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Stop the Myths, START Reality

Report 8 April 2010
Today in Prague, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev signed an historic new arms control treaty.  The New START agreement, which replaces the original 1991 agreement that expired in December 2009, is the most significant arms control agreement in nearly two decades as it reduces the amount of both countries' strategic warheads.  The treaty is part of the President's commitment to reduce that dangers posed by nuclear weapons to the world in order to advance American security in the 21st Century. 
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Diplomacy

Putting U.S. National Security on the Table in Middle East Peacemaking

Report 17 March 2010
For much of the past six months, the Obama administration has engaged in quiet, behind the scenes diplomacy with Israel and the Palestinians to try to get peace talks between them back on track.  This shift occurred after having spent much of 2009 putting public pressure on both of the parties to resolve the conflict.  In response to this shift however, and despite Vice President Biden's nearly week-long goodwill tour to Israel, the Netanyahu Government announced new settlement starts in order to cover its right flank within its coalition.  Though there are obvious policy differences between the Israeli government and the Obama administration, it does not change the urgency of reaching a peace agreement. Achieving a peace deal is a priority for America's national security leadership. 
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Energy

National Security is Not a Bunch of Hot Air

Report 15 March 2010
This weekend, Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO who is running for the Republican nomination in California's Senate race, mocked the incumbent, Senator Barbara Boxer for saying that climate change is a "very important national security threat"  -- by portraying her as a zeppelin flying over California.  While Fiorina may not agree with Senator Boxer, America's top national security experts and institutions do.  The Pentagon, the CIA, military leaders, and bipartisan leaders in the Senate - as well as Hewlett Packard, the company Fiorina led -agree that climate change and energy security are serious threats.
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Energy

Security More Important Than Politics on Climate and Energy

Report 9 March 2010

Today President Obama is meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss the issue of climate change and energy legislation.  Not only is comprehensive legislation essential to creating millions of American jobs and transitioning us towards a new clean energy economy, but bipartisan national security experts also agree that it is a critical national security priority. Such a move by the United States Congress is important for there to be sustainable progress - both domestically and internationally - on carbon reduction.  While such legislation would address many of the security concerns expressed by our nation's military and national security experts, extreme conservatives continue to ignore the warnings about this threat and instead insist on "doing nothing."  This is not how America will address the twin challenge of climate change and energy security.

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Terrorism & National Security

Fear, Failed Policies Have Not Made America Safer

Report 20 April 2009
This weekend conservatives renewed their efforts to defend the failed legacy of the Bush era and sow public fear to undermine the new Administration. 
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International Economy

International Implications of a Domestic Progressive Agenda

Report 24 February 2009
Tonight President Obama will deliver an address to Congress, where he is expected to highlight his domestic agenda. But the world is watching this speech every bit as much as one on national security.
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National Security Expert Speaking at FSU Today

News Tallahassee Democrat 19 February 2009
International Economy

Global Economic Crisis is the Greatest Threat

Report 13 February 2009
Yesterday, the new Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, warned that “the primary near-term security concern of the United States is the global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications.” While Al Qaeda remains the most direct threat to the physical security of the United States, the geopolitical ramifications of the global economic crisis are truly startling. The interconnected nature of the global economy has meant that the current crisis has affected all regions of the world.
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A Progressive Domestic Policy is Vital for America’s Security

Report 18 December 2008
This morning, President Bush outlined his domestic legacy during a forum at the American Enterprise Institute. For more than two centuries, much of America's power and influence abroad has come from its domestic strength, specifically the vibrancy of its economy and the respect other countries had for its values. The Bush administration leaves a legacy at home that has greatly weakened US economic competitiveness and moral authority abroad.
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Obama’s National Security Team Demonstrates Broad Consensus on a Progressive Foreign Policy

Report 1 December 2008
Today, President-elect Obama introduced an impressive national security team today that includes independents, Republicans and Democrats.  This diverse team shares commitment to the President-elect’s foreign policy principles, and to the agenda first laid out by President-Elect Obama and progressives during the campaign.
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