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Mitt Romney's First Campaign Speech Against Obama

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Romney's cynical speech today showed the extent to which the GOP sees America as the righteous redeemer, one that only needs to increase defense spending in order to save the rest of the globe.

Jason Linkins

Obama Vs. Cheney: How The Pundits Called The Fight | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Well, we hope everyone enjoyed today's foreign policy showdown! Because that's what it was, apparently! At least that's what the media's been saying...

Obama Speech Will Defend Dismantling Bush-Era Detainee Policies

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama will attempt today to answer critics of his dismantling of Bush-era policies on detention and interrogation, in a speech reminding Ame...

Sam Stein

Obama Huddles With Human Rights Groups Before Security Speech | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Under heavy criticism for a series of decisions on national security that resembled, for some, those of the Bush years, President Barack Obama hosted ...

Who Do You Despise More, Dick or Liz?

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

The Cheneys are seeking to lay the groundwork for a "Who Lost America?" debate should there be another terrorist attack during the Obama presidency.

GOP Pollster: Our National Security Attacks On Obama Make Us Look "Irrelevant"

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A high-profile and well-respected GOP pollster is strongly criticizing the new effort by the GOP Congressional leadership to revive the party's nation...

Dirty Nuclear Business

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joe Cirincione

A foiled plot in Ukraine shows the gaping holes in efforts to contain deadly radioactive materials that could be used in dirty bombs. It is time to crack down on this trade. Obama needs to push his plan now.

Sam Stein

Cheney Vs. Obama: Americans Overwhelmingly Disagree With Former VP | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dick Cheney finds himself, once more, on the wrong side of polling data. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll asked respondents whether they agree...

Sam Stein

McCain: "Too Early" To Conclude Whether Obama Has Made Us Less Safe | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In what was billed as the first ever "twitter-view" - an interview over twitter - Sen. John McCain said it was "too early" to conclude, as former Vice...

Changing How We Address Global And National Security

Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual and Stephen Stedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual and Stephen Stedman

A profound but underappreciated truth about globalization is the extent to which national security and international security have become inseparably linked.

China Matters, Open Letter to the President

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

Dear Mr. President: I find myself compelled to write this letter as there seems to be a significant disconnect in the White House interagency coordin...

Applying the "Obama Model" for Homeland Security

Arnold Bogis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arnold Bogis

To improve homeland security, the administration must reach out to citizens and provide real education about the threats they face.

Defense Budget '09: Still Fighting the Soviets, or Preventing Genocide?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

We have to do something about our current situation. We're spending more and more on defense and purchasing less and less security for it.

Beyond the Battlefield: Obama Cabinet Takes on Human Security

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

It is increasingly apparent that conventional approaches of military and national defense are not enough to ensure the safety of the people and the state.

The Obama "Betrayal" Narrative Takes Shape

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The fear is that Obama, bending to pressure from the military-industrial complex, might "re-brand" the Iraq war.

Obama's National Security Team

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Bacon

It's clear that Obama and his team see partnerships as a pragmatic and effective way to boost and extend America's influence.

Obama's National Security Adviser Interviewed On Energy Policy (VIDEO)

BigThink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BigThink interviewed President-elect Obama's National Security Adviser, Ret. Gen. James Jones. What principles guide your energy plan? Well, we thin...

Obama's Uninspiring National Security Team

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Obama's familiar-looking team of national security fixer-uppers does not inspire confidence. Nor do his vague answers to detailed questions on specific policies.

It's Not Hillary, It's the Policy Stupid!

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Obama should declare that seeking regime change in Iran is no longer the policy of the U.S. and initiate diplomatic contacts with the Iranian government immediately without preconditions.

Real Change Is Afoot: Obama Shifts Political Center with National Security Selections

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Warren

For all Monday's talk of power, and successfully ending the "war on terror" in Afghanistan, the significance was less the obvious signals of being "muscular" than of an attempt to be flexible and, yes, multilateralist.

Afghan Strategy Poses Stiff Challenge For Obama

New York Times | MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON - One of the most difficult challenges President-elect Barack Obama's national security team faces is Mr. Obama's vow to send thousands of ...

A Progressive Case for Gates

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

In keeping Gates, Obama is actually indicating that he is very serious about instituting significant reform of the Pentagon.

Our Dear Leader

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Lots of folks are expressing concern over Barack Obama's appointments, and in my new newspaper column I offer three separate thoughts on the worries: ...

Thanksgiving Text Messages from Captives at Taj Provided More Reasons to Give Thanks

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Two of my wife's constituents had been holed up in their hotel room at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. They had been there for over a day avoiding the terrorist gunmen that still stalked its corridors.

Pentagon Brass Impressed With Obama, Hopeful He Won't Be Like Bush

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went unarmed into his first meeting with the new commander in chief -- no aides, no Po...