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Week Confirms an Undeniable Legacy of Failure

Report 12 December 2008
Despite attempts by the Bush administration to tout its legacy, it is very clear that President Bush is bequeathing his successor eight years of incompetence and failed policies that have left America significantly weaker.
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This Week Confirms an Undeniable Legacy of Failure

Press Release Washington, D.C. 12 December 2008
Terrorism & National Security

Bush Detainee Policy in Disarray

Report 10 December 2008
After seven years of the “War on Terror,” the administration’s military commissions system has managed only to convict three low-level al Qaeda functionaries, two of whom have already been sent home. Now the military tribunals have become even more of a farce. This week it was revealed that the five defendants – including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the alleged mastermind of the 9-11 attacks – intended to plead guilty.
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Afghanistan

Bush Administration to Obama: Our Approach Failed, Pursue a Progressive Approach Toward Afghanistan and Pakistan

Report 8 December 2008
On Sunday the New York Times reported that the outgoing Bush Administration is preparing a review of its Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy for the incoming Obama Administration. The report’s three conclusions – making assistance to Pakistan conditional, adopting a broader regional approach, and elevating the importance of non-military efforts toward the region – constitute a rejection of the Bush Administration’s approach and embrace an alternative that progressive leaders and institutions have advocated for years.
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Pakistan

Terror Plagues an Entire Region

Report 5 December 2008
It has become increasingly clear that many of the terrorists involved in last week's Mumbai attacks came from Pakistan and belonged to the Kashmir-focused terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). While it seems unlikely that there was any official knowledge or connection between the Pakistani government and these specific attacks, Pakistan does bear significant responsibility.
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Terrorism & National Security

Neglecting a Preventable Threat

Report 4 December 2008
A new report from the bi-partisan Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism finds that not enough has been done, and without strong US action, a terrorist attack using WMD is “more likely than not” to occur within the next five years. The report points to Pakistan, with its possession of nuclear weapons, political instability, and the presence of Al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups, as a possible “unwitting source of a terrorist attack in the United States.”
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Terrorism & National Security

Hamdan Transfer: A Positive Step towards Ending a Failed System

Report 25 November 2008
Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration’s detention policies have failed to bring terrorists to justice while damaging the credibility of our justice system and our democracy in the eyes of the world.
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The Scourge of International Piracy

Report 19 November 2008
In recent months pirates have successfully pulled off a number of high profile hijackings off the Horn of Africa. The most dramatic recent incident involves the hijacking of a Saudi supertanker with 2 million barrels of oil. These activities represent a threat to the international system and could hamper trade, significantly raise shipping costs, and impact world oil prices.
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Iraq

Iraq Agreement Brings Us One Step Closer to Redeployment

Report 17 November 2008
Yesterday the Iraqi cabinet approved a security agreement that stipulates that the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq should take place by the end of 2011. This reflects a growing consensus that it is time for American forces to redeploy.
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