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  • July 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Samantha Power had a lengthy essay in yesterday's New York Times Book Review. One of the highlights is how she calls the US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual a leading reference for a revised 21st Century approach to fighting terrorism.

    When the terrorists struck on 9/11, the United States military was singularly unprepared to deal with them.

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  • July 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Regardless of one's view on the war in Iraq, the Bush administration's lack of preparation for the post-invasion phase of the conflict is nothing short of shameful. How many lives might have been spared if more thought and consideration had gone into this, let alone the wisdom of the entire idea?

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates was recently brought to tears while discussing the death in May of Douglas Zembiec, who was known as "the Lion of Falluja," and who was killed during his fourth tour in Iraq.

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  • July 18, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    After 9-11, the nation rallied around President Bush and placed a lot of credulity in his statements and leadership. We've seen where that has gotten us.

    While Jack Reed might not want to become defense secretary, he's the kind of Democrat, because of his expertise and military background, who brings a lot of credibility to national security issues.

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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 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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