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Pledge to America Fails National Security Test

September 28th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on Huffington Post.

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 37 of the 45-page document) is full of small ideas that fail to address any of America’s immediate security challenges. Rather than prove they can govern, Republicans who adhere to the “Pledge” will fail the threshold question of American politics: Can you keep the country safe?

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Liz Cheney, It’s Your Father’s Fault

March 29th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on the Huffington Post.

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.

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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 »

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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Dems try to right the intel ship

July 15th, 2009

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Originally published in Politico.

When the story broke recently that the CIA had concealed a secret program from Congress for more than eight years, Republicans reacted with the predictable but laughable claim that Democrats were politicizing intelligence. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The real story here is the rank politicization of intelligence by Republicans, led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, and how Democrats have stepped in to clean up his mess.

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Republicans: “We Abandon the Troops”

June 18th, 2009

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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 war in Afghanistan. To be fair, they’ve come up with an iron-clad reason for their own decision to abandon the troops: the IMF.

That’s right, Republicans voted no on a $106 billion war funding bill because it also includes $5 billion assigned for the International Monetary Fund.

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