We reflect today and honor those who participated in World War II’s D-Day, the largest combined military operation in history. The man who led the invasion and took full responsibility for the outcome, in success or failure, leaves us with an important reminder: the power and the importance of optimism.
The risks of war and the power of moral clarity cannot be underestimated.
Recent events have taken me to speak about their long-term strategic implications. Watch and listen to a podcast and video appearance on these topics.
So many of the assumptions we took for granted during the Cold War and post-Cold War world are now inadequate and outdated as we think through our next steps.
If readers think that a military victory in Ukraine can avoid a nuclear confrontation or that the removal of Vladimir Putin’s regime will usher in Russian leaders of any entirely different ilk, read again. The crisis has moved to a new level.
An escalating crisis in Ukraine makes it imperative that we restore key contacts between the United States and Russia. It’s time we realize that interacting with our adversary is not a sign of approval, it is a necessity. Nuclear powers, especially in this context, have responsibilities to ourselves and the rest of the world.
The Russian attack on Ukraine is illegal, immoral, and unjustifiable. But lost opportunities and short-term thinking have contributed to these events, which could lead to lasting turmoil.
It’s time to reach America’s Independents and moderates and convince them to take a bigger role in the political future of our country. There has never been a better time to do it.
Can we talk? No, really talk. The issue may be more emotional than any mandate or “frank” discussion can address.