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Sunday, 03 December 2006 20:59

Is George W. Bush the Worst President Ever?

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

We didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure out that George W. Bush is the worst president ever (unless you want to give Dick Cheney the honors, which is probably really the case).

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Ample historical statements by American leaders – all white males – back up the theory that our nation’s westward expansion was due to a sense of divine or "manifest destiny."

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

House Democratic leaders are using their new authority as pending committee chairmen to push the EPA to stop closing its research libraries. As BuzzFlash has previously reported, the EPA has ignored protests from politicians and even its own scientists by preemptively eliminating research resources as instructed by President Bush's 2007 budget - despite the fact that Congress has yet to approve any such action.

Friday, 01 December 2006 07:18

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 1, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Buzzers' prescience

We said in Jan-Mar 2003 and earlier ... if Bush Inc illegally invades Iraq it will lead to instability in the region, greatly increase terrorism, ruin America's reputation in the world, cause ruinous levels of destruction including human, environmental, and economic, it will lead to a Vietnam quagmire that we can't win, and civil war.

We all said it, and we were all called traitorous, yellow, unpatriotic, liberal scum, who were siding with the terrorists and we'd all be blown off the map. We were told to leave the country. We were afraid that we'd be carted off to a secret, undisclosed location for standing up for reason and humanity.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

President Bush's press conference yesterday with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki revealed a great deal about the Bush Administration's failures and their continuing lack of a real strategy to redeploy our troops. The only substantive matter Bush discussed was his desire to "accelerate" Iraq's ability to handle its own security problems:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Elliot D. Cohen, Ph. D.

Recently President George W. Bush returned from a visit to Vietnam with a lesson he thought we could learn from our past involvement there. Comparing our involvement in Iraq to that of Vietnam, he said, "We will succeed unless we quit." Of course, we did "quit" in Vietnam, so one might have thought the President would have concluded that we should likewise "quit" in Iraq, or even more pointedly, that we should never have gotten involved there in the first place. After all, as was true in the case of Vietnam, Iraq is now embroiled in civil war, making the prospect of "victory" there no more sanguine than it was in Vietnam, But the more profound and important lesson is one that could only with paradox have been uttered by Bush: "Don't believe things just because I say so."

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Hmm, just have to know there have been other "mistakes" made, like "warrantless wiretaps eavesdropping" on American citizens, denying the Geneva Conventions in order to torture and abuse, and preemptive war, to name a few! What a mess these guys have made right here at home as well as around the world!!! "GONZALES: Listen, there was a mistake made. There was a mistake made in reading of fingerprints...BLITZER: Looking back on the decisions that you've made, at the White House, now at the Justice Department, anything jump to mind, anything that you deeply regret, a decision that you made? GONZALES: Oh, I think that you and I -- I'd have to spend some time thinking about that. Obviously, I'm not going to say that I am perfect and that I've been perfect in doing my job. Obviously, I've made some recommendations to my client. Some of those recommendations have not been supported in the courts. In hindsight, you sometimes wonder, whether perhaps the recommendation should have been something different...But I do the very best I can as a lawyer. Evaluating the law, looking at the precedent, looking at the words of the statute, the words of the Constitution, in making my best recommendation in good faith to the president of the United States. That's all that I can do. And that's what I will continue to do as attorney general of the United States." OBVIOUSLY, your very best is not good enough, and it's way past time for you to go!!!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Rost, M.D., author of "The Whistleblower, Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman"

Whistleblowers are traitors. There is no question that this is what most corporations and government entities think. It doesn't matter if the target is a private corporation, such as Enron with whistleblower Sherron Watkins, a government entity such as the FDA with whistleblower David Graham or an entire country, such as President Putin's Russia, which former Russian KGB agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko harshly criticized.

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

Bush is fiddling while Iraq burns. He is stood up at dinner by his own designated Iraqi Prime Minister. But he keeps on saying "we will stay until the job is done, we will give the PM all the help he needs, until victory is achieved," even though we are no longer "staying the course," without ever defining victory. He is just delighted to have the battle of words rage over what we should call what is going on in Iraq rather than over the total failure of his policy regardless of what it is called.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

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