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TW in Iraq #9: A Midnight Raid

April 27th, 2006

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(This arrived at Third Way as a letter from Sean dated 4/19/2006)

Fallujah, Iraq

One of my friends from my home company in New Jersey had a close call about a week ago. He was shot on patrol, but the round went straight through his leg without hitting any bones or arteries. He’s headed home but should be fine. A CNN reporter was on the patrol, so it may have been on the news. I don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »

TW in Iraq #8: On Patrol in Fallujah

April 21st, 2006

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(This arrived at Third Way as a letter from Sean dated 4/13/2006)

Fallujah, Iraq

The last few days have been physically draining. Between running to the rooftops of apartment buildings in pursuit of snipers and conducting long foot patrols in the mid-day heat, being a Marine in Fallujah is a weight-loss program with guaranteed results! Read the rest of this entry »

Abortion Reduction: The New Common Ground

April 18th, 2006

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Pro-life Democratic Leader Harry Reid and pro-choice Senator Hillary Clinton published an editorial today on their Prevention First Act. It’s a good editorial and a good bill. Why? Because it’s a seminal part of an initiative to reduce the number of abortions in America. Read the rest of this entry »

TW in Iraq #7: MREs, Combat Gear and Porta-Johns

April 17th, 2006

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(This arrived at Third Way as a letter from Sean dated 4/6/2006)

Fallujah, Iraq

We’ve been in Fallujah for about a week now. Our work rotation has kept us extremely busy. We rotate between patrolling and conducting operations, standing ready as a quick reaction force, manning observation posts throughout the city, and standing guard post at our FOB. A couple of days ago we conducted a raid on the house of a suspected, big-time weapons smuggler. The raid went off without incident and the suspected gun-runner is now in the custody of the Iraqi authorities. This morning we saw some small arms fire in front of our observation post overlooking one of the main entry points to the city. We all jumped up and reinforced those standing watch but the gunmen ran off quickly after firing a few potshots. Read the rest of this entry »

TW in Iraq #6: Arrival in Fallujah

April 17th, 2006

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(Note: This arrived at Third Way as a letter from Sean dated 4/02/06)

Fallujah, Iraq

Last night we arrived at our forward operating base (FOB) in the center of the city of Fallujah. After two days at Camp Victory in Kuwait, we were flown in a C-130 to a large air base about 20 miles outside of Fallujah. After another two days at the air base, we convoyed through the city of Fallujah to another base just outside of Fallujah at Baharia. Finally, after another two days at Baharia, we convoyed into the heart of the city to occupy our FOB. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Way Praises Bipartisan Massachusetts Health Care Plan

April 17th, 2006

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April 14, 2006

Dear Governor Romney, President Travaglini and Speaker DiMasi:

Third Way commends you for your bipartisan achievement in the recent passage of health care reform legislation. With this new law, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is taking a path-breaking step forward toward comprehensive health care reform.

The implementation and financing of this plan will no doubt present a significant future challenge. Nevertheless, the Massachusetts proposal deserves particular praise for its bipartisanship and for its reliance on market-based mechanisms to deliver universal coverage.

We share your conviction that a well-structured, competitive private insurance market is best-poised to provide individuals with affordable and efficient coverage. The plan appears to have struck a careful and appropriate balance among the private sector, government, and individuals in apportioning the costs of and responsibility for obtaining health insurance in Massachusetts.

It is also heartening to see such an ambitious proposal pass with overwhelming support from across the political spectrum. We hope future efforts in Congress toward comprehensive health care reform will share this spirit of bipartisanship and consensus.

The Massachusetts plan is a bold and potentially precedent-setting experiment in health care reform. We look forward to seeing this legislation fulfill its promise to the citizens of Massachusetts.
Sincerely,

Jonathan Cowan

President