The lead item in the now famous Washington Post series on Cheney and who really is the President concerns the following incident (Gellman and Becker, "A Different Understanding with the President, 6-24-07). On Nov. 13, 2001, Cheney presented Bush with a draft document on the judicial handling of foreign "terrorism" suspects. It had not been vetted by any staff of any government official other than Cheney's own. After a review of unknown depth and breadth, Bush signed the document as an Executive Order. Secretary of State Powell and National Security Advisor Rice found out about it on the evening news.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Mikey Weinstein
It is with profound sadness that I approach this Fourth of July. Coming from a long line of veterans and speaking as an Honor Graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, my decision to challenge our nation's armed forces has been a painful one.
The Upside To The Latest Libby Development
For every aggressive maneuver, there are events unforeseen:
The water thrown on the Plame case was actually gasoline.
The real reason Scooter Libby wasn't actually pardoned
Please note the reason for the commuting of Scooter's sentence is so that Scooter can still claim the 5th Amendment in further investigations of Bush, Rove, and Cheney.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
It doesn't take the Fourth of July for many of us Americans to understand that we are slowly, but surely losing this great country to greed . . . whether it's greed for money or greed for power . . . it runs rampant throughout our government, and never more openly than during these last six years of the Bush administration's stranglehold on this country.
by Carol Korreck
I just finished an article in the Washington Post that describes how the president is meeting with historians and philosophers in an effort to seek answers to the disaster he has created since taking office.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Mary Pitt
A mere two centuries is not long in the history of previous great nations of the world, but it does seem that Americans are eager to end their era of influence in world affairs. We are soundly in the grip of the two-party system, made up of professional politicians, the parties locked belly-to belly in a danse macabre to the music of the multinational corporatists until it is nearly impossible to discern one from the other. In this artificially elongated campaign season, the feeling that arises from the grassroots of the mountains and the prairies is a heartfelt prayer for a sensible person with no ties to any of them to arise and save our democracy.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff
In a fascinating article published in NewsMax yesterday, online journalists Mike Stark and Dave Johnson report that in a conversation they had with speaker Nancy Pelosi, the speaker told them she had decided "at least a year ago," before Democrats had even taken control of the House and Senate, "that impeachment was something that we could not be successful with, and that would take up the time we needed to do some positive things to establish a record of our priorities and [Republican] short-comings."