National Security
  • President Obama Certifies the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    In December, Congress passed and the President signed legislation to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Since then, the President has been working with former Defense Secretary Gates, current Secretary Panetta, and our military leaders, to transition America’s armed forces to the new policy – a policy that better reflects the values of our country.

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  • “Obama’s pro-Israel record”

    In Politico today, New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman penned an op-ed touting President Obama’s pro-Israel credentials. Rothman, a member of the House Defense and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittees, argued that the shared interests and military and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Israel has never been as stronger.

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  • The Way Forward on Afghanistan

    Yesterday evening, President Obama addressed the nation from the White House and announced the gradual withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The President plans to bring home 10,000 troops by the end of this year, 33,000 by next summer, and complete the transition by 2014.

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  • President Obama at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

    Earlier today, President Obama gave his last commencement address of the season, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In remarks that were lighthearted, but also reflected the seriousness of the graduates’ future, the President praised the graduates’ devotion and courage and expressed pride in their service to America – service that “will be shaped by the values that have kept us strong for more than 200 years.”

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