As the year comes to a close, FP's National Security team asked what you have atop your wish list. From peace on earth to a full magazine, coffee lids, and Mexican beer, here's what they hope is coming in Santa's sleigh.
All I want for Christmas is...
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:
“A deal to prevent sequestration... and Bravo wants his own Predator.”
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
allies, weaker enemies, and the continued commitment of the American
people to our military in case the first two don't work out."
Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps:
“The same thing that
every Marine wants... a crust of bread, a full magazine, the eternal
friendship of fellow Marines... and the sound sleep that comes with the
satisfaction of serving the greatest nation on earth!”
Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff:
“Wishing that all Soldiers
deployed overseas, and away from their Families have a safe holiday and
are able to take the time to celebrate with their teammates.”
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations
: "A banner year for safety -- for those at home and those deployed."
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
: “In an organization where the sun never sets, I
hope all of our sailors and Marines have a safe and healthy Christmas
and know how much America appreciates their efforts to keep them all
Ambassador Michael Oren:
[All I want for Hanukkah is...] "May 2013 be the
year that all the peoples of the Middle East achieve true liberty and
build peace-loving democratic societies, free from physical threat and
Andrew Schwartz, senior vice-president of external relations, CSIS
: “My wish is for the killing to stop in Syria and for a diplomatic solution to our problems with Iran.”
Doug Wilson, Obama surrogate and former assistant secretary of defense for public affairs
: “A new generation of Chris Stevenses: young
foreign policy professionals who can be given the opportunities and the
tools necessary to identify and engage earlier with the new generation
of Mohammed Morsis emerging around the world through non-tradtional
channels to positions of leadership within their nations.”
Paul R. Pillar, nonresident senior fellow, Center for Security Studies,
"A serious Western proposal in negotiations with
Richard Aboulafia, vice-president of analysis at The Teal Group:
"An awareness by the F-35 program that the world fighter market is indeed a market. It's a dialogue between people shopping for things and people selling things. It's not a simple question of signing up partners and customers and then expecting them to pay the price they're offered."
William Hartung, Center for International Policy:
"an end to gun violence at home and abroad.”
Aaron Belkin, professor San Francisco State University and advocate for “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal
: “A significant cut to U.S. military spending, not the measly $10 billion annual cut that's currently under consideration."
Ben Friedman, CATO Institute:
“As Jew, I feel like I have to be modest in my Christmas gift demands, so all I want is for the press to stop referring to the $487 billion reduction in once-planned spending (before sequestration) under the Budget Control Act as a cut. It's a cut like me not eating out tonight as planned a few months back is a spending cut. In real terms the cut -- meaning less than before -- of about 3 percent, around $15 or $20 billion. Pretty modest over a decade.”
Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson:
“A Republican Party that isn't on the wrong side of every issue.”
Canadian soldier on Camp Eggers in Kabul:
“Coffee lids for the Green Bean.”
Soldier on drive duty in Kabul:
“A cold Corona.”
Linda Jamison, executive vice president, external affairs (acting), U.S. Institute of Peace:
“For no child to have to grow up in a conflict-ridden country.”
Chuck Rubac, former Navy Seal and owner and founder of upstart brewery Commando Beer:
- “A 30-hour day.”
Harry Blaney, senior fellow, Center for International Policy
: “Some intelligence, wisdom, and courage from Netanyahu and Abbas and more, not less, American, balanced mediation! (Oh, also Peace on Earth!)"