Subject: 14 'Enduring Bases' Set in Iraq
14 `enduring bases' set in Iraq: Long-term military presence planned (Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2004/globalsecurity.org)
I think it's quite evident from the article above (and many others like it), that the REAL reason we don't plan to leave Iraq -- ever -- is that we expect to dominate the entire area with our many military bases in Iraq.
How many stories have we read about the fact the contractors work 24/7 on our bases, using power that the Iraqi citizens desperately need? Is it any wonder they hate us?
Somehow we need to spread the word that this is the real reason we're not leaving Iraq. How many Americans even know about this?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Students at charter schools performed significantly worse than students at traditional public schools, according to a study released yesterday by the Department of Education. The research was based on results from the "nation's report card" - the National Assessment of Educational Progress test.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by A BuzzFlash Reader
I still can't believe this crazy, ignorant bast$#d. I was shocked by the "re-election" and everything before and since. I'm a 49-yr.-old female small business owner for the last 10 years. In his time in office everything has tripled!! We've been lied to, over and over, and I'M SICK OF IT! He thinks we are all as stupid as him. He has the whole world hating us. Attacking Iraq was CRAZY!! Hey world...I did not vote for this nut! I have everything I own up for sale. I plan on retiring to a grocery cart. I plan on pushing it up and down 1600 Pennslyvania Ave. screaming at the top of my lungs all of the crap that he has screwed up! I know I'll go to jail but I don't care. I think the USA needs its own revolution and soon! Why delay the obvious? Anyone care to join me??? Grab a cart, let's go.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Top State Dept. Official Met Secretly With Watergate Journalist About Valerie Plame
by Tony Peyser
At this point, it's quite clear from whom
Bob Woodward was getting his orders
The book about this should be called
"All The President's Reporters."
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"... the United States is losing a marketing campaign to people who live in caves ..." says CBS News analyst Reza Aslan to Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show"! It speaks volumes about the "regular guys" perched in the White House and their lack of intellectual capacity! It's time to clean house, time for a change, time to get some leadership in Washington, time to return statesmanship to government in America!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Daily Star, Lebanon--CABINET DIVIDED OVER AUDACIOUS PLAN TO CHALLENGE BLOCKADE (One of two Hizbullah members in the Cabinet said Tuesday the government may attempt to break the Israeli naval and air blockade by calling on ships and aircraft to travel to Lebanese ports without prior Israeli approval. The government has condemned the blockade, saying it violates the UN cease-fire resolution, and the foreign minister Tuesday called on the international community to force Israel to end the blockade. The Cabinet met late Monday but did not publicly challenge the blockade, although it called the siege one of Israel's "terrorist practices." "Entry to Lebanon by sea and from air is a matter of sovereignty," Labor Minister Tarrad Hamadeh said during an interview with Hizbullah's Al-Manar television station. Hamadeh said the Lebanese "must be free to enter their country at will. "We cannot accept the siege and blackmail." Israel imposed a sea, land and air blockade of Lebanon early on in its July 12-August 14 offensive against the country. Israeli warplanes have attacked seaports and intercepted ships, allowing the arrival of only those that apply for and are granted the privilege. ... But Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat said Cabinet will not take such a decision. He added that ministers are divided between those who wish to challenge the Israeli blockade and those who favor diplomatic means.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
One of our staffers wrote a refutation of the newest GOP ad aimed at terrorizing the American public.
Progressives need to understand that these fear tactics work on the great mass of America, because television is the media that can push emotional hot buttons without benefit of the brain -- and because most Americans watch a lot of television.
The U.S. troop fatality count has quietly passed 2600 this month. The mainstream media showed great discretion in not mentioning it in favor of endless discussion of a little girl who has been dead for 10 years.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
As they've said, Republicans are trying to make national security their main issue for the upcoming midterm elections. Unfortunately for them, they've been failing miserably on security for years. Accordingly, a recent video advertisement posted on the Republican Party's website, "A Safer America," seems more like a sad, desperate parody of this administration than a reasoned attack on Democrats.
News from the Democratic National Committee:
Bush Renounces Smears, But Will Cheney, Rove and Mehlman Follow?