Credit Where Credit’s Due (The New Republic)


In an opinion piece in The New Republic, Daniel Benjamin, the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, writes that if anything, President Obama understated America’s progress against terrorism in his May 23 speech at National Defense University.

“To some,” Benjamin writes, “Obama’s argument that almost 12 years after 9/11, the time had come to refine and refocus our tactics was a declaration of retreat.”

However, says Benjamin, “in my view, as someone who until a few months ago did his share of briefing Congress and the public while serving as the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, Obama’s assessment is very much on target and comports with what I and many of my colleagues have been saying.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 5/29/13 by The New Republic.

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