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Terrorism & National Security

Al-Qaeda Says It Wants Four More Years

Report 22 October 2008
Today, both the Associated Press and Washington Post report that Al-Qaeda-linked websites are celebrating the U.S. financial crisis and looking to the U.S. elections as a way to promote four more years of policies that work to Al-Qaeda’s advantage.
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Pakistan

New National Intelligence Estimate: Pakistan "On the Edge"

Report 15 October 2008
A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) concludes that Pakistan is “on the edge” and that the situation there is “very bleak.” The Pakistan NIE confirms that Al Qaeda has found a safe haven along the border with Afghanistan and says that the Pakistani government is too weak and divided to take effective action. This rebuffs the past approach advocated by President Bush and supported by Senator McCain. Led by Senator Biden, Progressives have put forth a comprehensive plan that seeks to address the terrorist threat, strengthen Pakistani democracy, and promote economic development.
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Afghanistan

Petraeus, McKiernan Rebuff McCain on Afghanistan

Report 2 October 2008
This week General McKiernan, the top commander in Afghanistan, and General David Petraeus made an obvious point: “Afghanistan is not Iraq.” Both insisted that the challenges in Afghanistan are very different than the ones in Iraq and therefore require a very different strategy and approach.
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Iraq

Sons of Iraq Transition Presents Major Challenges

Report 30 September 2008
Tomorrow marks a major milestone in Iraq as the Iraqi Government takes responsibility for paying and integrating large numbers of the Sons of Iraq (SOI) - the former Sunni insurgents who began aligning themselves with the U.S. in 2006 and were one of the main reasons for the reduction in violence. There are still significant tension between the Shi'a dominated central government and the SOIs; and, if the government does not continue to pay these fighters or integrate enough of them into the security forces, it could spell trouble.
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Iraq

Political Progress in Iraq Still Necessary

Report 26 September 2008
As the country’s focus has shifted to the economy, 140,000 American troops remain in Iraq and events there are not suspended. While violence has decreased dramatically in the past year and a half, Iraqi politicians have not taken advantage of the situation to come to the political compromises necessary to bring about stability.
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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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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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Terrorism & National Security

An Al Qaeda Offensive?

Report 22 September 2008
This weekend saw a major attack in Pakistan that killed at least 60 people including a number of Americans. Combined with last week’s attack against the American embassy in Yemen and earlier strikes this summer in Algeria, it is clear that seven years after 9/11 Al Qaeda’s networks are increasingly active. These events represent a failure of the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism policies.
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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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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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