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Focus on the Greatest Danger

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Al Qaeda’s strength in remote areas of Pakistan forms the greatest threat to America’s security today.  But the Bush Administration has put its priority on Iraq, taking its eye off the ball, and allowing Al Qaeda to regroup and plot against the U.S. Instead of finding Bin Laden, or building a reliable ally in a volatile region, the U.S. pursued a one-dimensional policy focused on General Musharraf and poured billions of unaccountable, unmonitored military assistance dollars into the country.  We must shift our strategy to support Pakistan’s people, not just its military ruler, and help show that democracy and development can go together with effective counter-terrorism.
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A New Approach to Pakistan

Press Release Washington, D.C. 18 November 2008
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New National Intelligence Estimate: Pakistan "On the Edge"

Report 15 October 2008
A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) concludes that Pakistan is “on the edge” and that the situation there is “very bleak.” The Pakistan NIE confirms that Al Qaeda has found a safe haven along the border with Afghanistan and says that the Pakistani government is too weak and divided to take effective action. This rebuffs the past approach advocated by President Bush and supported by Senator McCain. Led by Senator Biden, Progressives have put forth a comprehensive plan that seeks to address the terrorist threat, strengthen Pakistani democracy, and promote economic development.
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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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Crises Cast Doubt on Bush's Strategy

News Christian Science Monitor 20 August 2008
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U.S.: Pakistan, not Musharraf, is Ally

News Chicago Tribune 19 August 2008
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Bush’s Musharraf Policy Comes to a Failed Conclusion

Report 18 August 2008
In another stinging blow to the Bush administration, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf resigned from office today. It has been a disastrous ten days for the Bush administration, which has seen the complete collapse of its Russia policy and now the failed end of its Pakistan policy.
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U.S. Has Evidence Linking Pakistan’s ISI to Bombing in Afghanistan, 8/1/08

Report 1 August 2008
In troubling news, U.S. intelligence officials have presented evidence to the Pakistani government linking their intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to the July bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul Afghanistan.
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Dealing with Pakistan

Report 30 July 2008
Events in Pakistan along the Pak-Afghan border continue to remind us that the terrorist safe haven in that border area represents the greatest direct threat to the U.S. homeland. The Bush administration has increasingly put pressure on the Pakistani government to do more to address this threat. Unfortunately, after giving the Musharraf government a blank check for six years the new government and the Pakistani people are less inclined to be responsive.
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Bush Administration Shifts Aid To Pakistan With No Counterterrorism Strategy in Sight

Report 24 July 2008
The Bush administration has agreed to shift aid for counterterrorism purposes to help Pakistan upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighters. This announcement flies in the face of the Biden-Lugar plan to condition military assistance to Pakistan and confirms that the Bush administration lacks a comprehensive strategy to deal with the tribal regions of Pakistan.
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The Progressive Approach: Pakistan

Report 13 May 2008
Al Qaeda’s strength in remote areas of Pakistan forms the greatest threat to America’s security today.  But the Bush Administration has put its priority on Iraq, taking its eye off the ball, and allowing Al Qaeda to regroup and plot against the U.S. Instead of finding Bin Laden, or building a reliable ally in a volatile region, the U.S. pursued a one-dimensional policy focused on General Musharraf and poured billions of unaccountable, unmonitored military assistance dollars into the country.  We must shift our strategy to support Pakistan’s people, not just its military ruler, and help show that democracy and development can go together with effective counter-terrorism.
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