The Obama administration has so far resisted calls to counter the Islamic State in Libya with military force. But it should not hesitate to act, if necessary, while acknowledging that the whack-a-mole fight against terrorist groups will be part of U.S. national security policy for years to come.
To advocates, they are 90,000 tons of American sovereignty, deployable anywhere on the globe to project power decisively and at will. To critics, they are hugely expensive and increasingly vulnerable monuments to a naval age gone by. Does the U.S. need aircraft carriers, and, if so, how many?
After the European Court of Justice struck down the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement last October, the trans-Atlantic digital economy has come under strain. Although the EU and U.S. reached a new deal in February, rifts in regulatory approaches persist, posing problems for U.S. and EU companies alike.