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Iraq Withdrawal Ahead of Schedule

Report 30 July 2009

Yesterday Secretary Gates said the handover of security to Iraqi forces was going smoothly and that the withdrawal of U.S. forces could potentially be accelerated. Gates’ comments indicate that the U.S. is well on its way to removing its combat forces in accordance with the 19 month timeline outlined by President Obama and the Status of Forces Agreement signed by President Bush.It is now up to Iraq’s political leaders to do theirs. A strategy that progressives have promoted for more than four years – and which have come to have broad bipartisan support – is quietly moving forward
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Iraq

Withdrawal from Iraq is On Track

Report 23 July 2009
Yesterday Prime Minister Maliki and President Obama confirmed that the United States was on track to withdraw all of its combat forces by August 2010. The meeting between the two comes in the wake of the successful withdrawal of American forces from Iraqi cities. The transition of responsibility for security from U.S. to Iraqi forces has been relatively smooth. However, the situation in Iraq remains volatile, as bouts of sectarian violence have reemerged. But ultimately it is up to Iraqis to determine their own future. Therefore it is imperative that the withdrawal of U.S. forces continue along the timeline announced by President Obama in February, as outlined in the U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement signed by President Bush.
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Military

Building the Military We Need

Report 15 May 2009
In a tremendous departure from Rumsfeld, Secretary Gates’ first priority has been to ensure that the troops on the ground get all the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs.  Through his focus on the immediate challenges of the current wars, Gates hopes to rebalance the military, better positioning it to address both the conventional and irregular threats of the 21st century. 
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Diplomacy

Conservative Myths about Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

Report 28 April 2009
Conservatives have persisted in pushing various myths about President Obama's various foreign policy achievements. This document outlines the various conservative claims and definitively refutes their hypocritical, baseless claims. In reality, President Obama has achieved many foreign policy goals in a remarkably short period of time.
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Iraq

After Six Years, A New Consensus On Iraq

Report 20 March 2009
Six years after the war began, a popular and political consensus has emerged on the way forward. This new consensus represents an important turning point in the debate over Iraq -- and an important early victory for the Administration’s ability to enunciate and build support for national security policies that are pragmatic, progressive and widely supported.
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Iraq

A Disastrous Legacy: Six Years Since the Invasion of Iraq

Report 19 March 2009
Six years ago President Bush launched the invasion of Iraq.  Thankfully, we finally have a clear exit strategy that will redeploy all American forces out of Iraq by the end of 2011.  Today, the National Security Network is releasing a comprehensive analysis of the legacy of the Iraq war and tomorrow we will be analyzing the changes that Barack Obama and progressives have managed to push through in the last year.
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Terrorism & National Security

Cheney's March Madness

Report 16 March 2009
Yesterday Dick Cheney claimed that we have succeeded in Iraq and that the Bush administration’s torture policies were “a great success story.” But the latest sally in the previous Administration’s attempt to spin its own failed legacy bumped up against revelations of a secret 2007 report by the International Red Cross that concluded that the Bush administration’s interrogation methods “constituted torture” and amounted to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
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Diplomacy

50 Days: Obama's Foreign Policy Dramatically Different than Bush

Report 10 March 2009
Fifty days into the new administration, a close examination of foreign policy shows dramatic changes on three broad fronts, with early table setting steps giving way to action abroad and at home.  Not everything can or should change overnight, but skeptics' assertions that Obama' foreign policy is a continuation of Bush's is not supported by the facts.
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Diplomacy

A Comprehensive Strategy for the Middle East

Report 5 March 2009
Fewer than 50 days into his Presidency, Barack Obama has begun to set a different framework for how America deals with the Middle East. There is no question that today America’s choices and flexibility in the region are far greater than they were only 50 days ago.
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Iraq

New Iraq Plan Signals a Sea Change in American Foreign Policy

Report 2 March 2009
President Obama’s plan to end the war keeps the promise that he made throughout the campaign to withdraw American combat forces, redefine the mission to focus on training and counterterrorism, and send a clear message to the Iraqis and the world that America’s troop presence in Iraq is coming to an end. 
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