DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
So, just like me, you thought that Cheney was finished, huh? You thought that the upcoming report of the "Baker Commission" would set the course for a reasonable withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, primarily because the two original Georgite objectives of the invasion, oil and bases, had been achieved. You thought, like me, that the unceremonious ouster of Rumsfeld and the insertion of the old Bush-I/Baker hand, Bob Gates, signified that the battles had been fought and the Baker wing of the Republican power elite had won. You thought, like me, thought that the Baker folks were probably inwardly happy with the election of a Democratic Congress because dealing with rational people would make it easier for them to achieve their desired aim. Finally, like me, you thought that the next major head to roll might very well be Cheney's. Well, we all have to think again.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Rory O'Connor
What if I told you that a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle operated with impunity within the United States for years before September 11? That despite being an ardent and avowed jihadi, he managed to become a naturalized citizen, to join the US Army, to get posted to the Special Warfare Center where Green Berets and Delta Force train, and to work with both the CIA and the FBI? And all the while he was a top al Qaeda operative, hosting its second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri when he traveled to the US in the 1990's to raise money, and training both bin Laden's personal bodyguard and radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center? Would you take it as evidence that our so-called intelligence community was abjectly incompetent and dysfunctional in the months and years before 911? Or would you see it as further proof that the powers-that-be were the powers behind 911, either "making it happen on purpose?" or alternately "letting it happen on purpose?"
DNC: Martinez And Abramoff: The GOP's New Direction?
Washington, DC - With disgraced former GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff headed to jail yesterday, it is clear that Washington Republicans are not ready to abandon their culture of corruption. [AP, 11/15/06] In fact, new Republican National Committee Chairman Senator Mel Martinez, who used to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) earlier in the Bush Administration, also has ties to Abramoff. Martinez was directly lobbied by convicted former GOP Congressman Bob Ney on behalf of Abramoff's clients, who ultimately received millions from HUD. Martinez has also refused to return $250,000 that Abramoff helped raise for his Senate campaign in 2004.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon
The American media establishment has launched a major offensive against the option of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.
In the latest media assault, right-wing outfits like Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page are secondary. The heaviest firepower is now coming from the most valuable square inches of media real estate in the USA -- the front page of the New York Times.
No better proof that "A Village in Texas Has Lost Its Idiot."
No better proof that the entire senior Bush Cabal are Vietnam chickenhawks who went AWOL or "had better things to do" in order to avoid the draft.
No better proof that absolute power is now held by one-dimensional COWARDS!
Lott Makes Comeback, Is Now The
GOP's New Number 2 In Senate
by Tony Peyser
Will Trent's praise of Strom
Still be one of his priorities?
Maybe he'll use his minority whip
On some actual minorities.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
The only progress made in Iraq and here at home is the progression that goes from bad to worse! Would someone please take the time to sit down and explain that to the witless wonder who calls himself the "decider"! He's a "decider" alright -- he decided to take a month-long vacation and ignore an August the 6th PDB that warned "Bin Laden determined to attack within the U.S. He decided to leave Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden behind and go headlong into a preemptive unnecessary war in Iraq. He decided not to listen to his father or his father's advisors. He decided to incarcerate people that he decided were dangerous without benefit of trial. He decided to ignore the Geneva Conventions and to adopt the torture and abuse methods of terrorists. He decided to spy on American citizens without a warrant, and on and on! Any more of his decisions, and we may all find ourselves in hell!
A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser
Butch Hancock's War and Peace
The Flatlanders hail from Texas and recorded their first album in 1972. It was an impassioned lesson in (to make up a word) underproduction and captured the heart of country music without the usual Nashville hokum. I gather they played maybe a dozen gigs for less than a year before the band folded up like that proverbial cheap card table. That debut album was heard by very few folks and was presumed lost. It didn't have a real release until 1990 when it fittingly came out with the title More A Legend Than A Band. The Flatlanders didn't get around to their sophomore effort, Now and Again, until 2002. A third release, Wheels Of Fortune, came out a mere two years later, which was followed that same year by a live CD of a 1972 performance in front of a small club audience. All of the sudden, the long MIA Flatlanders were inching towards being, dare I say, overexposed.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Injured Keys woman unable to get care for 3 days: A woman with a broken hip lay for three days in an ER bed in the Keys before a mainland hospital could be found to take her case. (Miami Herald - registration required)
This is what's happening daily to citizens of Iraq, except in Iraq, the US has destroyed hospitals and rationed food and medicine. Why didn't they attack the morgues in Iraq, I wonder? Maybe those people aren't dead enough.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
It's not a good time to be a Senate Republican. After losing their majority despite their 50-50 tie-breaking advantage resulting from Cheney, they have just voted in a pair of dolts for their top leaders.