Washington Ideas Forum 2011

The Lineup

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Biden: Fractured GOP Is the Problem

    Biden: Fractured GOP Is the Problem

    The vice president pins gridlock on Republicans in Congress

  • Conclusion of the Washington Ideas Forum

    To conclude the Washington Ideas Forum, Dick and Liz Cheney talk about the former vice president's favorite job and Henry Kissinger explains why the U.S. shouldn't be afraid of China

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  • Cheney Equates Enhanced Interrogation With Obama Terror Policies

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the Obama administration's actions in the war on terror have been just as aggressive as those under George W. Bush, despite Obama's criticisms of his predecessor's tactics.

    In a conversation with his daughter and coauthor Liz Cheney at the Washington Ideas Forum, Cheney also revealed vice president isn't his favorite job he's held, left the door open to an endorsement of a GOP primary candidate, and denied he was secretly in charge in the Bush administration.

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  • Kissinger: 'We Can Be Leaders by Our Performance'

    Kissinger: 'We Can Be Leaders by Our Performance'

    The United States has passed the point where its people can "be leaders by doing any one dramatic thing," said former secretary of state Henry Kissinger Thursday. But while "it's hard not to admit that we are in a strategic contraction," he commented, referring at Iraq and Afghanistan, "... we can be leaders by our performance now."


    Speaking specifically about China at the Washington Ideas Forum, Kissinger characterized the developing U.S.-China relationship as "different from the Cold War situation," since in the Cold War the Soviet Union "depended on the reach of its military capacities. The Chinese approach to foreign policy," he argued, "is not based primarily on military plans," and American foreign policy leaders would do well to realize this. "I believe it is in the best interests of both countries to see whether it is possible to develop a cooperative approach in the face of a challenge which we can both define," he said.

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  • Musharraf: Afghanistan Is 'Proxy Conflict' Between Pakistan and India

    Musharraf: Afghanistan Is 'Proxy Conflict' Between Pakistan and India

    Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he believes that Afghanistan has become the source of a proxy battle between his country and India.

    "In Afghanistan there is some kind of a proxy conflict going on between Pakistan and India. India is trying to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan," he said in an interview with David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Company, at the Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday. Musharraf, who led Pakistan from 1999 through 2008, said this was part of "India's vision of dominating the region" and its "ambition is to create a weak Pakistan."

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