A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
I was a woman and in the Air Force. ... I ... understood that the reason why the American military is the proudest and the most fierce fighting force on the planet is because we feel like we’re doing a legitimate job for a legitimate government. When you look at why the Iraqis won’t fight, they don’t feel like they’re legitimate, and they don’t feel they’re fighting for a legitimate government. ... Plus, I can’t imagine being on foreign soil making thirteen hundred dollars a month, with a family at home, car payments and house payments and the whole nine yards, and serving next to a guy who’s getting eighty grand to pump gas. In my military experience, that can’t happen. You don’t serve alongside somebody who’s making eighty grand to put the gas in the vehicle. I put the gas in the plane. I put the jet fuel in the plane. I put the oxygen in the airplane. I can’t imagine having to serve with somebody who is making a fricking fortune and is on the payroll of the company, not the country. That screws up the entire camaraderie, the entire feeling that you are a legitimate fighting force. All of a sudden, you see it’s for profit, and you don’t feel legitimate anymore.
by Carol Davidek-Waller
When reporter David Gregory asked a simple, obvious question of the president, why Bush should be considered a credible source on terrorism, he was accused by him of endangering the lives of his own children.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Now this is what my grandmother would say is throwing good money after bad!!! Throwing the "good money", "The U.S. Congress approved a multi-billion dollar Iraq war budget Thursday, after bowing to U.S. president George W. Bush." Are you really ready to hear about the billions he's wasted -- "Congress demanded on Tuesday that the Bush administration explain how billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayers' money had gone missing in Iraq in what they called a disastrous effort to rebuild the country." It leaves one wondering just who are the newest billionaires??? Not only has he destroyed the Middle East, but George Bush is also destroying America as well!!! Tell Congress to puhleeezzzz "JUST SAY NO" to any more Bush demands while we still have a country left to salvage!
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Dr. James Holsinger was tapped by President Bush Thursday to be the nation's next Surgeon General. Sure enough, Holsinger's record is mired with incompetence, zealous conservatism, and, of course, sizable campaign contributions to Republicans.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo
On Tuesday night, attendees at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills witnessed an invigorating match of wit and wisdom, as Al Gore sat down with Harry Shearer to discuss Gore's latest book, "The Assault On Reason." Believe me, sitting down with Harry Shearer is no easy task, for there is no such thing as a banal discussion with Harry. In fact, anyone who knows Harry Shearer is keenly aware of his astute, well-studied social commentary, and hysterically funny spot-on political satire.
Holy Fallujah! Sheesh! Words fails me.
I mean -- what the heck?
Bush isn't just playing the fear card
He's using the whole deck.
The photo that accompanies this story
Seems like an odd one to pick:
Instead of the parents, Mary & Heather,
It's the baby with Lynn & Dick.
Yeah, they're proud of their grandchild
But don't feel this is the place
To bring up the, uh, whole lesbian thing
And upset their GOP base.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong
MYANMAR DROPS A NUCLEAR 'BOMBSHELL'
Myanmar's military leaders have never made a secret of their interest in developing a domestic nuclear-energy industry. Plans to buy a nuclear reactor from Russia have been in the pipeline for years, and this month in Moscow the two sides formally resurrected those controversial plans.
Myanmar's move notably comes at a time when both Iran and North Korea have raised US hackles through their nuclear programs. Washington in recent years has referred to Myanmar as an "outpost of tyranny" and maintains trade and investment sanctions against the military regime. Some political analysts are already speculating whether Myanmar might try to use the threat of re-gearing its nuclear test reactor to reproduce weapons as a way to counteract US-led pressure for political change. ... . In recent years, Myanmar has sent emissaries abroad to explore different options for developing a nuclear reactor and avenues for acquiring nuclear technology, according to Western diplomats tracking the junta's nuclear plans. They contend that this year Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Too made a low-profile visit to Iran in the regime's search for nuclear technology and materials. Myanmar's close contacts with Pakistan have also recently come under diplomatic scrutiny. Western diplomats based in Islamabad say they are convinced that the junta's desire to acquire nuclear know-how has been a central focus of the budding bilateral relationship. Pakistani officials have fervently denied that they are in any way abetting Myanmar's nuclear ambitions. But widespread rumors that two Pakistani nuclear scientists accused of nuclear proliferation were given sanctuary in Myanmar in 2003 still linger. More ominous have been the growing contacts between Myanmar and North Korea - last month the countries formally re-established diplomatic relations.