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December 20, 2011 By Melissa Silverman

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Retired Marine general calls for broad foreign policy vision (Simon Rios, New Hampshire Union Leader)

Gen. Anthony Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.), now chairman of the board of BAE Systems, spoke of a new vision for American foreign policy Friday in an event at St. Anselm College, followed by a panel with surrogates for six presidential candidates.

Zinni Speaks to New Hampshire Town Hall (WBIN-TV, Manchester New Hampshire)

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition held a town hall this morning to discuss America’s role in the world. WBIN’s Lynne Herman has the story.

Who’s In the News

Point Person: Our Q&A with former President George W. Bush (Dallas Morning News)

George and Laura Bush returned Monday from Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia, where the former president and first lady launched a Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign to fight cervical and breast cancer in Africa. The George W. Bush Institute, the State Department, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and others.

Congressman Smith Supports Effective Foreign Assistance Initiatives (Rep. Adam Smith, Official Blog)

As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA), Congressman Smith supports initiatives and advocates for legislation that improves the transparency and accountability of U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Smart Power

Egypt’s Attacks on Women Protesters a ‘Disgrace,’ Clinton Says (Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg)

Egyptian women protesters “are being attacked, stripped and beaten in the streets” by security forces, a “disgrace” that dishonors the country, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

Haitian democracy depends on scrutiny of aid –watchdog (Anastasia Moloney, Reuters)

When the earthquake hit Haiti almost two years ago journalist Jane Regan, who was living in Washington at the time, knew she had to return to the Caribbean nation and watch where the aid was going. Training local journalists to ask tough questions about how the billions of dollars of aid money is spent is a perquisite to building a strong democracy in Haiti, she told AlertNet, a year after co-founding a watchdog that reports on the country’s reconstruction.

Politics/Foreign Policy

Five reasons not to despair about GOP (Concord Monitor Editorial)

Rick Santorum has used town hall meetings and even some campaign debates to stand up for the very principle of U.S. foreign aid to needy nations – at a time when it is largely misunderstood and unpopular. Santorum works to dispel misconceptions about the size of the foreign aid spending (tiny, compared to the entire federal budget) and the cost-effective benefits to Americans – particularly, he says, in forestalling the need for military action. Foreign aid, Santorum argues, is valuable in “preventing America from getting involved in things it shouldn’t be.”