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President-elect Barack Obama says it “is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize” to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He told ABC News in an interview Sunday he was committed to closing the center but it would take time and must be done “in a way that doesn’t result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.”
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism briefed Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano on its latest report Wednesday. In remarks at the briefing (AFP), Biden said the United States is “not doing all we can to prevent the world’s most lethal weapons from winding up in the hands of terrorists.”
Journalist and author Tariq Ali warned that U.S. military action in Pakistan and escalation of the war in Afghanistan would create widespread instability in the region. Speaking Tuesday in a public discussion with Chicago Council on Global Affairs president Marshall Bouton. Ali said he was “extremely disturbed” by President-elect Barack Obama’s assertion during the presidential campaign that he would be willing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside of Pakistan with actionable intelligence if the Pakistani government was unwilling or unable to do so.
Middle East expert Juan Cole reviewed President-elect Barack Obama’s positions to date on Iraq and Afghanistan in a lecture at the University of Chicago on Wednesday evening. Cole, who tracks events in the Middle East on his Informed Comment blog, said many of Obama’s campaign positions on the Iraq war have recently become “more plausible” as a result of developments there.
MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ray Lahood (R-IL) is one of the country’s most prominent Arab-American lawmakers and is ranking Republican on the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. Now preparing to step down after 14 years in Congress, Lahood spoke with CFR.org on the sidelines of the GOP convention about some foreign policy developments and priorities. Here are excerpts:
DENVER — National Security Day kicked off in Denver Wednesday, with delegates looking forward to speeches from former Vice President Al Gore, former President Bill Clinton, and Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) vice presidential selection, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), among others. Just outside the high-security zone around the Pepsi Center, CFR co-sponsored a roundtable discussion moderated by NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw on the international issues facing the United States.
The Democratic Party released a draft of its platform (PDF) on Thursday. The fifty-four page document includes sections on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new U.S.-Pakistan partnership, homeland security, and nuclear non-proliferation, among other foreign policy topics. Much of the agenda is consistent with Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy plan, including the goal of “responsibly redeploying our combat forces from Iraq and refocusing them on urgent missions.”