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Obama Reaches Out To Bush 41 Veteran Scowcroft For Advice

NBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic sources say that former Bush 41 National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is one of the people whom Barack Obama has been consulting about ...

What Zawahiri's Message Says About Obama and Al Qaeda

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

Al Qaeda's first message since the election demonstrates that they are genuinely concerned about an Obama presidency and views it as a strategic threat to its existence.

Why Obama Would Be Better on National Security than McCain

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven L. Spiegel

If Obama is far more likely to resolve the current crisis, which is widely accepted polls tell us, then he can provide a critical national security function which McCain cannot.

October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise.

Obama's Ideas on Foreign Policy Lack Luster

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

On foreign policy, Obama appears to have no new ideas. He is partially recycling his past eureka moments, while partially aping some of the Bush administration's recent successes.

Friday's Debate: Commander-in-Chief Test for McCain & Obama

Rand Beers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rand Beers

Sen. Obama must show that he can hold his own with the Senate veteran and that he is ready to be Commander-in-Chief. This debate matters more than most.

Obama, McCain on National Security and Nuclear Proliferation

Eliza Margarita Bates and Cara Zwerling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eliza Margarita Bates and Cara Zwerling

Where do Obama and McCain stand on these issues? To start, McCain, the nominee of what used to called the "small government party," wants to create two entirely new government organizations.

Why Did Obama Barely Mention Foreign Policy?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Yes, Obama is a better alternative than McCain, who seems hellbent on restoring a cold war with Russia, but he gives so few specifics that I question what he would do as commander in chief.

Joe Knows National Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

If George Bush had listened to Joe Biden instead of Donald Rumsfeld, the history of the past seven years would have been very different. We might have prevented 9/11.

Hot Flashes From The Campaign Trail: Convention Preparations

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

We drove to Denver yesterday to nose around and check out the convention arrangements. The good news is that the construction at the Pepsi Center appe...

President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible

Seth Swirsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Swirsky

Americans could only consider an Obama, because of the remarkable success of President Bush, through his decisive actions, in ratcheting down the fear Americans felt for many years after 9/11.

Obama's Vacation Assignment: Prepping to Make the Case that McCain Isn't "Ready to Lead" on National Security

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Voters trust McCain on the war on terror; Obama needs to show them every day why they shouldn't.

A Talk with Gail Collins on Obama

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

I am excited about Obama's project of building a new coalition based on finding rational common ground on controversial issues. The question is this: common ground with who?

Update: Sending Your Obama Money to Feingold

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

My interest is not to derail Obama's campaign from within, but to keep a place at the table for his activist base.

A Powerful, Easy Way to Tell Obama to Get FISA Right

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Imagine how inspired you would have been if, instead of turning and running, Obama interrupted his campaign schedule to lead the filibuster against the FISA legislation.

Coaching Up Obama Da Bears' Way

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

By backing off and sitting back, Obama has given the press a ready-made story line the Republicans are all to eager to exploit.

Obama, FISA and the Netroots

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

It is one thing for a presumptive nominee to adjust policy positions to reach out to constituencies he wants to bring in to his coalition. Warrantless wiretapping has no constituency.

Republicans' Bizarre Rediscovery of Osama bin Laden

Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Benen

Now that it's time for the general election, and the right is desperate to smear Barack Obama, the GOP has rediscovered OBL.

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.

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.

John McCain: Obama Unfit To Protect The United States

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Remember McCain's respectful campaign? He doesn't. McCain has all but declared a President Obama would be unfit to defend the United States from -- ...

Barack Obama and Soft Power

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

It is difficult to think of any single act that would do more to restore America's soft power than the election of Obama to the presidency.

Seth Colter Walls

How Obama Can Fight On National Security | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans clearly think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the chink in Sen. Barack Obama's national security armor. In its rapid response emails, the McCain ca...

Obama Doctrine And The Minds That Shape It

American Prospect | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama met in California for the Jan. 31 debate, their back-and-forth resembled their many previous encoun...

Clinton Camp: Obama Opposed The War, But What Has He Done Lately?

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Clinton camp has issued a memo criticizing Obama's work on national security issues at the beginning of this week's 5th anniversary of the Iraq Wa...