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  • Pentagon promises 'Mission Match' instead of 'Mission Creep' in Iraq by Reset Defense Bulletin, 8 Jul -- " Middle East U.S. Middle East policy is in shambles.   As predicted by many experts a decade ago the U.S. war of regime change in Iraq has become a disaster of historic proportions...."
  • The Iraq Crisis and U.S. Post-War Strategy by Reset Defense Bulletin, 19 Jun -- " Less than a month ago, speaking at West Point to the applause of graduating cadets, President Obama summed up his war successes: "We have removed our troops from Iraq.  We are winding down our war in Afghanistan...."
  • Busting Budgetary Restraint: OCO to fund Obama's new security initiatives by Reset Defense Bulletin, 5 Jun -- "  In his West Point speech on May 28th President Obama announced one new policy initiative: "I am calling on Congress to support a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines.  And these resources will give us flexibility to fulfill different missions, including training security forces in Yemen who have gone on the offensive against al Qaeda; supporting a multinational force to keep the peace in Somalia; working with European allies to train a functioning security force and border patrol in Libya; and facilitating French operations in Mali...."
  • Russia, NATO and American Power by Reset Defense Bulletin, 12 May -- "Russia, NATO and American Power   Russia, NATO and American Power In 1989 Moscow possessed very substantial military power and was surely troubled by the U.S. invasion of Panama that year.  Yet, it is unlikely that USSR military power had any deterrent effect on decision-making in Washington...."
  • India Votes -- and What It Might Mean for the United States by Rafiq Dossani, 6 May -- "India is in the midst of its national elections, a massive exercise involving 825 million voters that takes weeks to complete. When the votes are counted, it is expected that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will emerge as the winner and be tasked with forming a new government. ..."

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