“I don’t see it as torture, I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique.”

Posted on November 12, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"I do not agree with torture, period," Cain said, in response to a reader question. But asked about waterboarding in particular, Cain elaborated, "I agree that it was an enhanced interrogation technique. I would return to that policy. I don't see it as torture, I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique."

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In Virginia, a Victory for Ramadan and a Rejection of Fear

Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Blog

Congratulations to David Ramadan, who won his bid for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

David earned tremendous support for his campaign for the 87th District seat, including endorsements from Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Congressman Frank Wolf, and a host of delegates from around the Commonwealth.

But David was also the victim of vicious attacks –Arab and Muslim-baiting at its worst. James Lafferty, of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force made it his personal mission to attack David at every turn. (It should be noted that Lafferty and VAST also co-sponsor events with Stop Islamicization of...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Trita Parsi, Ellen Laipson, Alex Roarty

Posted on November 11, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Trita Parsi, Co-Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), discusses his book Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States, and the relationship between the three countries given new speculation around Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Ellen Laipson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry L. Stimson Center, discusses Syria and violence toward protesters perpetrated by the Assad regime despite calls by the Arab League for the violence to stop.   

Alex Roarty, politics writer...

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Huntsman Resists Arab Spring Crazy Talk

Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Blog

Several months ago, we praised Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for remaining principled and not pandering to anti-Muslim sentiment. At the time, unapologetic Islamophobia seemed like an accepted element of the mainstream Republican platform. We called Governor Daniels the “adult in the room” for his leadership. Today, similar praise is due for a candidate who has taken a principled stance on another issue of importance to the Arab American community. In stark contrast to his Republican compatriots (with exception of Ron Paul who hasn’t significantly weighed in on the subject), Jon Huntsman’s comments on U.S.-Arab relations given the realities of...

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When Politics Malfunction

Posted on November 08, 2011 in Countdown
President Perry’s solution to illegal immigration will be to personally patrol the border in his pickup truck
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Colin Kahl, Nabil Shaath, Glenn Kessler

Posted on November 04, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, discusses the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

Nabil Shaath, Senior Palestinian Negotiator, discusses the admission of Palestine to UNESCO, peace negotiations with Israel and the Palestinian bid for membership at the United Nations.

Glenn Kessler, Author of the "Fact Checker" Column at The Washington Post, discusses the controversy surrounding allegations of sexual harassment involving GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

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“[China] indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability”

Posted on November 02, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Yes, [China] are a military threat...they've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat."

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“Scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing.”

Posted on October 27, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"On occasion scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that's a wonderful thing, candidly. I think we should send a very clear message that if you are a scientist from Russia, North Korea, or from Iran and you are going to work on a nuclear program to develop a bomb for Iran, you are not safe."

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Romney Blames Obama for ‘Out of Control’ Arab Spring

Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Blog

Somehow, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney thinks President Obama is to blame for an “out of control” Arab Spring. Speaking in front of the State House in Concord, New Hampshire on Monday, Romney indicated that the White House should have been able to foresee the events of the Arab Spring before they happened. He went on to say: "We’re facing an Arab Spring which is out of control in some respects because the president was not as strong as he needed to be in encouraging our friends to move toward representative forms of government." "If you look...

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“It’s time for us to have a…discussion about defunding the United Nations.”

Posted on October 18, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"I think it's time for this country to have a very real debate about foreign aid. Clearly there are places. As a matter of fact, I think it's time for us to have a very serious discussion about defunding the United Nations. When you think about -- when you think about the Palestinian Authority circumventing those Oslo Accords and going to New York to try to create the conflict and to have themselves approved as a state without going through the proper channels is a travesty. And I think it's time not only to have that entire debate about all...

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