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The Obama Doctrine on Foreign Intervention and War
Summary of the Obama doctrine on foreign intervention and war, as spelled out in by President Obama in his approach to Libya intervention, dubbed Operation Odyssey Dawn by the U.S.

President Obama's Declaration of Libya Military Action
Text of President Obama's declaration of limited U.S. military action on Libya, delivered on March 18, 2011.

Iraq War Statistics & Results at January 31, 2012
Quick-reading statistics about the Iraq War, including spending, casualties, seriously wounded and more. Data is at January 31, 2012, except as indicated.

President Obama's Foreign Policy Agenda
Sets forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for foreign policies and plans under his administration during his first-term in the White House.

President Obama's Veterans Policy "Guiding Principles"
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for veterans policies and plans under his administration.

Afghanistan War News & Views Hub
Info, articles and provocative columns chronicling U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan War under President Obama.

Should the U.S. Withdraw from Iraq Immediately?
Readers share their thoughts about whether or not U.S. troops should withdraw from Iraq immediately, or wait to withdraw until the Iraqi government stabilizes and Iraqis are able to defend their own country.

DHS Director Janet Napolitano on Border Security, National Security
Text of DHS Director Janet Napolitano's remarks to the House Homeland Security Committee on Feb 25, 209 about border security, national security and other plans and goals for the Homeland Security Department.

President Obama Sets Iraq withdrawal Timetable
Full text of President Obama's landmark speech on Feb 27, 2009 setting a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, as well as announcing restoration of benefits for military personnel and their families.

Obama Campaign Promises: Ending the Iraq War
An overview of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan for ending the Iraq War, including bringing U.S. troops home, an aggressive diplomatic effort in the region, and the moral imperative for a humanitarian initiative for Iraqis.

Barack Obama's Stirring 2002 Speech Against the Iraq War
Senator Barack Obama (D-Il) delivered these passionate remarks opposing the Iraq War, in October 2002 at the Federal Plaza in Chicago...

The Iraq Study Group: The 79 Recommendations
On December 6, 2006, the Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State, and Lee H. Hamilton, a 34-year Congressman and 9/11 Commission member, issued its report, which included 79 specific recommendations. The following is the full text of ISG's 79 recommendations...

The 18 Benchmarks to Gauge "Success in Iraq"
A listing of the 18 benchmarks for "success in Iraq." The benchmarks were drafted by Iraqi leaders, and inserted into U.S. Congressional bill H.R. 2206, a supplemental Iraq War funding legislation which was passed by Congress in late May 2007.

Senator Barack Obama: The Lessons of the Iraq War
The eloquent and wise remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the lessons of the Iraq War, delivered on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

McCain , Bush Reject Education Benefits Bill for GIs
The new GI Bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Webb, was co-sponsored by 57 U.S. senators, including all Senate Democrats, both Independents and 10 Senate Republicans. But President Bush and Sen. John McCain opposed the bill as providing overly generous benefits to U.S. soldiers.

Iraq War News & Info Center
This Information Center chronicles the Iraq War, and the U.S. occupation of Iraq, via the most-read and most searched-for articles and statistics, columns and posts by Deborah White, About.com's Guide to Liberal Politics.

An American Palace in Iraq and Four Permanent US Bases
About the new US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone: it is/has the largest embassy in world history; the only building project in Iraq on-time and on-budget; a bomb-proof super-bunker; 21 buildings on 104 acres, the size of 80 football fields; and wired for state-of-the-art communications and surveillance. Congress was told that the cost is $592 million.....

Sen. Hillary Clinton's Plan to End the Iraq War
This is a quick-reading summary of Hillary Clinton's speech on July 10, 2007 in Iowa in which she laid out a detailed plan for the deployment of U.S. troops from Iraq, and to bring stability to Iraq and the region. This plan is a major departure from Sen. Clinton's past stances on the Iraq War, when she refused to commit to draw U.S. troops out of Iraq.

Liberalism 101: Democratic Party Agenda on National Security
The following is the Democratic Party agenda on national security. ""We will protect Americans at home and lead the world by telling the truth to our troops, our citizens and our allies... "

Text of Senate Resolution on Iraq War Policy
The following is the text of the Senate resolution introduced on January 17, 2007 by Senators Joe Biden, Carl Levin and Chuck Hagel that "it is not in the national interest of the United States to deepen its military involvement in Iraq, particularly by escalating the United States military force presence in Iraq."

Pelosi & Reid Say NO Troop Surge in Iraq
Senate Majority Leader Reid and Speaker of the House Pelosi sent a Jan 5, 2007 letter to President Bush, urging the President to begin phased redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq. The President is mulling a surge in U.S. troops, "a strategy that you have already tried and that has already failed" write Reid and Pelosi. The following is the text of the Reid/Pelosi letter.

