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  • July 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As part of my July 6 interview with US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, I asked him, "Do you think Americans are more or less safe since 9/11?"

    Here's his answer:

    I think we're less safe since 9/11, because I think the Bush administration has failed to adequately implement the 9/11 Commission report, because they've failed to adequately implement the Baker-Hamilton report.

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  • July 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As if it wasn't already abundantly clear, so much for those who want to believe that the Bush administration is tough on terrorism.

    From the AP:

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned.

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  • July 11, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    After 9/11, some observers suggested that the clash between the West and Islamic extremists would foster a generation of more politically active and civicly engaged young people. Unfortunately, a new study doesn't offer much encouragement (h/t Romenesko).

    From Reuters:

    War and politics are largely ignored by American teenagers, according to a Harvard University study released on Tuesday, which found that 60 percent of them pay little attention to daily news.

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  • July 10, 2007
    By webteam

    As John Mulligan reports today in the ProJo, the Senate is continuing to press for changes in policy on the war in Iraq. US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussed the same topic when he sat down with me in his Providence office this past Friday. Here's an excerpt from our talk, more of which will be in this week's Phoenix.

    Even with some of the weakening Republican support – Senator Domenici, Senator Lugar – the White House shows no sign of backing away from its strategy on Iraq

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  • July 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Blogger-labor activist Patrick Crowley, whose anti-war video had been taken down by YouTube, reports that it is back up.

    And for those seeking someone who isn't afraid to take the Bush administration to task, check this clip from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

  • July 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Recent events suggest that we're moving toward the beginning of the end of the current US approach in Iraq. As the New York Times reports today:

    White House officials fear that the last pillars of political support among Senate Republicans for President Bush’s Iraq strategy are collapsing around them, according to several administration officials and outsiders they are consulting.

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  • July 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Senator Pete Domenici is the latest Republican to break ranks with President Bush on his policy in Iraq. Heavy casualties continue amid the "surge," while defenders of the administration say that large numbers of Al Qaeda are being wiped out.

    Is all of this making us any safer?

    It depends how you look at it, of course. Since the war has been a top recruiting device for violent Islamic extremists, you might conclude that we can't simply kill our way out of this situation.

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  • June 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We already know that the Bush White House is the most secretive administration since that of President Nixon. But here's some news for those chatting on talk-radio yesterday about President Bush's sincerity or how he's "keeping us safe" -- a viewpoint at odds with that of our own federal government:

    In the run-up to the Fourth of July, you can't ask the leader of the free world even an innocuous question without having your press credential quickly taken away.

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  • June 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Playing to a military audience, as with the president's trip to Newport, spares him the likelihood of facing criticism over the war in Iraq. It's getting harder not to notice, though, when people like Senator Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and someone whom the New York Times calls "a steadfast supporter," parts company with the administration:

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  • June 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: Here are the details on tomorrow's planned protest:

    Peace activists from around the state are planning to hold an antiwar rally at 11:00 AM near the rotary on Connell Highway in Newport at Admiral Kalfbus Road. The rotary is close to the main entrance to the naval base where President Bush will be speaking that morning.

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  • June 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Blogger and labor activist Pat Crowley sends word that YouTube has banned a video he created because of objectionable content. The video is anti-war and anti-Bush. So much for free speech on YouTube.

  • June 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With President Bush slated to speak at the Naval War College in Newport on June 28, peace activists are making plans to greet the commander-in-chief. Activists say they plan a peace rally in downtown Newport and possibly a rally in proximity to the War College. Mark Stahl of the RI Community Coalition for Peace says the focus will be on:

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  • June 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says President Bush should turn his focus from fighting partisan battles with Congressional Democrats to increasing pressure on the Iraqi Parliament to take greater responsibility for that country's future. Whitehouse offered the view during an appearance on WPRI-WNAC TV's Newsmakers, which will be broadcast Sunday at 5:30 am on Channel 12 (CBS) and at 10 am on Fox 64.

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  • May 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    This question is worth contemplating as we head into the Memorial Day weekend.

    For many of those who grew up during the Vietnam War era, the subsequent elimination of the draft was a welcome development. Yet the advent of the all-voluntary military has allowed most Americans to remain very tuned out as the war in Iraq goes on and on.

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  • April 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    While Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and others were writing the new journalism of America in the early 1960s, David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan offered the early warning call, just by reporting the facts, about the US misadventure in Vietnam. As has become legend, White House officials tried to get Halberstam reassigned from his beat at the New York Times because of the unpleasant details of what he was reporting.

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