It should be clear to everyone that taking out a known terrorist threat was the right thing to do, but it needs to be accompanied by a clear and transparent long-term policy, an identifiable objective, and a flexible approach. Currently, the focus of our national security interests should be Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran.
Iran operates through the camouflage of proxies. Iran remains a terrorist state that poses a cyber threat and should be regarded as a genuine vehicle of rogue nuclear proliferation. This is obviously dangerous and must be countered by a strong and united western government political pressure, continued economic sanctions, and regional diplomatic pressure backed up by military strength.
What is required is a clear and sober understanding that Iran is the main threat to Israel and stability in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa. Their coordination with Russia, China, and North Korea is also very de-stabilizing to US security interests.
We must look at the geopolitical environment as first world threats and third world threats. The gray area between the two is where Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea will operate to promote their interests and undermine US interests.
Everything is connected, and we must have a comprehensive policy, strategy, and approach. The military is not the solution; it is part of the solution. Understanding this is the first step to creating the right policy, strategy, and approach to avoid war.
America must continue to invest in our alliances. We cannot weaken relationships that maintain peace and stability. NATO is critical to global security interests, and we must enhance this alliance to counter those who seek to undermine confidence.
A first world strategy is driven by a strong nuclear deterrent, strategic air and naval assets, and the best logistical and communications capacity on the planet. We must invest in an industrial base that can be activated quickly. To back this up, we must protect our grid, communications infrastructure, and be energy independent.
Success requires a third world gap strategy that supports our partners in gaining and maintaining stability through security, governance, and development in areas that violent extremist organizations operate. This would largely be special operations-led in support of the Department of State. Working with our allies, international organizations, and non-government organizations will offer shared solutions and mitigate the cost and burden.