Michael Barone writes on NRO: There were two extraordinary disclosures in Thursday's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Martin Dempsey.One is that there was no communication between them and Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the seven hours of September 11, 2012.
“A decade of war is ending,” Barack Obama declared in his second inaugural. His response to Benghazi, his decision on Syria, and his nomination of Hagel suggest he thinks he can draw down our forces and avoid military conflict.
But weakness is provocative and retreat invites attack. Threats abound — Iran, North Korea, China versus Japan. Obama’s moves may end up making war more likely, not less.