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A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by James Linkin

The maddeningly escalating violence in Iraq has served to maintain at least some of our wavering focus on this tragic part of the world. As much as our nation's commercial interests would like to divert the attention of the American people to the patriotic task of conspicuous consumption this time of year, the daily headlines of hundreds more murdered, abducted, tortured, and even immolated have a way of slicing through the numbness and denial with disturbing regularity. Try as we might this holiday season to inure ourselves to the horror and to the continuing sacrifice of our volunteer military, each of us knows the price of procrastination.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Tom Wieliczka

A) Bush and Vietnam vs Iraq

I hope everyone saw Keith Olbermann's recent "Special Comment," when Bush finally located Vietnam on the map and went over there. Keith buried Bush with ten great reasons of why we should get out of Iraq now, after Bush exposed more of his ineptness by saying: "we'll succeed unless we quit." Easy for ol' "blood and gutLESS" Bush to say! Bush said this while he was in the country that WE stopped fighting over 30 years. Yet, today, Vietnam flourishes with their own Democracy that THEY created on their own, and our fearless dummkopf says: "We'll succeed unless we quit." Are you sure "Schultz" or "Klink" from Hogans' Heroes aren't running things in The White House and Congress? Damn, I use to watch that comedy show back in the 60's and it sure seems that we have the same klutzes running us into the ground again, here in the good ol' US of A. I'm still looking on the beaches of Vietnam for that damn "Domino." Some general or politician that we have running things today must have buried it there. You remember that theory, don't you? That a "Domino" would fall in ‘Nam, and the countries around there would fall right behind it! Yup, sure happened!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

New York, New York, November 28: After every election, there are post-mortems and then, after that, come the studies to confirm the presence of many institutional and deep seated flaws in our ritualized electoral-democracy.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Lucinda Marshall

The November issue of the magazine Marie Claire did an outstanding job of remedying the media's woeful lack of coverage of the impact of war on fashion. With several hard-hitting articles and a photo spread, MC gives this aspect of war reporting its proper due.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006 04:33

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 28, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Who Is Kidding Who, Er Whom?

Of all the disturbing pieces in the paper recently, the one by Thomas E. Ricks and Robin Wright is really frightening.

Civil War in Iraq Near, Annan Says: Study Group Begins Two-Day Meeting (Washington Post)

Mr. Ricks' reporting deserves respect for its accuracy and his refusal to try to placate either party. Mr. Ricks knows his job is to give his readers the facts and let them make their own decisions. He treats us as adults. How unusual!

Mr. Ricks' article in the Washington Post this morning (11/28/06) contained a phrase that is almost beyond belief. According to Mr. Ricks and Ms. Wright:

Saudi Arabia is so concerned about the damage that the conflict in Iraq is doing across the region that it basically summoned Vice President Cheney for talks over the weekend, according to U.S. officials and foreign diplomats. The visit was originally portrayed as U.S. outreach to its oil-rich Arab ally.

Saudi Arabia “basically summoned” the Vice-President of the United States and he scurried to obey them? This “macho” man who tries to portray Democrats as weaklings scurries to obey the King of Saudi Arabia like some naughty little school boy? We all thought Cheney was the puppet-master behind the little Pinhead in the White House. Seems the real puppet-master resides in Saudi Arabia.

NEWS RELEASE

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Tuesday, 28 November 2006 04:03

DNC: Bush Once Again Ignores Reality In Iraq

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NEWS RELEASE

DNC: Bush Once Again Ignores Reality In Iraq

Washington, DC - Today, President Bush once again refused to acknowledge the facts on the ground in Iraq. In a week when major news outlets agreed that Iraq is now mired in a civil war and when U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that "we are almost" seeing a civil war, President Bush continues to stick by his stay-the-course rhetoric. [Washington Post, 11/27/06; Today, NBC, 11/27/06; MSNBC, 11/27/06] According to the Associated Press, President Bush declared "that an al-Qaida plot to stoke cycles of sectarian revenge in Iraq is to blame for escalating bloodshed, refusing to debate whether the country has fallen into civil war." [AP, 11/28/06]

Tuesday, 28 November 2006 02:56

Michael Winship: Throwing Iraq into Reverse

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

You probably know that joke about the only way for a country music song to have a happy ending.

Play it backwards. You're let out of prison, your wife returns, the dog comes back to life and your pickup gets fixed.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

So many questions! Is George Bush planning his get-away in Paraguay? It's always nice to have an ace-in-the-hole, heavily armed, safe haven when needed! "The Paraguayan Senate voted last summer to 'grant U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction.' Immediately afterwards, 500 heavily armed U.S. troops arrived with various planes, choppers and land vehicles at Mariscal Estrigarribia air base, which happens to be at the northern tip of Paraguay near the Bolivian/Brazilian border. More have reportedly arrived since then."

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Presidential Library Bush Wants To Build Has A $500 Million Price Tag

by Tony Peyser

The main reason this will result
In loud Liberal shouts and hollers
Is it's a plan to spin his exploits
By various Conservative scholars.

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