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Bush's Overseas Policies Begin Resembling Obama's

News Washington Post 15 September 2008
Russia

Palin’s Reckless Comments on National Security Call Into Question her and McCain’s Judgment

Report 12 September 2008
In Governor Sarah Palin’s first public comments on national security, she was unable to define her own party’s national security doctrine, suggested that war with Russia might be necessary, and repeated a long-debunked canard about Iraq’s connection to the 9-11 attacks – the kind of out of touch, reckless, cavalier approach to national security that has characterized the last eight years.
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Terrorism & National Security

Seven Years After 9/11 Bush Administration's Counter-Terrorism Policy Leaves Us Less Secure

Report 11 September 2008
Seven years after 9/11, the Bush administration still lacks a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy at home or abroad.
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Iraq

A Shift That’s Too Little Too Late

Report 9 September 2008
The President’s announcement today that the U.S. will begin a modest redeployment of American forces from Iraq to Afghanistan – a recommendation progressives have been advocating for years – is a welcome shift. But the redeployment is so modest and will take so long to arrive that, effectively, the President remains fixated on Iraq - regardless of the larger implications for U.S. national security.
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Russia

Bush’s Russia Policy in Tatters

Report 8 September 2008
Seven years after he looked into Vladimir Putin’s soul, President Bush’s Russia policy is in tatters. Weeks after a ceasefire the, U.S. and its allies have been unable to dislodge Russia from Georgia and questions remain over the Bush administration’s unquestioning support for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
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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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Pakistan

Pakistan on the Brink

Report 25 August 2008
Pakistan’s fragile, democratically-elected coalition government drew closer to collapse today, as one of the main parties withdrew. As Pakistan also experienced one of the worst suicide attacks in its history, the coalition was challenged to reject a Taliban ceasefire offer and instead ban the group – a possible sign of progress against terror but a certain harbinger of more violence.
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Military

A Really Bad Couple of Weeks for Pax Americana

News Inter Press Service 23 August 2008
Iraq

After Year and Half Situation Tenuous In Iraq Due to Lack of Progress in Political Reconciliation

Report 21 August 2008
In his last days commanding U.S. forces in Iraq, General Petraeus issued words of caution – the security gains that had been achieved were “tenuous.” The increase in U.S. forces played an important role in creating the decrease in violence, but during this time almost no progress has been made on political reconciliation.
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Pakistan

Crises Cast Doubt on Bush's Strategy

News Christian Science Monitor 20 August 2008