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Correcting Bush's Revision of History

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Seven years later, it continues to elude many that President Bush had the responsibility to protect the country from attacks like 9/11. Still, Republicans tout their national security heroics.

Dialing Back Dick: It's Time to Look Back and Scale Back the Enhanced Powers of the Bush Oval Office

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Now that we have a Democrat President and Congress, perhaps it is time to show proof to the American people about just how effective Bush tactics really were in keeping us safe.

Speaking Truth to Intelligence

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Cleaning out our stable of intelligence officials is a Herculean task. We are lucky to have men like Dennis Blair and Leon Panetta willing to sacrifice for the good of the nation.

Joe Biden's CODEL to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Working All the Angles. . .Like He Should!

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Biden's bipartisan trip of national security heavyweights in the US Senate is an important step in reestablishing some trust and common purpose in US foreign policy across party lines.

Regarding Panetta: Let's Not Forget About Gates

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.

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.

Protecting the President: Lessons Learned?

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

The woman was Sara Jane Moore. There were two significant Secret-Service-related reasons that she was free to stand on that sidewalk that afternoon, gun in hand.

Obama's NSA Advisor Likes: Clean Coal, Nuclear, Long Walks On Beach (With Drilling Apparatus)

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

For a lot of the folks who voted for Barack Obama, promoting "national security" means weaning ourselves from dirty fuel sources. For the man Obama...

Why Pastor Rick Warren Was the Wright Move

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

As it stands, we've got a president-elect who is putting Rev. Jeremiah Wright behind him for good so he can deliver on some campaign promises. Stay tuned... And keep the faith.

Secretary of Defense Tolstoy

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frankie Sturm

Leo Tolstoy was always a dark horse candidate for Secretary of Defense. For starters, the Senate would never confirm a dead Russian to such a critical...

Right-Wing Fear Machine

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

2008-12-15-radiological.jpgThis video comes courtesy of the unabashed hawks at the right-wing Heritage Foundation. Watch it for yourself, but you might want to put the kids to bed first.

Friday Talking Points [58] -- [Expletive Deleted] Blagojevich

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The history of profanity in American political discourse is an untold story out there just waiting for someone to research and write about -- although...

Time for global civil disobedience?: Five things to Advance the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kumi Naidoo

Today is day of celebration for the progress we have made in the 60 years since the Declaration was signed. However, the litany of abuses does not afford us a second of self-congratulation.

The 'Bush Legacy Project' Rewrites Reality

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

"At least Bush kept us safe" is just the latest lie being passed by the Bush administration and their hacks.

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.

Top Intelligence Picks a No-Win for Obama

Tim Shorrock and Frank Naif | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Shorrock and Frank Naif

The Obama transition team's highly anticipated announcement of its new national security lineup has telling omissions: there's no Director of National Intelligence or CIA Director.

Will Barack Obama Think Twice about Afghanistan?

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen C. Rose

If Michael Gordon's New York Times report is indicative, the window for a real debate leading to alternatives to an extended military event in Afghanistan (and Pakistan) is only open a crack.

Will Obama Stay the Course?

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

If there is a grand arc to Obama's appointments strategy, it seems aimed at providing the appearance of continuity on the part of a leader who still promises to be very different.

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.

Debate Some Doctrine

Adam Elkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Elkus

If Barack Obama wants to truly improve American national security, he should encourage a wide-ranging -- and public -- debate over military doctrine and strategy.

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.

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.

Confirmed: Clinton In Chicago To Be Nominated for Secretary of State

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

What HRC can bring to the world stage is monumental and something only she can do, especially given her work across many years on women's rights alone.

Wake Up, World! We are Fighting Two Wars Against Al Qaida

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Gilfillan

As long as Indian troops are patrolling lands where Muslim insurgents exist and elicit government responses that ostracize the Muslim public and moderates, there will continue to be attacks on Indian soil. Period.

Throwing Out the Bathwater, but Keeping the Baby

Emma Belcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Belcher

Despite squandering widespread global sympathy and much-needed support for U.S. foreign policy since 9/11, the Bush administration's Proliferation Security Initiative has been a foreign-policy coup.