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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

McCain’s Foreign Policy - Where’s the Beef?

Report 7 October 2008
Throughout this campaign Senator McCain has failed to lay out concrete plans on some of the most important national security issues before the U.S. McCain has either adopted an incoherent approach, such as with Iran, where he will attack his opponent’s position in one sentence and then agree with it in the next, or replaced policy proposals with empty platitudes about “not surrendering” and achieving “victory” in reference to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Iran

Bush Administration's Direct Talks with Syria Further Proof that Not Talking Doesn't Work

Report 1 October 2008
After initially refusing to deal with Syria, Iran and North Korea, the Bush administration has completely reversed course on its “not talking to our enemies” policy. The McCain campaign has suggested that engaging in diplomacy with Syria would be naïve. However, a consensus has emerged among the foreign policy community that the McCain approach is unworkable, and that only Obama’s strategy stands a chance of succeeding.
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McCain’s Troubling Debate Performance

Report 29 September 2008
During last Friday’s Presidential debate, John McCain raised many doubts about his foreign policy aptitude. Not only did McCain commit factual gaffes, but he seemingly confused or shifted his position on Iran, as well as demonstrated a failure to understand the strategic implications of his reckless rhetoric.
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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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Iran

Time for a New Approch Toward Iran

Report 23 September 2008
Today Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak before the U.N. General Assembly. For years Iran’s leader has brandished hate-filled language that fully deserves the world’s condemnation. But President Bush and his allies, like John McCain, have used this as an excuse to continue a failed approach based on hollow saber rattling that has done nothing to constrain Iran’s nuclear development and its growing regional influence.
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A Serious Foreign Policy Gaffe

Report 18 September 2008
John McCain last night refused to say whether he would invite Spain’s Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to the White House. The interview - conducted in English and translated into Spanish – was with the Florida affiliate of Spain’s Union Radio. In the interview McCain appeared to have no idea who Prime Minister Zapatero was, apparently assuming he was a Latin American leader who might or might not be a friend of the United States.
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Terrorism & National Security

A Day of Reflection

Report 11 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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