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WORLD MEDIA WATCH

BuzzFlash Note: Gloria's column is on hold while she works on some computer issues for a few days. Thanks for your patience.

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.

Sunday, 16 September 2007 16:30

George Lakoff: Whose Betrayal?

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by George Lakoff, The Rockridge Institute

Betrayal is everywhere in the news. We learned from the Washington Post that Alan Greenspan said, in his new book, "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." Not keeping our country safe, as the troops were told. Not democracy. Not Weapons of Mass Destruction. Not al Qaeda. Oil! All those lives and maimings about oil! Are you shocked, shocked? It is Betrayal of Trust of the highest order: "Politically inconvenient ... everyone knows..." Oil was not discussed at the Petraeus hearings. The silence in Washington has been polite.

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by Danny Schechter
Mediachannel.org

There is a term in finance called "moral hazard." It refers to policies and practices that reward wrongdoing by bankers and investors instead of allowing them to suffer their losses in the win-lose environment of the rigged casino that we refer to as markets.

Q. How did General Petraeus' testimony in front of Congress go?

A. Pretty good. He emphasized that progress was being made in Iraq. The same way he talked about the progress being made in Iraq when he testified in the same room back in 2004. He might be using the same script.

Q. What's the difference between then and now?
A. Back then, Baghdad still had electricity and water and the wheel.

Q. Did General Petraeus speak about what the future holds for our Iraqi involvement?
A. He acknowledged the road ahead would be difficult. He also allowed that fire engines are often red.

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by Lucinda Marshall

Another September 11th has been and gone. Flags were waved, tears were shed, and silence observed. Generals offered their assessments and politicians blustered. Across the political spectrum, we Americans continue to insist upon our unwavering support for the troops, from the right-wing call for continued funding of their work to the left-wing call to bring them home.

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by Stephen Crockett

Since George W. Bush is completely ignoring the views of both the vast majority of American citizens and the majority of the members of Congress concerning the ending of the Iraq War, impeachment hearings should be started. Bush will not conform to democratic norms. He will not respect public opinion or democracy. There are plenty of reasons to hold immediate joint impeachment hearings for both Bush and Cheney.

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DNC PRESS

Online tool allows Americans to urge members of Congress to Denounce Boehner's offensive remarks

Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today renewed his call for House Republican Leader John Boehner to apologize for his reprehensible and offensive comments trivializing the! sacrifices our brave men and women in uniform make for our country every day. Boehner's spokesperson has since tried to cover up the comments, saying that Representative Boehner was referring only to the monetary costs of the war in Iraq, but the transcript of the interview proves otherwise.

How stupid does little Bush think we are? The answer is: pretty damned stupid.

That's the only conclusion possible after hearing him try to claim that the winding down of his "surge" escalation of 30,000 additional troops represents a "new" strategy of reducing American troops in Iraq.
Friday, 14 September 2007 08:26

Cindy Sheehan: Arrest Bush, Not Rev

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by Cindy Sheehan

On the day of the General David ("ass kissing little chickens**t"---Adm Fallon, Commander of CENTCOM) Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker did their puppet show for Congress, my daughter, Carly, felt ill so we didn't get a chance to get there early enough to obtain one of the tickets for the miserly 37 seats allocated for the public in the hearing room.

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by Charlie Jackson

In early 2004, after my second visit to Iraq, several peace organizations proposed solutions to the war in that country that examined the military, political, and economic aspects of the conflict. It was based on extensive involvement and visits with most of the warring parties -- religious, ethnic, social, "occupation" -- and, like the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, factored in regional history and today's geopolitics.
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