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Keep America Afraid

Posted January 28, 2010 | 10:19:27 (EST)

Keep America Safe has yet another video meant to scare the American people, not provide the real facts on America's counterterrorism efforts. The ad calls President Obama's policies dangerous and provides a laundry list of political talking points that have no bearing on enhancing American security, but seeks to...

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"Enemy Combatant" Is an Enemy to Justice

Posted January 11, 2010 | 10:26:23 (EST)

It's been nearly 3 weeks since the underwear bomber tried to blow up Flight 253 and instead incinerated his own manhood. And while Abdulmutallab's self immolation thankfully failed to cause any mass casualties, it has inflamed the Republican hysteria that actually emboldens al Qaeda's central goal of inciting American...

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GOP Continues to Cower in Front of al Qaeda

Posted December 30, 2009 | 09:45:08 (EST)

Spencer Ackerman reports that despite Republican histrionics in the wake of failed Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Obama administration is still steadfast in its goal of closing Guantanamo. According to a senior administration official:


We are, as I suggested, going through this with a fine-tooth...

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Conservatives Terrified of Bringing Terrorists to Justice

Posted November 18, 2009 | 12:23:01 (EST)

As the Obama administration develops a comprehensive strategy and architecture to bring terrorists to justice, conservatives continue to politicize and fearmonger this critical national security issue. Whether its inane assertions that terrorists will kidnap Mayor Bloomberg's daughter, that Democrats may actually want another terrorist attack because they want to create...

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Mark Kirk's Gitmo Flip Flop

Posted November 16, 2009 | 16:29:30 (EST)

For the first time in 8 years, America is actually going to bring the 9/11 terrorists to justice. Whether transferring them to NYC for trial, or sending them to Illinois for possible detention, the Obama administration will hold terrorists accountable for their heinous act. It will also make America...

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Romney Never True to Thine Own Self

Posted September 24, 2009 | 16:24:12 (EST)

Well once again Mitt Romney has waded into, what for him, are the foreign shores of foreign policy. While addressing a neoconservative conference this week in Washington, Romney, according to reports, discussed a whole host of national security issues he has little to no experience with. Remember, this is the...

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Congressional Attempts to Undermine People of Iran, Obama Continue Unabated

Posted June 25, 2009 | 14:30:35 (EST)

Today, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad emerged after nearly a week of virtual silence with the following blustery and propagandist statement:

In a speech in the port town of Assaluyeh he said: "Do you want to speak [with Iran] with this tone? If that is your stance then what is left to...

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GOP Uses Iran Resolution to Slam Obama, Undermine Iranian People

Posted June 19, 2009 | 12:56:14 (EST)

Dave Weigel has a good round-up of the debate that just transpired on the House floor over Iran. No one should be surprised that while the language of the resolution is fairly innocuous, the GOP is going to use it as a wedge against the Administration, and utilize the...

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Mike Pence Undermines the Iranian People

Posted June 16, 2009 | 16:59:43 (EST)

Out of touch conservatives continue to fall off their rocker over the situation in Iran.

President Obama has made it explicitly clear that it would be counter-productive for the U.S. to intervene in the Iranian election and take sides in the political turmoil now roiling the nation. Indeed, even...

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World Does Not End as Gitmo Detainee Finally Brought to Face Justice

Posted June 9, 2009 | 15:21:34 (EST)

With the transfer to America soil of Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani, the Obama administration is doing something the Bush administration virtually failed to do for years: bring a dangerous terrorist to justice. For his role in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the evidence...

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On Guantanamo, The GOP Attacks Hard Working Americans

Posted May 7, 2009 | 13:03:11 (EST)

In an act of desperation, the GOP has settled on attacking President Obama and the Democrats for closing Guantanamo because none of their other political tactics have worked. It's clear that they want to be the party of national security, but both polls and electoral reality (2006 and...

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The Economically Bipolar Generation

Posted December 2, 2008 | 10:08:36 (EST)

In accordance with our over-medicalized, over-psychoanalyzed, overdiagnosed society, it's pretty clear that my generation (Gen Y, the millenials) has suffered from some pretty severe financial trauma. We've been savaged in rapid succession with the one-two punch of decadent irrational exuberance and systematic economic collapse. History can already boast that these...

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Progressive National Security and the 2008 Election

Posted November 7, 2008 | 09:05:40 (EST)

Every four years, the American people reevaluate the direction of the country, on the policies and political leaders we want to lead the nation. This election came at a time when our country is fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is struggling to eliminate Al Qaeda's safe haven in...

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Eric Robert Rudolph vs. William Ayers

Posted October 24, 2008 | 12:53:18 (EST)

Sarah Palin's contradictory and nonsensical answer on what constitutes a terrorist is being thoroughly fisked online. Her claim that William Ayers is a terrorist but an abortion clinic bomber is not leaves a lot to be desired intellectually, which begs an important follow-up: what would her view of...

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McCain Not Fit for Transition, Let Alone Presidency

Posted October 9, 2008 | 12:04:05 (EST)

Sam Stein's examination of Barack Obama's and John McCain's transition plans is an intriguing window into both campaigns. It's critical to remember that this has nothing to do with presumptuousness about being elected president on November 4 and everything about the smooth transition between administrations. More importantly, having a...

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Lost in McSpace

Posted October 6, 2008 | 17:08:06 (EST)

While John McCain is an ardent advocate of expanding American exploration of space, and earlier this year released a point-by-point policy breakdown of what a McCain administration's space policy would look like, he wants to effectively kill NASA.

Arguably, his space policy outline was more comprehensive than anything...

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Why Style Matters on a Debate and International Stage

Posted October 3, 2008 | 01:44:18 (EST)

The majority of post debate fodder is always about style, character, and general personal approach. And while it might seem trite for pundits to criticize Biden for being too Washingtonian and Senatorial and Palin for appearing too amateurish and careless, while lauding Biden for being specific and careful with his...

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John Quixote

Posted September 26, 2008 | 11:56:26 (EST)

He's a maverick on a mule, riding in to fight the evil windmills of partisanship. Everywhere he looks are the sabotaging special interests, rogue enemies with Russian accents, political giants attacking the character and motives of a wooden war hero. At first you acknowledge his resilience, admire his persistence, laugh...

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Commonplace of the Absurd Reality

Posted August 15, 2008 | 12:21:59 (EST)

Sometimes, rhetorical posturing in times of crisis reaches the apex of absurdity, especially when it involves the Russians:

The Obama angle is getting wide play. It was aired on Wednesday by Sergei Markov, a senior political scientist who is close to Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister and power behind...
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Depends on What the Meaning of the Word 'Is' (Surge) Is

Posted July 24, 2008 | 12:49:57 (EST)

What strikes me as most appalling about John McCain's recent quotes on the surge is how he is trying to manipulate language. And not in any elegant manner. He is essentially attempting to muddy the waters, redefine what up till now has been a very clear set of events with...

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