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by Brent Budowsky

Democrats should push back against every dishonest excuse and every evasion of responsibility by the partisan President and his acolytes who have done enough damage to our security for a lifetime.

Lets get this straight: Bill Clinton had a policy towards Korea that worked for eight years that included a strong military, and included diplomacy, and resulted in North Korea holding back from nuclear tests that have taken place on George W. Bush's watch.


In our editorial that caromed around the Internet, "Torture, Murder, Bush, Kissinger and The Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina: America on the Brink of Horror
," we warned that the legacy of U.S. governments – particularly under the Rumsfeld/Cheney/Kissinger/Bush leadership through various GOP administrations – supporting torture and murder to suppress dissent in other countries may be coming to America.

This is no idle conspiracy theory. As we pointed out in our editorial, the U.S. Congress has now given Bush enough legal maneuvering room to declare U.S. citizens supporters of terrorists. Since Bush has openly accused any American who disagrees with his disastrous "war on terror" a "tool of the terrorists," he is legally now able to "disappear" us. This is not idle theory. We no longer have the protection of habeas corpus, if Bush invokes his powers to fight "terror."


I’m tempted to say they’re [the Bush Administration and Republican Congress are] spending money now like drunken sailors, but that’s not true, because drunken sailors spend their own money. These people are spending our children's and our grandchildren’s money. That’s immoral and wrong and corrupt. -- Richard Viguerie, Father of the Conservative Direct Mail Fund-raising Machine


DNC: Bush Absent On Protecting America's School Children

Washington, DC - Today, in the wake of a spate of school shootings, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will participate in a panel on school safety in Chevy Chase, MD. Despite the President's newfound attention to this crucial issue, his Administration has not taken the safety of our classrooms very seriously over the last five years. Funding for the Cops in Schools Program has been slashed on numerous occasions under the watch of President Bush and his GOP Congress. At the same time, gun violence is on the rise.


DNC: The Buck Stops Where? Speaker Hastert's Doubletalk On Foley Scandal

Washington, DC - Last week, House Republican Speaker Denny Hastert said that the buck stops with him when it comes to the cover-up of the scandal involving disgraced former GOP Congressman Mark Foley. He then went on to say that he hadn't "done anything wrong." Today, during his second press conference on the matter, Hastert again refused to take responsibility for the Foley cover-up. He blamed his staff, said nothing wrong was done and then said that the scandal was not significant because Foley's contact with some of the Congressional pages happened after they left Washington.

Tuesday, 10 October 2006 05:20

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 10, 2006


Subject: Laughing and Barfing

The Republicans have been making me feel a strange hybrid emotion for which I had no term. It is uncomfortable not to be able to identify my emotions, so I began to search for a term that seemed appropriate for their many excuses.


How To Spin Sen. Allen's Not Disclosing Stock Options

by Tony Peyser

Yeah, this is another bad headline
That won't bring any good news
But at least this time George didn't
Disparage any Blacks or Jews.

by Michael Winship

The most interesting electronic mail of the last couple of weeks hasn't been the sorry collection of Instant Messages sent by former Rep. Mark Foley to male pages, his billets-fou to the post-pubescent. (As Robin Williams said on David Letterman Monday night, "Time to get our boys out of Congress.")


Hmm, just have to wonder, has Senator John Warner joined that elite group that have finally decided, "Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me, you can't fool me again"! Have they finally seen what we've all known since the get go? Have they finally decided America is more important than George Bush? Have they finally decided to become the statesmen they were elected to be? One can only hope!

Tuesday, 10 October 2006 02:05

Norman Solomon: Welcome to the Nuclear Club

by Norman Solomon

Moments after hearing about North Korea's nuclear test, I thought of Albert Einstein's statement that "there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world."

During the six decades since Einstein spoke, experience has shown that such understanding and insistence cannot be filtered through the grid of hypocrisy. Nuclear weapons can't be controlled by saying, in effect, "Do as we say, not as we do." By developing their own nuclear weaponry, one nation after another has replied to the nuclear-armed states: Whatever you say, we'll do as you've done.

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