Last year, President Obama said his administration had a plan of action for Afghanistan—disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda. Since that time, the United States has experienced both gains and losses in that effort. In a recent unannounced trip to Afghanistan, President Obama conferred with President Hamid Karzai, met with U.S. troops and sent a strong message of support for the mission. Bruce Riedel says President Obama understands how much work he has to do to meet his stated objectives.
21st Century Security Forum: The National Defense Strategy and its global impact
The specific language North Korea is using to describe denuclearization is an old phrase, and anybody who has dealt with Pyongyang understands what it means. Kim [Jong Un] has no intention of giving up the nuclear weapons his regime has struggled and sacrificed so much to build. Kim Jong Un has conducted more nuclear tests than his father and is more determined than his father or his grandfather to make nuclear weapons a pillar of the regime's survival strategy.