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Misleading from South Carolina

Report 14 November 2011
As Republican candidates for president debated foreign policy in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) laid down lines of attack in the conservative National Review. Many of his attacks were echoed on Saturday by the candidates, who used the piece as a sort of playbook to fill in for a lack of experience and ideas in the field. Missing, in the debate and the article, was strategic thinking - China, for example, is mentioned only once in the piece, in relation to sanctions on Iran - as well as an understanding of the connection between the foundations of our strength at home and our power abroad. Also missing was awareness of how extreme conservative views clash with the advice of military leaders and nonpartisan national security experts. When Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), for example, was asked about her support for torture techniques that our military opposes, she said: "I'm on the same side as Vice President Cheney on this issue" and against Colin Powell and John McCain. Below, NSN explores how the topics covered in Graham's article stack up against expert advice. Graham's words are in italics.
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Iraq

Bush's Wrong Lessons From a War He Avoided Fighting

Press Release Washington, DC 22 August 2007
Today, experts from the National Security Network weighed in on the President’s misrepresentation of the historical lessons of Vietnam.
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Iraq

Iraq Generals to President: You've Failed Us

Press Release Washington, DC 1 May 2007
Today, Generals Eaton and Batiste, who led troops in Iraq, expressed outrage at the President's veto of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans, Health, and Iraq Accountability Act.
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Iraq

Flag Officers Applaud Congressional Action on Iraq

Press Release Washington, DC 24 April 2007
Senior flag officers today commented on the Iraq supplemental conference report pending passage in the House and Senate.
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Military

President Bush is Going Against the Advice of Former Generals

Report 12 April 2007
This Administration has received an unprecedented level of criticism from former flag officers.
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