The Big Debate: Is US Safer Under Obama?

By Jennifer Parker

May 14, 2009 6:41pm

Washington rocked with a volatile mix of national-security storylines this week, including President Barack Obama’s stunning reversal on the release of photographs depicting detainee abuse, the clamor for torture prosecutions, and politics swirling over the Obama administration’s promised closure of Guantanamo Bay. Throw in a Taliban-prompted refugee crisis in Pakistan, controversy surrounding the administration Afghanistan policy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in hot water over what she knew and what she did about harsh interrogations. With us to debate the Obama administration’s foreign and national security policy — Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. We also have a powerhouse "This Week" Roundtable lined up to debate all the week’s politics: ABC contributor George Will, James Carville, Democratic strategist and author of "40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation", The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, Steve Schmidt, aka "The Bullet" — a Republican strategist and former senior adviser to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and former State Department official for middle east affairs. You don’t want to miss this show. See you Sunday morning. –George Stephanopoulos

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