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A Commitment Strategy for Afghanistan

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

The president will put forward his decision on Afghanistan soon. It will involve a troop increase. If progressives stay in full opposition mode, they will exist on the margin of the debate.

The War Over Words: Why Google's New Approach to China Should Be the Only Approach

Josh Schrei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Schrei

While I applaud Google for their brave decision, their "discomfort" around having to censor should have been taken more seriously the first time around.

Note to Assignment Editor: Not Your Dad's National Security Establishment

Heather Hurlburt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Heather Hurlburt

If you care about the people of the United States being engaged in our foreign policy, then you need to care what the faces of the people who represent our foreign policy look like.

We are Getting our Country Back: March with Me!

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

All you protestors who want to do something, NOW is your chance. We are getting our country back! I have been beating a drum for a protest in Washington, D.C. on January 15 for quite some time.

On National Weatherization Day, a New Bunch of Skilled Denver Workers Pioneer National Green Jobs Movement

Jamie Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jamie Starr

Once rolled out, the training program could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, reduce energy costs by $3.5 billion per year, and save 500 million barrels of oil annually.

Is Jim DeMint Right in More Ways Than One?

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Perhaps DeMint is correct when he says that Senators need to think a little bit longer before they decide whether to confirm Errol Southers as the best person to head the TSA.

Commander in Chief: Yes He Is

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

Obama and his team (and an increasing number of voices on Capitol Hill) know that, in today's world, security problems are beyond the purview of the military acting alone.

Security Could Be Obama's Downfall

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anushay Hossain

In the past few days the message which has been repeatedly reinforced in the minds of people, both in America and abroad, is that this Administration is not capable of handling security.

Congress Is Losing Its Chance to Reform the Patriot Act

Michael Macleod-Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Macleod-Ball

Tomorrow the debate continues over the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act, which includes minor tweaks to the Patriot Act but does not go nearly far enough to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans.

Global Security: On the Ground in Copenhagen

Jonathan Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Powers

We are here to call for a strong international agreement to secure both our national and global security. We came to Copenhagen to help America once again establish itself as a country that "leads by example."

Biodiversity Remakes Tokyo

Jared Braiterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jared Braiterman

The Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference addresses unparalleled environmental crisis and the need to transform our relationship with nature. Many p...

Nat. Security Advisor Jim Jones Makes Secret Trip To Pakistan | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Only hours before President Obama took off for Asia on Thursday, his national-security adviser landed in Pakistan on an unannounced trip to meet with ...

Profiling Is Back!

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

If airport profiling has been tried twice and failed, without contributing to making the country more secure, then why is it being re-instituted once again?

Road to Copenhagen - Part 2: Risky Business

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Public officials tend to be risk-averse in matters with potential political consequences; now they must become risk-savvy. Here are 10 ideas on how to make that happen.

The End of Al-Qaeda

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shadi Hamid

Republicans, by encouraging hysteria over the terrorist threat, are making the threat of terrorism that much more salient. In the coming weeks, it will be worth remembering Al-Qaeda's formula: small acts for big effect.

Wait! First A Good Argument About Afghanistan

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Nusbaumer

Recently I spent 5 months in Afghanistan, studying the country up close, going all around the country and writing about the conflict. If I'm confused, how about average Americans?

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution is a Matter of National Security

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Full-body scans are like your first visit to a nude beach. Or Barack Obama's first year in office: unreasonably high expectations dashed by dumpy, lumpy pedestrian reality.

Memo to Bill Maher: Young People Understand the Climate Change Stakes

Eric Greenberg and Karl Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eric Greenberg and Karl Weber

Hey, Bill Maher -- at least when it comes to global warming, the kids are all right. It's the oldsters we have to worry about.

Stephen Colbert's Secret Plan to Defend America

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Stephen Colbert's plan to string a microscopically thin razor along our entire border is brutal, indiscriminate, dangerous... and smarter than the nuclear defense we now have.

Afghan Policy Remains in the Dark Ages

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

For our part, it is time to shift America's focus away from a power that peddles so many deadly weapons to one that fosters economic growth, entrepreneurial ventures and positive creativity.

Promises Unkept: Obama Administration and a Unified Security Budget

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

While the president has made some strides toward curbing waste, fraud and abuse in Pentagon contracting, he has yet to change the crucial balance between military and non-military security spending.

It Is Our Moral Responsibility to Help Haiti -- And it's In America's Interest

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The world economy is not a zero-sum game. For us to be richer, someone else doesn't have to be poorer, and helping countries like Haiti escape poverty is about our own national security.

What Obama Is Up Against

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

We Americans harbor a quaint belief that a new president takes charge of a government that eagerly awaits his next command. But that's not how things work at the top, especially where "national security" is concerned.

Why Racial Profiling Makes for Dumb Security

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ahmed Rehab

The racial profiling argument is lazy and unimaginative. Most of all it is irresponsible because it evades the real problem starring us in the face regarding a fatal breakdown in communication.

Lula's Red Carpet Welcome for Ahmadinejad

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Why, with so much going for him and his country, should the president of Brazil make such controversial choices in his friends? The logic of the relationship with Iran is perplexing.