January 25, 2013 |
Our military and national security interests are at a critical juncture. As a former colleague of Chuck Hagel's, I know that he is a good man with a record of service and sacrifice that deserves respect. While his service is commendable, the lens through which his nomination as defense secretary must be considered needs to be both broader and more refined. Whether he is the right person to lead the Defense Department should be determined by his judgment, his fundamental view of America's role in the world and his assessment of the...
January 19, 2013 |
PRESIDENT OBAMA took office in 2009 with a soaring message of inclusiveness and optimism that proved overly ambitious in the bleak economy he inherited. As he swears his oath for a second time, the nightmarish collapse is a memory, thanks in part to his leadership, and the potential for growth and renewal very real. We hope, given the opportunity, he will rededicate himself to being a president who is bigger than party and above partisan squabbling. Americans remain pessimistic or at best fretful, but on balance there's no country with which they...
December 21, 2012
Here is a transcript of President Obama's remarks as he nominates Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to the Cabinet position of Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everyone. You know, when I took office, our nation was engaged in two wars and Al Qaida was entrenched in their safe havens. Many of our alliances were frayed and America's standing in the world had suffered. Over the past four years, we've begun a new...
September 6, 2012
Below are the remarks of Sen. John Kerry as delivered to the Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012: Thank you. Thank you. In this -- in this campaign we have a fundamental choice. Will we protect our country and our allies? Advance our interests and ideals? Do battle where we must and make peace where we can? Or will we entrust our place in the world to someone who just hasn't learned the lessons of the last decade? We've all learned Mitt Romney doesn't know much about foreign policy.
June 19, 2012
Executive Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Liz Schrayer serves as the founding Executive Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, responsible for the overall direction and strategy for the influential and well-respected broad-based coalition. Ms. Schrayer also serves as President of Schrayer & Associates, Inc., a nationwide political consulting firm specializing in grassroots organizing. Prior to beginning her own firm, Ms. Schrayer served as the national Political Director of AIPAC...
December 15, 2011
Regarding Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal's Dec. 9 op-ed, " Obama shifts toward containment ": The Obama administration's shift from preventing a nuclear Iran to promising to "isolate" a nuclear Iran is not just an abdication of global leadership, it is also an example of wishful thinking. Not only would a nuclear-armed Iran spark an arms race across the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, it would also leave Tehran emboldened to aggressively expand its power and influence across the region, with little fear of...