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Daniel Davis


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Past articles by Daniel:

Don’t Let Retired Generals Drag America Into the Ukraine War

If our policymakers take the advice of these former high-ranking officers, America may find itself at war with Russia over Ukraine. → Read More

Bankruptcy or bombs: Sprawling defense budget sets US up for financial and military ruin

Defense Priorities' Daniel L. Davis argues the US should spend all the money necessary to keep the country safe and enable its armed forces to meet its global treaty obligations – but not to become the force of first resort for any nation on earth. → Read More

A no-fly zone means Nato shooting down Russian jets. We must not do that

Nato must remain resolute and sober. If we let our emotions get the best of us, we may suffer far more harm than anything that has yet befallen Ukraine → Read More

Why Can't NATO Admit Ukraine Has No Chance of Joining?

"The declaration that NATO membership will not be offered to Ukraine and that missiles won't be stationed near each other's borders offers room for compromise." → Read More

Why is Afghanistan falling to the Taliban so fast?

The US public has not been given the full truth about Afghanistan for the past 15 years. Now, the bankruptcy of US policies is plain to see → Read More

Afghanistan squandered its 20-year opportunity. Joe Biden must stand firm on withdrawal.

If US interests had driven the strategy from the start, our troops would have left by summer 2002, when the Taliban and al-Qaida were no longer threats. → Read More

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis (ret.): Afghanistan – 20 years is enough, Biden right to plan firm end to war

It became painfully obvious as far back as 2010, that the Afghanistan war was militarily unwinnable. → Read More

Withdrawing Troops from Iraq and Syria Is Biden's Best Play to Avoid War in the Middle East

Some analysts suggest that the best way for Biden to respond to Iran's actions is to continue applying pressure to Tehran. → Read More

Biden's rumored choice for secretary of defense may make history, but she won't do Biden any favors

Opinion: Biden's Pentagon chief should be someone who recognizes the world we live in today is different than the one we inherited after the Cold War. → Read More

Defending Iraq Needs To Be Iraq's Job, Not The United States's

The Pentagon's spokeswoman says the U.S. is committed 'to ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS and supporting Iraq’s long-term security...and prosperity.' → Read More

The US Cannot Afford to Risk Another Endless War by Exerting Max Pressure on Iran

The reality is that Iran, at best, is a middling power with an aging military checked by other regional powers. → Read More

Should the United States Go to War with China if Taiwan is Attacked?

America has no formal treaty obligations to Taiwan, and conflict would result in significant casualties. Are we ready for that? → Read More

America's Military Should Not Be Used as an Auxiliary Force to Defend Berlin

"The conditions that existed at the height of the Cold War are now to be found only in history books." → Read More

American Recovery Depends on Getting Out of Afghanistan

Trump is right to push the military to withdraw—so why don't they? → Read More

Surprise! The Army is Now Using ISIS as an Excuse to Stay in Africa

The Pentagon makes one sane proposal to shift troops off the continent and the brass roils with resistance. → Read More

Daniel Davis: Killing of U.S. military members in Iraq should be followed by withdrawal of American forces

President Trump should order U.S. military forces out of Iraq. They have already accomplished all that could possibly be accomplished there. → Read More

Daniel Davis: All US troops should leave Syria – we shouldn’t get sucked into war

Washington should immediately withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria before any mishaps occur or any Americans are killed. There is nothing to gain from US involvement in the Syrian civil war. → Read More

8 Years Ago I Warned the Government Lied About Afghanistan—Will Anyone Listen Now?

It is time for U.S. troops to come home. → Read More

Chaotic, Bloody, and Tragic: America’s Catastrophic Entry into the Korean War

A retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. explains how this war began. → Read More

Pence Assures West Point Grads: ‘You Will Fight On A Battlefield’

This war veteran finds the vice president's statements and underlying mentality 'disturbing.' → Read More