Foreign Policy

The 123 Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Energizing the U.S.-Russia reset

The “reset” of U.S.-Russia relations has borne significant fruit for U.S. interests since it was announced 18 months ago. These dividends range from signing the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and agreeing to jointly eliminate some 70 tons of weapons-grade plutonium in April, to securing concrete Russian support for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran. While most of these accomplishments deal with shared security interests, our two countries should find other ways to cooperate outside the security realm.

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The hatred behind Quran burnings (Rep. Keith Ellison)

On a day when we should remember the victims and heroic first-responders of the September 11th attacks, a fringe group in Florida has decided to burn copies of the Quran in a deliberate attempt to provoke individuals of the Muslim faith.

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Scott Brown and the bombs in the basement

It is entirely to Scott Brown’s credit that the freshman Senator from Massachusetts has shown an interest in foreign policy since coming to Washington. He has now made his first visit to Israel and written an op-ed in the Wall St Journal calling for all Arab states to support measures to shut down the Iranian nuclear program saying “there can never be peace in the Middle East with a nuclear-armed Iran.”

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Reality, not skepticism, suggest failure of peace talks

There are many doubters when it comes to the peace process just launched between Israelis and Palestinians. In fact, there are so many skeptics that the optimists may actually be fewer than the number of people in each negotiating delegation. For these talks to have any chance of success, the United States must do what it has failed to do since the inception of these talks: act as an even handed mediator.

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Middle East peace talks are a positive step forward (Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin)


The restarting of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians is a positive step forward in the Middle East Peace Process. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas, along with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan, have come to Washington in good faith to renew discussions on how to move forward as neighbors toward creating a stable and sustainable two- state solution. I am heartened to see the United States continue to act as an honest broker in this process.

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A new way forward in Afghanistan

At eight years and counting, the U.S. war in Afghanistan is now the longest in our history, surpassing both Vietnam and the Soviet Union’s own extended military campaign there. With the surge, it will cost the U.S. taxpayer nearly $100 billion per year, a sum roughly six times larger than Afghanistan’s annual gross national product (GNP) of $14 billion and greater than the total annual cost of the new U.S. health insurance program. Thousands of American and allied personnel have been killed or gravely wounded.

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Combat is over in Iraq but challenges remain (Rep. Steny Hoyer)

This evening, President Obama delivered an address to mark the end of America’s combat mission in Iraq. The Obama administration and the Democratic Congress pledged to end the war in Iraq, and this month’s completion of the responsible redeployment of American combat troops demonstrates that that pledge is being kept.

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Our troops deserve our support (Sen. Harry Reid)

Our troops and security forces have done everything that has been asked of them in Iraq, and their heroism has given the Iraqi people a chance to determine their own future as they build and defend the young democracy they now own. 


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President Obama: End of combat in Iraq

Good evening.  Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home. I know this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.  We’ve now been through nearly a decade of war.  We’ve endured a long and painful recession.  And sometimes in the midst of these storms, the future that we’re trying to build for our nation -- a future of lasting peace and long-term prosperity -- may seem beyond our reach.

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