of executive powers inherited from the George W. Bush administration was setting troubling precedents for future chief executives....