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Iran

McCain-Palin Iran Policy Will Hurt Americans at the Pump

Report 29 October 2008
Today, Governor Palin is giving a speech on energy policy and Iran, but her policy and that of John McCain’s are only likely to increase gas prices and lead to confrontation. President Bush’s reckless rhetoric on Iran has already created a security premium that energy analysts believe accounts for 10-30% of the price of oil. McCain’s policies and willingness to sing about bombing Iran promise more of the same. Moreover, McCain plans to continue Bush’s failed policies of refusing to talk to Iran and exclusively focusing on economic and military pressure.
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Iraq

McCain’s Reckless Incoherence on Syria

Report 28 October 2008
The Bush administration had no official comment concerning a clandestine attack by U.S. Special Operations forces into Syria. Senator Obama also refused to comment publicly on such a sensitive military operation. Yet the McCain campaign responded with a press release that argued that this operation would not have happened in an Obama administration and attacked Obama for advocating diplomatic engagement with Syria. McCain’s argument is not just reckless but incoherent.
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Iran

Former Bush Administration Point Man on Iran Thinks We Should Talk to Our Enemies

Report 27 October 2008
Nick Burns, the former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and highest ranking career diplomat in the Bush administration from 2004-2007, has become the latest foreign policy expert to oppose McCain’s refusal to talk with our enemies. After eight years of reckless foreign policy and ineffective diplomacy, the American public is looking for someone who acts smart instead of just talking tough.
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Iran

Former Bush Point Man on Iran Calls McCain's Approach Crude, Wrong

Press Release Washington, D.C. 27 October 2008

John McCain, Barack Obama Differ Dramatically on Foreign Policy

News The St. Louis Post-Dispatch 24 October 2008

Powell’s Endorsement Signals the End of the NeoCon Alliance with Pragmatic Conservatives

Report 20 October 2008
For the past thirty years, the Republican party’s foreign policy establishment has consisted of an uneasy alliance between Neoconservatives and pragmatists. The Iraq war put the alliance under great strain. The decision of Colin Powell, long a leader in the pragmatic conservative camp, to endorse Barack Obama is the strongest of recent signals that the alliance is broken for good.
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John McCain: A Fervent Supporter of Colin Powell

Press Release Washington, D.C. 19 October 2008
Iran

Near Consensus Emerging in Support of Diplomatic Engagement with Our Adversaries

Report 17 October 2008
One of the major fault lines in this election has been over the willingness to talk to our adversaries. Sen. Obama has stated he is prepared to diplomatically engage rogue regimes, while Sen. McCain has insisted on setting “pre-conditions” before any talks are able to occur. Peace is made through negotiations.
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Consensus Emerging on Diplomacy with Our Adversaries

Press Release Washington, D.C. 17 October 2008