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"His reputation is pretty good," one Pentagon official said. "He's savvy about Washington, worked the Hill," and at a lean 6-foot-4, the former Georgetown basketball player "looks great in a suit."Well, thank goodness for life's little blessings, I guess.
I think India is extremely vulnerable. And the fundamental reason for that is that this is a state that has neglected security for decades. Investment in policing was considered a nondevelopmental—and consequently wasteful—expenditure. We are one of the most under-policed societies in the world. We have a ratio of 126 police per 100,000, whereas the Western ratio is 250-500 plus per 100,000.
Also, our police are under-equipped and under-resourced across the board. There is no really hard counterterrorism core to policing in India, despite our decades of experience as a target of terrorism. Consequently there is absolutely no doubt that India is vulnerable to terrorism and will remain so in the coming years.
I think this government as well as its predecessor has been equally inept and equally neglectful on the issue of terrorism …The principle task of law enforcement and law-and-order management and counterterrorism is the state's under the Indian constitution. It is the responsibility of the state governments that are run by various parties in the country. All major parties have some states under their control. With very rare exceptions, the quality of counterterrorism has been abysmal.
The three challenges confronting the US military today — the war against Islamist terrorist elements, the prospect of nuclear-armed rogue states, and the potential rise of China as a military rival — differ greatly from those confronted during the Cold War era. Nor do they resemble the threats planned for in the immediate post-Cold War era: minor powers like Iran, Iraq and North Korea that lacked weapons of mass destruction and were assumed to present challenges not all that different from Iraq during the First Gulf War. Hence the focus on waging two such conflicts in overlapping time frames that animated the Defense Department’s two major regional conflict posture sustained until the 9/11 attacks.I'm at a wedding this weekend prior to my triumphant return to East Tennessee. In my downtime this weekend, I am reading this important report (.pdf, passed along by SNLII).
For the Army, these new challenges all suggest the onset of an era of persistent, irregular conflict.
Barack Obama wants to send 7,000 more American troops to this disaster zone. Does he have the slightest idea what is going on in Afghanistan? For if he did, he would send 7,000 doctors.Can't we send both?
The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.Um, unless those conflicts are with Charlie Dunlap or Bing West.
President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain in his position for at least a year, according to two Obama advisers. A senior Pentagon official said Mr. Gates would likely accept the offer if it is made.