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Thursday, 08 March 2007 02:12

Cindy Sheehan: The Flash Point

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

I was sitting in an airport by my gate -- it is shocking how many of my stories begin that way these days -- and CNN was on the video screen with The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. There was a "tease" about the Scooter Pie Libby verdict and Wolf actually had the gall to say: "How much more can the Bush presidency take?"

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

The "surge" in Iraq and all the talk regarding Iran gives credence to the Bush administration's theme song being "we've only just begun"! According to retired General Wes Clark in a recent interview, "About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. ... He says, 'We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq.' ... So I came back to see him a few weeks later ... I said, 'Are we still going to war with Iraq?' And he said, 'Oh, it's worse than that.' He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, 'I just got this down from upstairs' -- meaning the Secretary of Defense's office -- 'today.' And he said, 'This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.'" Some think America sent this administration a message last November, but obviously it wasn't received! Bush and Cheney have been plotting and planning for a very long time and "ain't nothin gonna stop them now"! 

We've heard all kinds of recent talk
About plans for troops to be surging
That's now being drowned out by
Accusations of prosecutor purging.

Chuck Schumer says they were pawns
In a game of political chess
I see Bush as more of a checkers guy
In either case, what a mess.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Senator Bernie Sanders

Washington DC-Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates today testified in response to questions from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that Gates agreed with his father that the estate tax should not be eliminated.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

The only thing better than reveling in the conviction of Scooter Libby these days is listening to the desperate cries of conservatives whining for a presidential pardon. A great example is the Wall Street Journal's Wednesday editorial, which calls the trial "a travesty of justice."

Wednesday, 07 March 2007 05:16

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 7, 2007

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A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

BuzzFlash has had a personal interest in the Libby case, since we were the second online – and for that matter journalistic source of any sort – to report on the importance of the outing of Valerie Plame in the infamous Bob Novak column.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

DNC Press

Washington, DC - The conviction of former Cheney chief-of-staff Scooter Libby in regard to the leaking of a covert CIA agent's identity and the smearing of Bush Administration opponents has led to outrage across the country. Editorials call for Cheney and Bush advisor Karl Rove to resign their White House posts and for the President not to pardon Libby. Libby is highest-ranking White House official to be convicted of a felony since the Iran-Contra Affair.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Yes, I was glad to see Libby convicted, but what about the crime of outing a CIA agent? If this whole episode regarding Libby was to be compared to the peeling of a giant onion ... Libby is just the outside skin and not anywhere near the heart of the matter.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

The White House Correspondents Association must cancel its April 21 dinner if it's serious about atoning for its complicity in the American tragedy in Iraq. Guest-of-honor George W. Bush does not deserve such moral support as this dinner bestows upon him. And our democracy can't survive the media-government cronyism this event signifies.

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