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Pledge to America Fails National Security Test

(71) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 5:24 PM

This article was co-authored with Kyle Spector, Policy Advisor for Third Way

When Republicans unveiled their "Pledge to America," they gave the country a worrisome glimpse of how they would govern if voted back into the majority. The national security portion of their plan (buried away on page...

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Liz Cheney, It's Your Father's Fault

(10) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 11:03 AM

Last Monday, a federal judge ordered al Qaeda member Mohamedou Slahi released from Guantanamo Bay. In response, Liz Cheney's fear-mongering ultra-conservative group, Keep America Safe, tweeted "This is BAD." Liz is right. This is bad, and it's her father's fault.

Slahi was cited in the 9/11 Commission Report...

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Republicans: "We Abandon the Troops"

(17) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 10:28 AM

No one ever went broke betting on the hypocrisy of congressional Republicans.

For seven years, they blustered about how Democrats had failed to "support the troops in the field" by voting against appropriations to fund the war in Iraq. Now, almost all House Republicans have themselves voted against funding the...

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A Dual Track Strategy to Secure America's Interests in Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 1:41 PM

A Dual Track Strategy to Secure America's Interests in Afghanistan
By Scott Payne and Peter O'Brien

Numbers are antiseptic in war - it is anecdotes that tell the story. In Afghanistan, one vital part of that story is the brutality and depravity of our enemy. In a recent opinion...

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Fighting Myths in Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 4:22 PM

This is an Op-ed published in the Detroit Free Press on March 9, 2009 by Scott Payne and Aaron Bailey

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama and John McCain didn't agree on much, but they did see eye-to-eye on one thing: the U.S. need for a big troop increase...

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Trick or Treat: National Security as the October Surprise

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 2:28 PM

In the fall of 2004, a video hit the airwaves that brought back America's fear of terrorism and helped seal John Kerry's fate. No, not the Oct. 29th video released by Osama bin Laden. That hurt Kerry, but the thing that probably put George W. Bush back in the White...

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