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Terrorism & National Security

A Legacy that Takes Time to Undo

Report 13 January 2009
On his first day in office, President-elect Obama will announce that his administration will close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. His announcement represents a clear repudiation of President Bush’s approach to detention policies that have failed to bring terrorists to justice and have damaged the credibility of our justice system and our democracy in the eyes of the world.
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Afghanistan

A Comprehensive Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Report 12 January 2009
The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues to be dire.  This weekend saw the heaviest cross-border assault by the Taliban on Pakistani troops in months.  Meanwhile, the news regarding corruption, opium production and the security of supply routes into Afghanistan continues to be negative.  With the threat of an Al Qaeda safehaven on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and the danger of an unstable and nuclear Pakistan, this region will be one of the centers of attention of the next administration.
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The U.S. Must Engage in the Middle East Peace Process

Report 7 January 2009
News out of Gaza this morning seems to have taken a more hopeful turn with some progress toward an Egyptian-French plan that is being offered to generate a ceasefire – though the situation remains unclear. Moreover, Israel has declared a three hour a day truce to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza and Hamas officials are saying they will not fire rockets during those three hours.  There are some welcome indications that the Bush administration may be working with Egyptian and French negotiators behind the scenes, but the reality is that the US remains conspicuously absent.
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The U.S. Must Engage in the Middle East Peace Process

Press Release Washington, D.C. 7 January 2009

War in Gaza Exposes Failed Bush Legacy

Report 6 January 2009
As fighting erupted in Gaza over the last few weeks, the Bush administration was in a familiar place: on the sidelines.  As foreign leaders from around the world immersed themselves in the conflict, with at least three different shuttle diplomacy initiatives underway, the Bush administration was largely absent.
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Iraq

A Week that Confirms Bush’s Disastrous Legacy on Iraq

Report 19 December 2008
Events this week underline the real legacy of the Bush Administration's actions in Iraq: a country still tormented by bombings, a dysfunctional political system threatened by power plays and instability, and at home a troubling history of high-level executive branch misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the war.
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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Says His Post-9/11 Actions Prevented Further Terrorism

News The Washington Post 18 December 2008
Terrorism & National Security

"So What?" – The Failed Counterterrorism Policy of George W. Bush

Report 17 December 2008
Today, President Bush is giving a speech at the Army War College touting his legacy by arguing that there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. Vice President Cheney has echoed the same sentiments recently in an interview with ABC. Sadly, this argument ignores the obvious fact that the administration ignored warnings from terrorism experts such as Richard Clarke in the run up to 9/11 and did not make al Qaeda a top priority.
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Terrorism & National Security

"So What?" - The Failed Counterterrorism Policy of George W. Bush

Press Release Washington, D.C. 17 December 2008

Bush’s Trip a Reminder of a Failed Foreign Policy Legacy

Report 15 December 2008
Almost six years after an invasion that was supposed to spread democracy throughout the Middle East, more than 4,000 American troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, the American economy has absorbed approximately $1 trillion in costs, the Middle East has been destabilized and America’s image around the world has been sullied.
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