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Out Bushing Bush Didn't Work for Gore or Kerry, Out McCaining McCain Won't Work For Obama Either

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's fist shaking on terrorism and national security and back flip votes on FISA won't do much to give him an edge in the battle against McCain.

Clark Was Right on McCain, But Now We're Talking About the Wrong Issue

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Go back and read Wes Clark's statement. He simply said that McCain's fate -- the act of having your plane shot down -- is not relevant to the skills of being an executive. Isn't that true?

Happy Oil Dependence Day

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It was always about the oil -- that's why "we" invaded Iraq -- only "we" aren't getting any, at least not at a reasonable price. The oil companies are.

Yes We Can Talk About McCain's Service

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Republicans have been twisting Wes Clark's mundane observation that McCain's experience "getting shot down" in a fighter plane is not a "qualification to be president."

Seth Colter Walls

Behind The Rise (And Fall) Of Gen. Clark's Veep Prospects | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Not so long ago, Gen. Wesley Clark was thought to be out of the running in Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential footrace. On June 10, the folks over ...

Memo to the Progressive Community on Iran

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

For the past eight years we have pursued an incoherent approach that fails to focus clearly on U.S. interests and does not effectively use all of the tools of power available.

Precedent George Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bush's term in office will be remembered for the precedents it set, particularly in relation to the presidential power, and the separation of powers between the three branches of U.S. government.

Another Incoherent Policy Proposal: McCain Calls for Expanding Ground Forces by 200,000!

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

This is another case of McCain having a completely contradictory and incoherent policy approach -- and this is the issue that he has most emphasized his knowledge and experience.

Seth Colter Walls

Feingold: Why Can't Dems Can Be Tough On Security And Civil Liberties? | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATED BELOW: Sens. Feingold and Chris Dodd have announced their intent to "oppose efforts to end debate" on the FISA bill headed to the Senate for c...

Charlie Black: Not Just Offensive, but Wrong

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

With support for Bush's approach to combating terrorism waning, the notion that another attack during a Republican presidency will help the Republican candidate borders on being downright bizarre.

How Gingrich/Giuliani Sabotaged Civic Debate

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Withing days of the Supreme Court's ruling on Guantanamo detainees, Gingrich and Giuliani pushed their way into the debate, and began to argue that liberal views on Habeas Corpus would kill Americans.

Obama's National Security Experts Meet In Washington

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allo...

McCain's Iraq Barack Attack Shows A Crack

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The media should be paying attention here, to more than just the first big skirmish of the putative general election, which reframed the foreign policy distinctions between the two candidates.

Politicians Play General, Generals Play Politics (Part 3)

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

We engage columnist Jeff Huber in a wide-ranging discussion that begins with his new novel, Bathtub Admirals.

Politicians Play General, Generals Play Politics (Part 2)

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

You may wonder why you should read a military spoof that's set during peacetime and not Iraq or Afghanistan -- but it reveals behavior that has been festering in the military for decades.

Seth Colter Walls

Gen. Clark: McCain Is "Untested And Untried" On National Security | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, Sen. Kent Conrad revealed that Sen. Barack Obama is including "former top military leaders" among the approximately two dozen names curren...

Petraeus Hearings --- More Obama than McCain?

Max Bergmann and Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann and Ilan Goldenberg

As the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, you'd think John McCain would show up. But instead he is in California campaigning and fundraising.

McCain Was in Favor of Talks with Syria, Despite Saying they Were "Sponsoring and Harboring Terrorists"

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain is directly contradicting himself by attacking Sen. Obama on his plan to confront Iran at the negotiating table.

Cheney's Compulsive Obsession with Iraq WMDs & Syrian Nukes

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

A source reported to me yesterday that in the last two weeks, Cheney held forth at a meeting on Iraq WMDs and insisted that they were real and still out there.

McCain Five Years Ago Today - Praised Rumsfeld, Bush, Conduct of War

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

A month after the war began, McCain was not the critic he claims he was -- he was in lockstep with the strategy and tactics that Bush employed in invading Iraq.

Subsidizing Corporate Crime and Rewarding Constitutional Abuses

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Controversial government programs are theoretically restrained by checks and balances, but neither Congress nor the courts have a way to check a secret program.

Pelosi: "The President Is Wrong And He Knows It"

Talking Points Memo | Paul Kiel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responding to the president's remarks this morning that the House bill will "undermine America's security": QUESTIO...

Obama: "Security Gap" Exists Between Rhetoric And Reality

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: John McCain's camp has responded to Obama, saying his speech fails "National Security 101". On McCain's Iran-Al-Qaeda flap: "To say that inv...

Thomas B. Edsall

Will The GOP Blindside The Democrats On Terror Issues? | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While many Democratic strategists are confident that the deteriorating economy virtually assures the victory of their presidential candidate on Novemb...

Congress Set For Showdown Over Destroyed CIA Tapes

ABC News | John Cochran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a closed door hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Congress plans to ask why the CIA destroyed tapes showing interrogations of suspected al-Qaeda opera...