Aug 8, 2019
Special guest Rick Berger joins Bryan and Chris for a discussion
of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the state of civil-military
relations. The post-9/11 mission expanded from counterterrorism to
nation-building, but this occurred, according to CSIS’s Mark
Cancian, without a serious "discussion about the relationship
between the desired end state and the military effort required to
reach it." Bryan, Rick, and Chris disagree on whether that’s
actually true — and whether it matters. Bryan gives kudos
to National Review’s Kevin Williamson for making the
case for independent thinking, Chris knocks CNN and the Democratic
debaters for spending too little time on foreign policy, and Rick
praises newly installed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for his
plan to beef up conventional deterrence in the Asia-Pacific.
- Mark F. Cancian, "Tell
Me How This Ends: Military Advice, Strategic Goals, and the
"Forever War" in Afghanistan," CSIS, July 10,
- Caroline Dorminey and Eric Gomez, "America's
Nuclear Crossroads: A Forward-Looking Anthology," CATO
- Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Julian E. Barnes, "S.
Military Calls ISIS in Afghanistan a Threat to the West.
Intelligence Officials Disagree," New York Times,
August 2, 2019
- Felix Tam and Anne Marie Roantree, "Trump
Says It's Up to China to Deal with Hong Kong Riots,"
Reuters, August 2, 2019
with Kevin Williamson," C-Span, July 19, 2019
- Max Boot, "The
Case for American Empire," The Weekly Standard,
October 15, 2001
- Justin Logan and Christopher Preble, “Fatal
Conceit,” National Review, August 12, 2010
- Fred Kaplan, “Five
Minutes to Explain the World,” Slate, August 1, 2019
- Congressional Budget Office, "Funding
for Overseas Contingency Operations and its Impact on Defense
Spending," October 2018
- Rick Berger, "Why
Withdrawing from Syria and Afghanistan Won’t Save Much Money,"
Defense One, February 26, 2019