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Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is questioned by reporters regarding Iraq on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 26, 2007. In a floor speech that day, Lugar said the U.S. should reduce the military's role in Iraq and called on then-President George W. Bush to press other diplomatic and economic initiatives instead.

National security group salutes Lugar

The American Security Project honored Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., on Wednesday for promoting U.S. national security interests throughout his congressional career, which is approaching its end.

“Sen. Lugar always puts his country first. Every one of us has benefited from his efforts to make this a safer world,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, chief executive officer of the American Security Project, according to a news release from the group.

The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization that focuses on national security issues.

Lugar, a six-term senator, was defeated by Richard Mourdock in Indiana’s Republican primary election on May 8. He is the top-ranking Republican and a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is best known for the 1991 Nunn-Lugar legislation to dismantle nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.

Cheney said the Nunn-Lugar program “has changed the course of history.”

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and members of the American Security Project board joined Cheney in saluting Lugar at a ceremony in Washington, according to the news release.

Kerry said the Senate “would be a stronger institution if more of its members really understood the difficult, substantive work (Lugar) performed so skillfully for decades to bring both parties together in common cause on issues of national security.”

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