The annual Halifax International Security Forum covered the full suite of security problems confronting the world today. And whether talking about the self-proclaimed Islamic State or the long-term challenges of Russia and China, there was a yearning for more robust American leadership.
The conflict between the self-declared Islamic State and the civilized world has taken a chilling turn now that the group has demonstrated a deadly commitment to transnational terrorism. Clearly one phase of the conflict with the group has given way to a new one. The U.S. must react accordingly.
Like most people, the Paris attacks filled me with a range of emotions: shock, horror, revulsion and finally anger. It seems, however, that among the pundit class, one emotion above all is dominating: panic. And it’s creating a set of myths that could keep us from learning the necessary lessons.