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Administration Agrees To Increase Forces in Afghanistan – But Will It Also Decrease Levels In Iraq?

Report 20 August 2008
The Bush Administration finds itself pinned by a dilemma of its own making: Yesterday the Bush administration approved the request from Gen. McKiernan for three additional brigades to shore up the beleaguered effort in Afghanistan, but it announced no corresponding withdrawals from Iraq, despite indications that it would not be possible to increase levels in Afghanistan without either reducing force levels in Iraq or once again increasing Army deployments from 12 to 15 months
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Terrorism & National Security

More Focus Must Be Placed On Fighting Terrorism

Report 19 August 2008
The bi-annual terrorism survey by the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy magazine shows that experts agree that more emphasis needs to be placed on fighting terrorism and that withdrawing from Iraq would help the U.S. in the fight against terrorism.
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Bush's Overseas Policies Begin Resembling Obama's

News The Washington Post 15 August 2008
Terrorism & National Security

AL QAEDA AND INSURGENT THREATS GROW AS TERRORISTS FLOCK FROM IRAQ TO THE FORGOTTEN FRONT

Report 14 August 2008
Reports indicate that violent extremists are shifting their focus from Iraq to the forgotten front in Afghanistan. Not only are foreign fighters pouring into the region by the hundreds, but many are veterans from Iraq who are now applying the skills and tactics they learned there to plan strikes against allied forces and orchestrate broader attacks on Western targets.
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Iraq

Iraqis in Exile

News The Washington Independent 13 August 2008
Iraq

NSN Daily Update: Bush Administration Appears to Be Moving Towards a Timeline. Why Won’t John McCain?

Report 8 August 2008
Reports out of Baghdad are that the Bush administration and the Iraqi Government are close to an agreement that would include a timetable for the withdrawal of American combat forces by the end of 2010. While close to the timetable proposed by Barack Obama, John McCain continues to cling to the idea of a permanent American presence in Iraq.
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Military

ACTION NEEDED TO ADDRESS IRAQ WAR’S “SIGNATURE INJURIES” – POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Report 4 August 2008
When the Bush administration invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, it anticipated short wars in which there would be no lengthy U.S. troop commitment. As a result, the administration never properly planned or prepared for the eventuality that tens of thousands of veterans would return home needing help. America’s veterans system is now under severe strain, especially when it comes to mental health, as experts say the two “signature injuries” of the Iraq War are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
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Iraq

More Political Progress in Iraq Is Necessary

Report 4 August 2008
This weekend Iraq’s leaders again failed to agree on a new provincial elections law, and a new wave of protests and bombings shook the region. It is a reminder that the reduction in violence we have seen recently is heavily predicated on political success.
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The Bush Administration's Intelligence Legacy

Report 1 August 2008
This week the Bush administration made a number of important reforms to the Intelligence Community (IC) that have long been supported and encouraged by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, intelligence experts, and Congress. However, these reforms come too late to reverse the Bush administration’s intelligence legacy of neglect, mismanagement and politicization. It is a legacy that has done great damage to our nation’s IC and made America less secure.
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Iraq

Bush Administration Likely To Adopt Timetable on Iraq in U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement

Report 31 July 2008
It appears increasingly clear that a status of forces agreement with Iraq will move toward policies long held by the Administration’s progressive critics. Specifically, the Administration has apparently acquiesced to the Iraqi government’s demand that a security agreement contain a flexible timetable for the withdrawal of US combat forces by 2010.
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