Guest MINDSETTER™ Clifford: Questions to Senator Jack Reed
Sunday, January 21, 2018
His opinion and the opinions of other policymakers like himself are important, both to the foreign policy of the US and to all Rhode Island residents affected by that policy.
That said, I would like to hear his opinion on the latest policy change laid out by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who this week, charted a new course for the US in Syria. The Secretary said the US has no plans to leave Syria in the future and will stay and train a force of 30,000 people, allegedly to protect the border.
Tillerson also said one of the goals of this force and this new policy, is to “ensure the departure of the Assad regime”.
According to international law, the entry by any nation, with a military force, into another country, without permission of that sovereign government is illegal and is also a clear violation of the UN Charter. Staying forever to help “ensure the departure of the Assad regime” is equally illegal. As one of the most important power brokers in the country, Senator Jack Reed must have an opinion on this new course of action.
Therefore, I ask the Senator to come forth and answer the following questions:
Did you, Senator Reed, support the occupation of Syria despite it being an illegal act?
Do you, Senator Reed, support Secretary of State Tillerson in saying our new mission is to “ensure the departure of the Assad regime”?
Do you, Senator Reed support the open-ended occupation of a foreign nation without the permission of that sovereign nation?
Would you agree that having a goal of “ensuring the departure of the Assad regime” is Russian like meddling, a practice you have criticized regularly?
Joe Clifford lives in Jamestown.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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