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Monday, 25 December 2006 12:30

Dr. J.'s Short Shot: The BushGoal for Iraq

DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

The Report of the Iraq Study Group, the independent report from senior American diplomat Andrew Cordesman, various assessments from the CIA and the Pentagon themselves, all say that the U.S. is losing, or at least losing ground, in Iraq. All agree that there has to be some kind of reasonable, rational plan for a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq within some reasonable period of time, "victory" or no. Yet in his Dec. 20, 2006 press conference, referenced on BuzzFlash on Dec. 21, Bush said:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

As Christians all around the world are preparing to celebrate the birth of the "Prince of Peace," Bloody George has been seeking what has been called "advice" on sending upwards of 30,000 more troops to Iraq, but what should more truly be called, "covering his hiney." Bloody George is spending the birth of the Prince of Peace trying to discover, against all credible and moral opinion, how he can escalate the violence and killing in Iraq.

A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary

On Tuesday reporters from the Washington Post interviewed President Bush.

One of the reporters asked Bush if he'd made decisions regarding Iraq. Bush responded, "I have not. And we'll spend some more time -- Secretary Gates, as he indicated, is going to head to the region at some point in time. I need to talk to him when he gets back. And I'm going to take my time to make sure that the policy, when it comes out, the American people will see that we are -- have got a new way forward..."

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Rep. Goode (R-Virginia) Wants No More Muslims Elected To Congress

by Tony Peyser

Virgil does make an excellent point
We don't need their foreign views
Let's also get rid of any Hispanics
And Gays and Asians and Jews.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

And so this is Christmas,
And what have you done?
Another year over,
A new one just begun.
(John Lennon)

Today is the 21st birthday of my youngest child, Janey. It is the 3rd birthday that she has "celebrated" since her oldest sibling, Casey was killed in Iraq. My other son, Andy, turned 21 the year Casey was killed. Carly, my oldest daughter, turned 24 the year after Casey was killed...the same age he was when BushCo sent him to die in their oil war for profit. In the one letter that Casey was writing 3 days before he was killed in the ambush that took the lives of six other soldiers, he expressed regret that he wouldn't be home for Janey's high school graduation that June. Little did we know, that he would be home, buried in his "final resting place" forever.

Friday, 22 December 2006 05:18

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 22, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Ollie North

I was a Marine for 5 years in the late '50's. I saw many officers like Ollie, which is why I got out. My hero was "Chesty" Puller, a real combat veteran who was famous for standing in the open and actually leading his men during a fire-fight.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,  

Every time I hear of stunts like this, I always wonder if people are not just testing the water. We have the Bush GOP Right Wing fundamentalists throwing their weight around all of the time with their beliefs. Regardless of what the religion is, fundamentalists are all the same, in my mind. A pain in the ass to the rest of the world.   

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,  

Bush's Holiday Card to the Immigrants of this nation? Cruelty and abuse before a holiday. When are people going to realize that Bush does these things just like an abusive spouse would do to a family? And, especially on special occasions. Why are they raiding these families before a holiday? Because it gives Bush good cheer to flex his muscles. It's Bush who needs the boot. It's the White House that should be raided, emptied and made accountable.  

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

There's a song from the legendary 1960 musical, "Bye, Bye Birdie," titled "Kids," which laments the peculiar behaviors of kids. It famously ponders, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?"

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//The Moscow Times, Russia
NIYAZOV DIES, LEAVING NO HEIR

Turkmenistan's president-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov died of an apparent heart attack early Thursday, leaving no heir apparent and potentially plunging his country into a bitter power struggle. He was 66. His death poses a policy challenge for the Kremlin, which relies heavily on the Central Asian country for a sizeable chunk of the gas it sends to Europe. Gazprom had been hoping to buy more Turkmen gas to cover for looming supply deficits at home and abroad.

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