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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Anthony H. Cordesman
Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies issued a report in December on the U.S. war in Afghanistan, sparing no military kiss-up or diplomatic busybody.
The legion of those who would do nothing in the face of Iran's drive to achieve nuclear weapons capability has another member: Anthony H. Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In an Aug. 31 column, Charles Krauthammer lays out Mr. Cordesman's three-step plan.
Afghanistan's weak government and Pakistan's safe havens for militants continue to hamper progress in the Afghan war strategy, according to a new Pentagon report.
Col. Moammar Gadhafi's well-equipped but poorly trained security forces can wage a protracted battle against rebel fighters, allowing the beleaguered Libyan leader to cling to power for months, according to analysts and former Libyan officials.
"The Russian sale of the S-300 to Syria is a massive game changer," said Anthony H. Cordesman, a senior national security Middle East scholar at the Center for Strategic International Studies think tank in Washington. "If it is more than a matter of words, and actual transfers take place, it virtually ensures that the U.S.-Russian talks will be meaningless."
Such a development would also send "warning signals" to the West about Russia's possible intent to make "similar arms transfer to Iran," said Mr. Cordesman, who added that Moscow's move may also "drag Israel into the Syrian fighting, and would sharply alter U.S. and allied 'no fly' capabilities if the Syrians can quickly absorb the system and make it effective."