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GOP defense stance carries huge risk

September 21st, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Senate Republicans are on the clock.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to bring the 2011 defense authorization to the floor this week will reveal whether Republicans aim to block passage of a military spending bill for the first time in a half-century or whether they are going to put aside gridlock politics and let war-critical measures proceed.
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Focus on the Mission: Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

March 5th, 2010

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This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.

They serve in Iraq. They fight in Afghanistan. Their names are etched in marble at Arlington National Cemetery. And three out of four Americans believe they shouldn’t be forced to lie to serve the country for which they are prepared to die.

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The Right Way to Bring Terror Suspects to Justice

November 23rd, 2009

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Originally published in Roll Call.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was in high dudgeon last week when he demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder remember the lessons of the O.J. Simpson trial to illustrate the peril of trying the 9/11 conspirators in civilian court. Read the rest of this entry »

Iran a Hard Target to Penetrate

November 5th, 2009

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Originally published in the Washington Times.

It’s time to hit the pause button and cease the attacks on the intelligence community over its 2007 judgment that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program. The rush to declare the community guilty of sins ranging from incompetence to perfidy may serve the political purposes of some, but it only further weakens an already bruised relationship between the intelligence and policy communities.

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Call for Afghanistan exit is premature

October 5th, 2009

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Originally published in Politico.

American support for U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan has hovered around the 50 percent mark for many years now. While most Americans consistently believe the war in Afghanistan is winnable, roughly an equal number feel we are not succeeding. In recent months, with U.S. casualties rising and the Taliban making territorial gains to retake control of Afghanistan, American confidence in the mission has dropped further still, and calls for withdrawal — mostly from the left — are increasing.

Eight years have passed since the U.S. and its allies struck against Al Qaeda and the Taliban regime that provided it sanctuary. Americans are struggling to reconcile the length and costs of the war with results on the ground and, more fundamentally, to understand how our continued involvement serves our national security.

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