"And consider the way special ops are portrayed in popular culture, in movies. There is an identity that [extremist] groups want to have. They want to emulate the way military members dress, the way they carry weapons because that portrays an image of confidence and credibility," said Golby addressing the recruitment of veterans into extremist groups in the latest from CNN.
Sheena Greitens sounds off in "To cancel or not?: IOC, Japan press ahead with Tokyo Games" published in the AP: “I think it highly likely that China will frame the Winter Games ... in terms of China’s successful model of pandemic management and global health leadership”... “I would think that Japanese leaders would be keen to exercise their leadership and burnish their image globally — especially if it can be presented as leading the way into some kind of post-COVID era.”
Clements Center Faculty Fellow Sheena Greitens sits down with Eric Gomez of the CATO Institute and geopolitics author Robert D. Kaplan to discuss Taiwan's defense against the Peoples Republic of China after they stated that Taiwan will return to them by 2049 in "Could China Conquer Taiwan?".
'The fact that Pelosi is talking to Milley about the topic is “alarming, and it shows just how dysfunctional things are right now,” said Jim Golby' in last week's article from the Washington Post.
Clements Center Senior Fellow Jim Golby sounds off on the National Guard's involvement in last week's breach of the U.S. Capitol, noting "the president wasn’t consulted at a moment of national crisis, and the vice-president was, suggests the commander-in-chief was missing in action and not in command.” Golby also notes that the contrast between the heavy-handed measures applied against left-wing protesters in the summer and the light touch afforded to the pro-Trump crowd this week “will also further politicise the military in the minds of some Americans.”
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