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  • April 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    [Note: When I wrote about this last week, I initially suggested that Senator Reed was being coy in response to my question about whether he might join a Democratic administration if the Dems retake the White House next year. The senator's spokesman called N4N to report that Reed thought he was "pretty categorical" in responding to my query.

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  • April 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    US Senator Jack Reed says the US needs to establish a new framework to prevent countries such as Iran and Egypt from creating nuclear weapons, and to stop worsening destabilization in the Middle East.

    Reed, who spoke during a taping this morning of WPRI-WNAC TV's Newsmakers (broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12 and at 10 am on Fox 64), suggested that the US might make nuclear material available, so that Iran, for example, could pursue nuclear energy, and then take away the byproducts necessary for creating nuclear weapons.

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  • March 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Here's a timely guest blog item from the Phoenix's Phillipe & Jorge:

    Thanks to the Pat Tillman charade, we know we can trust our military to deliver the hard, honest facts about deaths in combat. P&J now wish to alert you to a presentation pointing out that while the body count of US troops has climbed above 3200 (never mind those malingering wounded in action, more than 200,000 of our best and bravest), there is a local chance to get a tally on Iraqi casualties.

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  • March 26, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    It's not exactly news that Governor Carcieri is a more enthusiastic supporter of President George W. Bush than, say, Linc Chafee. Then again, the governor's backing for the war seemed to noticeably cool a bit over the last year or so. Now, Charlie Bakst tells us that Carcieri [is] higher than ever on Bush.

    A recent dinner with the president and his wife seems to have ramped up the governor's outlook about the president.

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  • March 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Let me get this right.

    The Bush White House has presided over a war that, according to US intelligence agencies, has worsened the threat of terrorism. And it has debilitated the readiness of the US military.

    And it's the Democrats who have a perception problem?

    This seemed a lot more plausible a few years ago, when the national GOP's marketing skill was a lot more apparent.

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  • March 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Here's a timely guest blog item from Brian C. Jones:

    There are two nightmares a newspaper writer faces. First, of course, is that nobody will read what he writes. Second, readers will come away completely confused about what the dope was trying to say.

    This happened after a short “Rant” of mine appeared in the March 7 Providence Phoenix, headlined: “In the Abu Ghraib era, watching even staged torture is painful.

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  • March 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The scandal of the woefully subpar care received by US veterans has grown considerably since I recently touched on it. The resignation a few days ago of the secretary of the Army has done nothing to quiet the situation. Yesterday, ABC and CBS led their evening newscasts with the veterans' plight (NBC took a pass since Brian Williams is reporting from Iraq), and many newspapers, including the ProJo and the New York Times, today feature front-page coverage of the congressional testimony about the poor care received at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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  • February 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Regardless of how one viewed the march to war with Iraq in 2003, it was clear that the conflict would exact a harsh legacy of death and injury, including soldiers and civilians scarred by post-traumatic stress disorder and other terrible maladies.

    Now, while the White House continues to conflate opposition to its approach with support for Al Qaeda, we're learning more about how many American veterans are receiving grossly substandard government care

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  • February 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The two main points from US Senator Jack Reed, who appeared with Senate colleague Chuck Hagel this morning on Meet The Press:

    1) The US has known for months about the newish, more lethal type of IEDs being introduced into Iraq, reportedly by Iran's Quds Force, part of the that country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

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  • January 24, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We can assume that courtesy, not support for the policy, explains why Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse applauded President Bush not long after he talked last night about the importance of bringing the fight to the enemy. And we can only ponder how we might be better off without this mess.

    Still, the lack of a domestic attack since 9/11 offers some fuzzy support for those inclined to conflate the war in Iraq with taking on the threat of terrorism.

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