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Jamestown: International Counterterrorism Policy in the Obama Administration

Ambassador Daniel Benjamin says that though President Obama has articulated a clear counterterrorism policy - to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida and its allies - we need to confront the political, social, and economic conditions that our enemies exploit to win over the new recruits and those whose tacit support enables the militants to carry forward their plans.

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U.S.-Pakistan Trust Deficit

Amid the latest spate of attacks in Pakistan, furor over a U.S. aid package shows continuing distrust between Washington and Islamabad. CFR's Daniel Markey and Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation say Pakistan poses a difficult challenge.

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Vice President Cheney's remarks at the American Enterprise Institute

Author: Richard B. Cheney

Right now there is considerable debate in this city about the measures our administration took to defend the American people.

Today I want to set forth the strategic thinking behind our policies. I do so as one who was there every day of the Bush Administration - who supported the policies when they were made, and without hesitation would do so again in the same circumstances.

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