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Afghanistan

Conservatives Forget Legacy of Failure in Afghanistan

Report 8 December 2009
With General Stanley McChrystal and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry testifying before Congress on Afghanistan, and with Secretary Gates in Kabul on a surprise visit, it is worth remembering how the U.S. arrived at this juncture. An initial victory over the Taliban in 2001 was squandered, as the Bush administration, aided by the Rumsfeld Pentagon, drastically underestimated the commitment that would be needed to stabilize the country and lost al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora.  Now that the Obama administration has set out with a strategy that addresses this deterioration, it is vital that it learn from past missteps.  Going forward, it must maintain focus on its core objectives, with an eye toward accountability and continuous evaluation.
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Military

Building the Military We Need

Report 15 May 2009
In a tremendous departure from Rumsfeld, Secretary Gates’ first priority has been to ensure that the troops on the ground get all the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs.  Through his focus on the immediate challenges of the current wars, Gates hopes to rebalance the military, better positioning it to address both the conventional and irregular threats of the 21st century. 
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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

Military Publications Call on Rumsfeld to Resign

Report 29 January 2007
As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate powerful voices are calling on George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld to finally take some responsibility for the incompetent handling of the war.
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Iraq

"Changing Tactics" Is Not Enough. We Need a Change in Strategy

Report 29 January 2007
The time has come to change the course instead of stubbornly clinging to an Iraq policy that has not worked.
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