Wherein I critique the critique of the U.S. National Defense Strategy . . .

_Mattis

Last week the National Defense Strategy Commission published a study criticizing the 2018 National Defense Strategy (as the commission was constituted and instructed to do). The report is worth your while, but the coauthors fall prey to some of the troubles they find in the strategy: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-military-strategy-must-return-basics-36382.

Bring on a European army, but do it for the right reasons

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Over at The Hill, I endorse this week’s proposals from German and French leaders to create a pan-European army. The more American allies and friends take responsibility for their own affairs, the better for them—and for us. But I urge them not to launch into a project of this magnitude out of petty spite at President Trump’s manner or negotiating style. Founding a European force would be a huge and costly step. Europeans should undertake it for strategic reasons, not frivolous ones.

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/416976-a-pan-european-army-makes-sense-but-not-because-of-trump