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Bush Iraq Decision: A Shift That's Too Little Too Late

Press Release Washington, D.C. 9 September 2008

Real Challenges, N0 Solutions

Report 5 September 2008
This morning we learned that the unemployment rate has jumped to its highest level in years and that commanders in Iraq have decided to suspend troop withdrawals due to the lack of Iraqi political progress. Yet Senator McCain’s speech closing the Republican convention was completely devoid of solutions to these or other vital issues.
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McCain Has an Extreme Neoconservative Foreign Policy Record and Outlook

Report 4 September 2008
While Sen. McCain has claimed his foreign policy experience as one of his greatest attributes, his actual record demonstrates a history of poor judgment and reckless rhetoric. The Republicans have spent the entire week trying to resurrect McCain’s image as a critic of the Bush administration, but his record shows that on issue after issue McCain was in perfect alignment with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.
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Iraq

The Hard Part – Integrating the Sons of Iraq

Report 2 September 2008
Iraq is entering a pivotal period. With little political reconciliation between Sunnis and Shia since the surge began a year and a half ago, the U.S. has now begun to transfer authority over the predominately Sunni Anbar province to the Shia-dominated Iraqi government. While conservatives have prematurely declared victory in Iraq, progressives have consistently warned that political reconciliation and the establishment of the Iraqi government will be the hard part.
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Events This Week Demonstrate Wisdom of Progressive National Security Policy

Report 29 August 2008
This week, events around the world confirmed many of the arguments that progressives have long been making about foreign policy. These are all positions that progressives have held for years– positions that the Bush administration chose to ignore.
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Afghanistan

Military Leaders Reaffirm Need to Shift from Iraq to Afghanistan

Report 28 August 2008
Yesterday Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. James Conway, reaffirmed the fact that we need to focus more aggressively on Afghanistan instead of Iraq saying that “the economy of force is not necessarily working.” Conway is just the latest in a long line of senior military officials who have taken this position, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mullen.
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Military

Election 2008: Democrats and National Security

News Washington Post 27 August 2008
Iraq

Another Week That Demonstrated the Bankruptcy of Conservative Foreign Policy

Report 22 August 2008
It may not have seemed possible for things to get any worse for the Bush administration after last week, when the world witnessed the full-circle collapse of the Bush’s personality-driven approach towards Putin’s Russia and Musharraf’s Pakistan. Yet not only did the extent of the President’s failed policy toward Pakistan and Russia become more clear, but the events of the week also demonstrated the bankruptcy of the conservative approach toward Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe.
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Iraq

After Year and Half Situation Tenuous In Iraq Due to Lack of Progress in Political Reconciliation

Report 21 August 2008
In his last days commanding U.S. forces in Iraq, General Petraeus issued words of caution – the security gains that had been achieved were “tenuous.” The increase in U.S. forces played an important role in creating the decrease in violence, but during this time almost no progress has been made on political reconciliation.
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