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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

After the WMDs - but before creating Democracy to prevent the newly created terrorists from attacking America - the reason Bush said he invaded Iraq was to remove Saddam Hussein from power and to bring him to justice.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

What are the choices facing Democrats in Congress today? Well, during this honeymoon period they can get into bed with those who "brung them," sleep alone, or sleep with the enemy, the Bush GOP. This time, Americans expect those taking oaths of office to take those oaths seriously.

Monday, 08 January 2007 07:28

Shirley Smith: War

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

This was in the West Virginia Gazette:
Before my brother in the 101st Airborne went to Iraq, we talked about deer hunting. As promised, when he came back after one year, we went hunting. After three hours, I found him sitting on a log crying. I asked him what was wrong and he just threw his gun over the hill and said no more killing. If you're out in the woods and find a .30-06 Remington Model 700 and a 270 Remington you can keep them. And thank George Bush for them.

Sunday Gazette-Mail - Readers' Voice

Shirley Smith

Monday, 08 January 2007 06:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 8, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Bush's Continuing War and His Speech This Week

Could you start a grassroots action where on the night of Bush's speech everyone who is against sending more troops to Iraq floods the media with write-ins and call-ins? That's what I intend to do. And keep calling on the speed dial on my cell phone over and over and over and over until they are all sick of my voice. And call your Congressmen and -women. And your Senators. Let them all know you demand a pull-out, not an escalation. And demand to know where our war dollars have been spent and don't give a dime for Iraq reconstruction until you know where the money given to this war so far has gone and how it's been spent, most likely building the new American "Vatican" in Baghdad, the permanent bases, the Green Zone hideouts, etc. As Molly Ivins said, if we want the Americans out of this war, it's up to all of us. We have no leadership.

Donna Woods
Enumclaw, WA

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

In a few days, George W. Bush is expected to announce his plans to boost troop levels in Iraq. Leading congressional Democrats have already signaled their disapproval of such a decision and have suggested a struggle, but by the time Bush gives his speech it may already be to late.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Robert Weitzel

A man I once knew survived his tour of duty in Vietnam. In the privacy of a rented house trailer he drank alone until he finally had the “courage” to kill himself. I don’t know if he saw combat. He never said. I only assumed he had because when he spoke, what he said had the finality of a trigger pull. To my mind, there is only one way to acquire such certainty.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

The Elections Were A Vote For Bipartisanship?

by Tony Peyser

WaPo continues to spread this lie
But we know how this story comes out:
American voters simply decided
It was time to throw all of the bums out.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"... the general surgeons are doing their work and there is the body of this Navy SEAL, which is a physical specimen to behold," he told IPS. "And his abdomen is open, they're exploring both intestines. He's missing both legs below the knee, one arm is blown off, he's got incisions on his thighs to relieve the pressure on the parts of the legs that are hopefully gonna survive and there's genital injuries, and you just want to cry." No wonder George Bush wants Americans "to go shopping"; he is desperately attempting to divert attention from the realities of the Iraqi war! If the American people knew what is really going on in this insane war, the only "SURGE" would be every American marching to Washington to tell George Bush personally, NO MORE WAR!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Reverting to form, Democrats in Congress are cautiously trying to have it both ways so as to avoid having to take a stand on any of the issues that matter.

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 Scotsman, UK
BROWN TAKES SWIPE AT BLAIR AND FORCES NO 10 TO CONDEMN SADDAM EXECUTION

Gordon Brown yesterday moved to announce himself as the pre-eminent figure in British politics, forcing Tony Blair to break his silence on the execution of Saddam Hussein and issuing what amounts to a scathing criticism of the Prime Minister's foreign policy. ... Despite growing domestic and international unease about the taunting of the former Iraqi dictator, Mr Blair adamantly refused to comment on the matter last week, insisting he would make his first public statement later this week. But yesterday, a few hours after the Chancellor said that the way the execution was handled was "completely unacceptable", Downing Street issued a statement telling how the Prime Minister also believes the manner of execution was "completely wrong". During his BBC interview, Mr Brown came as close as he ever has to admitting he now expects to be prime minister by this summer, sketching out more of his plans for government and his approach to power. And, in his boldest challenge yet to Mr Blair's waning authority, Mr Brown tacitly criticised the Prime Minister's relationship with George Bush, the US president, promising to take a much more assertive approach if he enters Downing Street later this year. ... Mr Brown dropped a significant hint about his sympathies with Mr Bush's Democrat opponents, pointing out that he has worked closely with "all the major figures of the previous US administrations".

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