Four Courses of Action Condemned by Iraq War Study Group
The Iraq War Study Group issued its 142-page final report, "The Way Forward: A New Approach," on December 6, 2006. In its Report, the IWSG thoughtfully crafted 79 sequential recommendations for U.S. forces in Iraq to "evolve to one of supporting the Iraqi army. "After in-depth study, the IWSG firmly ruled out 4 courses of U.S. action...

John Kerry's Famed 1971 Testimony to Congress on Vietnam
Following is the famed statement that John Kerry, then a decorated, 27 year old Navy veteran of Vietnam, made before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 23, 1971.

Iraq War Vote in 2002: Honoring Those Who Voted NAY
It's time we honored the members of Congress who voted in 2002 against the War in Iraq. The much-debated vote was taken on October 11, 2002. It passed the Senate by a vote of 77 to 23, and the House by a vote of 296 to 133. In the end, 156 members of Congress from 36 states had the info and wisdom to vote NAY. These discerning leaders should be reelected in 2006 and beyond.

The Failing US Report Card on 9/11 Commission Recommends
On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission, composed of four Republicans and four Democrats, issued its final report, accompanied by a summarized report card, on the status federal government implementation of its 41 basic recommendations to deter another catastrophic attack on the US homeland. This article presents that summarized "Final Report Card on 9/11 Commission Recommendations."

Full Text of Rep. John Murtha's Call to Leave Iraq
This presents the complete text of "War in Iraq," released on Nov 17, 2005 by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA), a long-time war hawk who has had a distinguished 37-year career in the US Marine Corps, retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990. He has been serving in Congress since 1974. Rep. Murtha calls for the US to immediately withdraw from Iraq.

Uncle Sam Guns for High School Student Recruits
Buried in Bush's No Child Left Behind Act was a mandate that all high schools must provide students' names, addresses and phone numbers to military recruiters. It also requires schools to allow the military the same campus access to students as given to college recruiters. In June 2005, the Pentagon began working to develop a database of personal information about every American age 16 to 18.

What Are the Downing Street Memos? What Does It All Mean?
In May 2005, confidential minutes of July 2002 meeting were leaked to the Times of London. The minutes recorded a meeting between Tony Blair and the head of British intelligence, and said that "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, justified by...terrorism and WMD" and "...the intelligence and facts were being fixed around policy." These memos may contain impeachable offenses by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

National Security Made Simple- Statistics at September 5, 2005
Easy-to-digest data on US National Security (Iraq, US military, North Korea, DArfur, oil politics, aid) was taken from many sources, including Department of Defense reports, Congressional hearings, Brookings Institute and more than a dozen top national newspapers. This info was released on September 6, 2005 by the Democratic Policy Committee, research arm of the Senate Democratic Leadership.

Bush Wants $82 Billion More for Iraq & Afghan Wars
Secretary of State Rice recently presented a Bush request for $82 billion for a 3rd year of US involvement in Iraq/Afghanistan. Included in the Bush plan is $658 million for a fortress-like US embassy in Baghdad, and 14 "enduring bases" designed for longterm encampment of US soldiers. Despite the lavish funds request, the Bush plan requests nothing for veterans of the Iraq & Afghan conflicts.

9/11 Report: Joint Congressional Inquiry
The Council on Foreign Relations provides this link to the "9/11 Report: Joint Congressional Inquiry," the joint report that criticizes the FBI and CIA for failing to detect and prevent the 9/11 attacks, and make several recommendations. Report under under the Homeland Security section on left.

US House Committee on Homeland Security - Democratic Office
Home page of the Democratic Office of US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, which has current legislation, recent reports, press releases and current concerns over intelligence; transportation security; cyber security; border security; first responder preparedness; biological, chemical and nuclear protection; port security and more.

US House Democratic Special Report on the US Southern Border
Links to the Democratic Party House Select Committee on Homeland Security special report issued in September 2004, "Transformation of Southern Border." The 130-page report resulted from six months of staff investigations. Sections include Border is Porous; Staffing; Intelligence; Detention & Removal Operation; Infrastructure;Tchnology; Comprehensive Plan and more.

White House Guide to Homeland Security
The White House Guide to Homeland Security describes the Bush administration's Homeland Security programs, including improving homeland security; improving intelligence; new tools to fight terrorism; strengthening defenses against biological, chemical and radiological weapons; improving aviation, border and port security and more.

US Department of Homeland Security Homepage
Links to the US Department of Homeland Security, including its Preparedness Guide for Homeowners. Include current information on emergencies & disasters, travel & transportation, immigration & borders, research & technology, threats & protection and more.

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