America Abroad presents a one-hour special “America’s Growing Debt: The Stakes for the U.S. and the World” with former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, and the Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Erskine Bowles and Alan
“I had foreign officials saying, 'Why do you Americans care so much about religious freedom?' They'd never run into this with any other governments.”
– John Hanford, former Ambassador-at-Large at the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom
Chalk that up
"What has been going on for many, many years is ad hoc, day-to-day management of problems as these problems continue to grow and grow. Now, they have grown to a point where we fear the country is at risk."
– Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani, Political Consultant in Yemen
"What we're trying to do is get carbon out of our emissions so we can keep the worst impact of climate change from happening."
– Professor Dan Schrag, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
But, even with an atmosphere of agreement that capping
"General McChrystal’s plan for counterinsurgency — 50 percent of it is military. The other 50 percent is a development program, or a stabilization program."
– Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator
President Obama and his top commander in Afghanistan argue that it’ll
"The very same strategy that Obama thought he had properly resourced in the winter turns out in McChrystal’s eyes to need 30-40,000 more."
– Michael O’Hanlon, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, 21st Century Defense Initiative The Sydney Stein, Jr. Chair, Brookings
America Abroad Media (AAM), in partnership with CNN and The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, hosted a joint interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on a wide range of issues including the war in
Subway bombings in Madrid and London, riots in France, and protests over Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet Mohammed have prompted concern about how Muslim immigrants are adjusting to Europe’s liberal and secular society. Across the Atlantic, the situation seems more sanguine. A recent study
"When I worked in the state department, we made the decision to put diplomats into the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's an entirely different proposition than serving in Rome."
– Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns
The cocktail parties and communiqués of traditional
"Those who argued for these tactics were on the wrong side of the debate, and the wrong side of history. That's why we must leave these methods where they belong, in the past..."
– President Obama, speech at the National Archives, May 2009
The tactics in question, water-boarding