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Thursday, 07 December 2006 03:24

Dr. J.'s Short Shot: Tony Snow's Job

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

Most observers agree that the unanimous report of the Iraq Study Group is totally damning the Bush-Cheney policy for Iraq, as well as on its implementation. (It should be noted that among the members of the Group are former Senator Alan Simpson, one of the most conservative Republican Senators ever, before the Santorum-Inhofe crowd and Ed Meese, one-time President of the National Council for Policy [he may still be; they are very secretive], the organization for all of the major right and far right-wing organizations in the US.) At the White House press conference on Dec. 6, 2006, following the report's release, David Gregory of NBC News, reading from the Report, asked White House press secretary Tony Snow if he didn't think that its conclusions were indeed damning. Snow responded by attacking Gregory for asking a "partisan" question, and in the subsequent colloquy about that issue, not the report's findings, managed to avoid dealing with the latter altogether.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

And then there's Afghanistan, the forgotten "good war"! Haven't heard much about the "good war" recently, have we? It may be that, "because of the Bush administration's inattention and mismanagement, even the good war is going wrong." Kinda reminds me of that old story about Midas, only everything this modern day would-be king touches turns into death and destruction. Yessir, everything Bush touches turns out bad for America. And if this is any indication of where we're going in Iraq, then God help us all!!! "The latest grim news is that after years of effort - and more than $1 billion spent - Afghanistan's American-trained police force is unable to perform even routine law enforcement work. According to an article in yesterday's Times, investigators for the Pentagon and the State Department found that the training program's managers did not even know how many police officers were serving, while thousands of trucks and other American-purchased police equipment have simply disappeared."  

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 22:39

Jimmy Lohman: Lee Hamilton - So Easy to Ignore

LEE HAMILTON - SO EASY TO IGNORE

Within the next few weeks, Lee Hamilton will assume the mantle of #1, all-time hands-down most ignored Commission Chair in history. Indeed, it is now clear that the way to avoid dealing with any major pressing potentially-catastrophic issue is to make Lee Hamilton the chairman of a commission and give him a year or so to issue a report.

If Bush or his lamest-of-ducks Congress want to make sure nothing is done to help the still-anguished Katrina region and its hundreds of thousands of devastated refugees, they should quickly empanel a commission and make Lee Hamilton the chairman. Next, find a co-chair who can make at least a marginal case that "moderate Republican" is not an oxymoron, someone like John McCain but without the delusions. Someone who can make a halfway effective façade of caring, like Christie Todd Whitman. Then fill out the commission with seven or eight washed-out Ultra-insiders who are beholden to so many corporate special interests -- individually and collectively -- that none can possibly have a leg up in dictating the commission's recommendations.

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

It's been 25 years now since Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot dead in a Center City, Philadelphia red-light district. Since then, Faulkner has become a rallying point for the nation's death penalty advocates. It's been 25 years, too, since the man convicted of killing Faulkner, Philadelphia radio journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, was arrested for the crime at the scene. Since July 1982, Abu-Jamal has been in solitary confinement on Philadelphia's death row, from which lonely spot he has become a world-famous prison journalist, and a rallying point for those opposed to capital punishment.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Vice President Cheney's Gay Daughter Is Pregnant

by Tony Peyser

What a lovely Christmas treat!
Light the tree! Deck the halls!
(David Crosby, by the way,
Didn't return reporters' calls.)

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 20:24

Bill Sanders: T'was The Night Before Christmas

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Bill Sanders

T'was The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when at the White House
Big brother was watching by using his mouse.
Money bags were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes Abramoff would again be there.

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 08:22

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 6, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: What To Tell Your Elected Representative

... when they believe they know better than the voters who elect them.

"If you are not with us, then you are against us."

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, Ark

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

One would think history has taught us that religious wars have no winners! Taking the words, Muslim, Jew, and/or Christian out of the news stories of the day, you realize it's all the same story! Indeed, the same negative emotions, the same bigotry, the same fears, the same fanaticism and commitment that drives the underlying human desire for supremacy are present in every story. How sad for us all that there are those who are so insecure that they would destroy other human beings in order to demonstrate a personal existence! The "my God's better than your God" argument is insane!

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

One Way The White House May Have Realized The War Wasn't Going Well

by Tony Peyser

Perhaps it was from listening to the calls
That were so negative and degrading
From signs they'd posted in Iraq that said,
1-800-HOW AM I INVADING?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

The lead-up to the invasion of Iraq has become notorious in the annals of American journalism. Even many reporters, editors and commentators who fueled the drive to war in 2002 and early 2003 now acknowledge that major media routinely tossed real journalism out the window in favor of boosting war.

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