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McCain

Iran

After 8 Years of Failure, Neocons in No Position to Critique Democracy Promotion Efforts

Report 18 June 2009
In the last few days, a prominent faction of conservatives has attacked the Obama administration's approach to Iran.These attacks are rooted in the neoconservative theory of democracy promotion: that tough American talk backed by the threat of force - in the case of Iraq, the actual use of force - and intrusive American intervention was the best method to promote democracy in the Middle East.
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A Rough National Security Week for John McCain

Report 24 October 2008
With only two weeks left until the election, John McCain had another difficult week on the national security front. From Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, to the Iraqi government's undermining McCain's position on withdrawal of US forces, to the Al Qaeda web-video vote for the Republic nominee for President, the Maverick has had a rough couple of days.
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Terrorism & National Security

Al-Qaeda Says It Wants Four More Years

Report 22 October 2008
Today, both the Associated Press and Washington Post report that Al-Qaeda-linked websites are celebrating the U.S. financial crisis and looking to the U.S. elections as a way to promote four more years of policies that work to Al-Qaeda’s advantage.
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John McCain Has Repeatedly Failed the Commander-in-Chief Test

Report 21 October 2008
In times of crisis it is essential that a leader have the temperament and judgment to guide America with a steady hand. Sen. McCain’s response in times of crises that has been erratic and reckless. During this campaign, McCain’s reaction to the global financial crisis and the outbreak of war between Russia and Georgia led many to question his judgment and his temperament. McCain’s erratic and hasty responses to past and present international crises raise real doubts about his ability to lead America through a crisis with a steady hand.
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McCain’s Domestic Policy Claims Inconsistent with His Reckless Foreign Policy

Report 15 October 2008
Tonight at the debate Senator McCain will make many promises about his domestic agenda. However, those promises will be impossible to keep as long as he continues to promote a reckless foreign policy.
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John McCain’s Bad Week on Foreign Policy

Report 10 October 2008
John McCain’s positions on critical foreign policy issues such as Iraq, Iran Afghanistan, and Pakistan have all been undermined by the assessments of our intelligence community and members of the military leadership. In a speech this week, General David Petraeus contradicted McCain’s positions on using our Iraq strategy in Afghanistan and on negotiating with our enemies. Additionally, in a damaging critique of the Senator’s bellicosity toward Russia, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz cautioned that U.S. interests demanded a strong effort to ease tensions with a resurgent Russia.
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Iran

Bush Administration's Direct Talks with Syria Further Proof that Not Talking Doesn't Work

Report 1 October 2008
After initially refusing to deal with Syria, Iran and North Korea, the Bush administration has completely reversed course on its “not talking to our enemies” policy. The McCain campaign has suggested that engaging in diplomacy with Syria would be naïve. However, a consensus has emerged among the foreign policy community that the McCain approach is unworkable, and that only Obama’s strategy stands a chance of succeeding.
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Iraq

Political Progress in Iraq Still Necessary

Report 26 September 2008
As the country’s focus has shifted to the economy, 140,000 American troops remain in Iraq and events there are not suspended. While violence has decreased dramatically in the past year and a half, Iraqi politicians have not taken advantage of the situation to come to the political compromises necessary to bring about stability.
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Iran

Time for a New Approch Toward Iran

Report 23 September 2008
Today Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak before the U.N. General Assembly. For years Iran’s leader has brandished hate-filled language that fully deserves the world’s condemnation. But President Bush and his allies, like John McCain, have used this as an excuse to continue a failed approach based on hollow saber rattling that has done nothing to constrain Iran’s nuclear development and its growing regional influence.
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NSN Memo: Friday's Debate, Commander-in-Chief Test for McCain & Obama

Press Release Washington, D.C. 22 September 2008