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Congressional 2007 Scorecard on National Security; Christopher DeMuth; Leon Wieseltier; Nicholas Ebe

FEATURED ARTICLE Congress and National Security in 2007By John Isaacs | December 28, 2007 Although Congress failed to extract the United States from the mess in Iraq or to significantly alterthe administration’s bellicose approach to Iran, it did make progress on other national security issues,particularly nuclear ones. Even Republicans who salute Bush’s military policies are…

FEATURED ARTICLE

Congress and National Security in 2007
By John Isaacs | December 28, 2007

Although Congress failed to extract the United States from the mess in Iraq or to significantly alterthe administration’s bellicose approach to Iran, it did make progress on other national security issues,particularly nuclear ones. Even Republicans who salute Bush’s military policies are silent, publiclyopposed, or active participants in the rebellion against the administration’s nuclear weapons plans. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Christopher DeMuth
One-time Nixon staffer Christopher DeMuth has served since 1986 as the president of the AmericanEnterprise Institute, the informal headquarters of the neoconservative political faction.

Daniel McKivergan
A John McCain campaign adviser, McKiverganserved as a writer for the neoconservative WeeklyStandard and the Project for the New AmericanCentury.

Leon Wieseltier
The longtime literary editor of the New Republic, Wieseltier’s staunch support for Israelhas led him to endorse several neoconservative foreign policy goals.

Nicholas Eberstadt
A scholar on Asia at the American Enterprise Institute, Eberstadt supported action against Iraq and hasbeen something of an alarmist on issues concerning North Korea.

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