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Reckless Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Report 25 September 2008
In this current economic crisis steady and responsible guidance from our leaders is more important than ever. Americans expect this response not just with regards to the economy but also when it comes to national security. Senator McCain’s record in times of crisis is not comforting. Over two decades, McCain has shown again and again that he is prone to jump to conclusions and make reckless calls for military action.
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Afghanistan

Focusing on the Greatest Danger

Report 24 September 2008
Yesterday, in testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Gates said that military operations in Afghanistan require another 10,000 troops that he did not have because of Iraq. Gates also stated that the Al Qaeda safehaven in Northwest Pakistan represented the most direct threat to the U.S. homeland. This isn’t surprising.
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Memo to the Community: The National Security Debate

Report 22 September 2008
This debate is the Commander-in-Chief test for both candidates. Senator McCain, by virtue of his military and congressional service, claims the mantle of experience; but he is tied to the Bush Presidency and still faces questions on his economic prowess and his temperament. He must show that his experience translates into superior knowledge and good judgment and that his approach won’t be four more years of the same. Senator Obama must show that he can hold his own with the Senate veteran and that he is ready to be Commander-in-Chief.
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No strategy

Report 19 September 2008
The news this week highlighted the bankruptcy of the conservative economic approach. America’s economic power – which has direct and important implications on America’s international strength - eroded throughout the Bush administration, as tax cuts in the midst of two wars, out of control spending, and poor economic management resulted in spiraling budget deficits. Yet this week also once again highlighted the total lack of a conservative strategy to deal with foreign policy problems.
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Terrorism & National Security

A Bad Day for U.S. Counterterrorism Policy

Report 17 September 2008
After toppling the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bush administration shifted its focus to Iraq – a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 – instead of finishing the job. Today, we are still paying for this terrible strategic mistake. In Afghanistan, the situation continues to deteriorate as the American commander asks for 15,000 additional troops on top of the increases already planned for later this year.
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International Economy

America's Economic Power Wanes Due to Failed Conservative Approach

Report 15 September 2008
This weekend’s financial turmoil spotlights how, like America’s diplomatic and military power, American economic power has eroded over the last eight years. The U.S. financial system has again been pushed to the brink, as Lehman Brothers moved toward bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch was sold late last night to Bank of America. Fears of a worldwide sell-off appeared to be realized, as markets in Europe and Asia dropped sharply today. This financial crisis will have powerful consequences not just for Americans’ personal circumstances but also for our power and security as a nation.
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Russia

Palin’s Reckless Comments on National Security Call Into Question her and McCain’s Judgment

Report 12 September 2008
In Governor Sarah Palin’s first public comments on national security, she was unable to define her own party’s national security doctrine, suggested that war with Russia might be necessary, and repeated a long-debunked canard about Iraq’s connection to the 9-11 attacks – the kind of out of touch, reckless, cavalier approach to national security that has characterized the last eight years.
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Terrorism & National Security

Seven Years After 9/11 Bush Administration's Counter-Terrorism Policy Leaves Us Less Secure

Report 11 September 2008
Seven years after 9/11, the Bush administration still lacks a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy at home or abroad.
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Terrorism & National Security

A Day of Reflection

Report 11 September 2008
Military

McCain’s Claims on Military Spending Do Not Add Up

Report 10 September 2008
This week John McCain tried to make support for the Army’s Future Combat Systems program a litmus test for supporting our troops. Yet just two months ago McCain put forward a budget plan that explicitly proposed ending this and other Pentagon procurement programs.
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