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Monday, 08 January 2007 06:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 8, 2007


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Subject: Bush's Continuing War and His Speech This Week

Could you start a grassroots action where on the night of Bush's speech everyone who is against sending more troops to Iraq floods the media with write-ins and call-ins? That's what I intend to do. And keep calling on the speed dial on my cell phone over and over and over and over until they are all sick of my voice. And call your Congressmen and -women. And your Senators. Let them all know you demand a pull-out, not an escalation. And demand to know where our war dollars have been spent and don't give a dime for Iraq reconstruction until you know where the money given to this war so far has gone and how it's been spent, most likely building the new American "Vatican" in Baghdad, the permanent bases, the Green Zone hideouts, etc. As Molly Ivins said, if we want the Americans out of this war, it's up to all of us. We have no leadership.

Donna Woods
Enumclaw, WA


In a few days, George W. Bush is expected to announce his plans to boost troop levels in Iraq. Leading congressional Democrats have already signaled their disapproval of such a decision and have suggested a struggle, but by the time Bush gives his speech it may already be to late.

by Robert Weitzel

A man I once knew survived his tour of duty in Vietnam. In the privacy of a rented house trailer he drank alone until he finally had the “courage” to kill himself. I don’t know if he saw combat. He never said. I only assumed he had because when he spoke, what he said had the finality of a trigger pull. To my mind, there is only one way to acquire such certainty.


The Elections Were A Vote For Bipartisanship?

by Tony Peyser

WaPo continues to spread this lie
But we know how this story comes out:
American voters simply decided
It was time to throw all of the bums out.


"... the general surgeons are doing their work and there is the body of this Navy SEAL, which is a physical specimen to behold," he told IPS. "And his abdomen is open, they're exploring both intestines. He's missing both legs below the knee, one arm is blown off, he's got incisions on his thighs to relieve the pressure on the parts of the legs that are hopefully gonna survive and there's genital injuries, and you just want to cry." No wonder George Bush wants Americans "to go shopping"; he is desperately attempting to divert attention from the realities of the Iraqi war! If the American people knew what is really going on in this insane war, the only "SURGE" would be every American marching to Washington to tell George Bush personally, NO MORE WAR!

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Reverting to form, Democrats in Congress are cautiously trying to have it both ways so as to avoid having to take a stand on any of the issues that matter.


Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//The Scotsman, UK

Gordon Brown yesterday moved to announce himself as the pre-eminent figure in British politics, forcing Tony Blair to break his silence on the execution of Saddam Hussein and issuing what amounts to a scathing criticism of the Prime Minister's foreign policy. ... Despite growing domestic and international unease about the taunting of the former Iraqi dictator, Mr Blair adamantly refused to comment on the matter last week, insisting he would make his first public statement later this week. But yesterday, a few hours after the Chancellor said that the way the execution was handled was "completely unacceptable", Downing Street issued a statement telling how the Prime Minister also believes the manner of execution was "completely wrong". During his BBC interview, Mr Brown came as close as he ever has to admitting he now expects to be prime minister by this summer, sketching out more of his plans for government and his approach to power. And, in his boldest challenge yet to Mr Blair's waning authority, Mr Brown tacitly criticised the Prime Minister's relationship with George Bush, the US president, promising to take a much more assertive approach if he enters Downing Street later this year. ... Mr Brown dropped a significant hint about his sympathies with Mr Bush's Democrat opponents, pointing out that he has worked closely with "all the major figures of the previous US administrations".

by Brent Budowsky

One of the Democratic Party's leading pollsters, consultants and strategists is quoted in the Washington Post as advising Democrats to avoid taking a strong stand against the troop surge and escalation of the war in Iraq.

Sunday, 07 January 2007 23:29

Bush in the Bunker


In reading a BBC News Profile of Saddam Hussein from 2001, we couldn’t help but be struck by some eerie points of nexuses with George W. Bush:


As Nancy Pelosi first picked up her gavel as Speaker of the House, the Democrats finally got their "money shot" – and a masterful one it was: the first woman Speaker surrounded by a swarming group of grandchildren.

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