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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 02:16

Norman Solomon: Iraq Is Not a Quagmire

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

The uproar over Bob Woodward's new book has intensified the media focus on a basic controversy that's summed up this way: Is Iraq a quagmire?

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

You would think that with the GOP betrayal of our youth still red hot in the news, the Republican leadership wouldn’t be raising money for a Congressman who last year was outed for allegedly trying to strangle his mistress.

NEWS RELEASE

DNC: Where’s The Outrage?

Washington, DC – In the wake of a scandal involving Republican Congressman Tom Foley’s inappropriate and criminal communications with underage Congressional pages, it is clear that the leaders of both the GOP House re-election committee and the Speaker of the House knew that Foley had engaged in behavior that was, at best, highly questionable. According to ABC News, a Republican staffer warned pages about Foley five years ago. Statements from House Republican leaders indicate that they knew of Foley’s behavior but did not act to stop Congressman Foley at the time that they first learned about the inappropriate emails.

Monday, 02 October 2006 08:35

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 2, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Molly Ivins Column

Molly's column of Sept. 28 was about torture. She was commenting on why the press is not talking about this more. The other night Andersen Cooper had an interview with the Canadian who was picked up and tortured. Before the interview he was saying that though they have and are discussing this issue many don't because of ratings. Apparently people tend to turn the channel when the topic comes to torture.

It seems people would rather not hear about to salve a guilty conscience than to face the subject head on. This leaves the hatemongering spin misters like Limbaugh to make fun of and light of this and how it's needed to fight the war on terror.

This info gets to the least informed and more reactionary elements in the country who listen to garbage like this. And since they watch Fox and have their prejudices re-enforced and won't get told the other side of the issue due to the MSM not reporting it due to ratings, we are not getting the balance of information. People just are either turning it off and only one side is heard.

Because of the seriousness of the issue this is what is the most tragic in the whole debate. Ignorance.

D. Lake
Machesney Park, Il


A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Ronald B. Weinert, Col, USAFR (Retired)

Dear Senator McCain:

You have sullied the reputation of the country as well as your own by your participation in the charade you and your cohort senators (Graham and Warner) call a "compromise" on S3931. There was precious little compromise, it appears. The man in the White House now has the "legal" capability to name anyone he so desires as a terrorist threat, and to subject that individual to whatever "aggressive interrogation" he deems fit. You admitted in a statement on a Sunday news show that you did not know what "techniques" might be employed. That is truly amazing. You don't know? Do you even care?

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZ

"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction." That was Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), commenting on President Clinton after the Starr Report was released in 1998. Be careful of the things you say, for sooner or later they could come back to bite you in the ass! “Six-term Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida resigned from the U.S. Congress on Friday following reports he sent sexually inappropriate e-mails to underage male congressional interns.” Resignations from those Representatives who enabled Foley’s behavior by covering it up should be the next order of business in The United States Congressional House, unless of course the Repuglicans are enjoying the reputation of being PIMPS!

Monday, 02 October 2006 03:47

Congressman Foley Overreacts to Liberal Media Smear!

Written by

THE ANGRY LIBERAL

I’ve thought over the predicament that former Florida Rep. Mark Foley finds himself in and I can’t help but wonder if he wasn’t a bit hasty with his resignation, which was based on a cheap liberal smear. I mean, what did he do that his constituents would find so terrible?

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

GOP Congressman Resigns Over Explicit Messages To Minors

by Tony Peyser

Representative Mark Foley is gone because of e-mails
Which his party wishes had all been sent to females.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH FOR OCTOBER 2, 2006

1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy--TALIBAN BACK IN BUSINESS IN BORDER AREAS (President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's controversial peace deal with Pakistan-based Taliban has already resulted in a new assertiveness by the 'Islamic Scholars' in the Waziristan agency which borders Afghanistan. On Thursday, an Afghan national identified as Malang Khan was shot dead by Taliban vigilantes for allegedly spying for the United States army. "Malang had been spying on the Taliban in the North and South Waziristan agencies for Americans. A satellite phone set has also been recovered from him," said a note pinned to his body. Khan's bullet-riddled body was discovered in Khadi village on the road that leads to Mirali town from Miramshah, capital of North Waziristan agency. The note warned that all spies would meet the same fate. ... . The Taliban are now showing every intention of taking over administrative control of the Pashtun-dominated semi-autonomous North and South Waziristan. One pamphlet distributed on Wednesday said: "There is complete lawlessness in the area and crimes have increased. So after the peace accord, Taliban has set up an office to serve residents of the area and restore peace." The office, complete with telephone facilities, has been set up within the premises of the main bus stand in Miramshah. And the local Taliban Shura [council] has constituted a committee to jointly run the office. That the Taliban have the blessing of the Pakistan government has become clear with military authorities returning automatic rifles and other material seized from a madrassa [seminary] run by the Afghan Jehadi commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqani here on Wednesday morning.)

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
by Shirley Smith

The Republican Party knew about Foley, they just couldn't wipe his reputation clean in the same way they wiped Bush's AWOL military records clean (and who knows what else has been cleaned up by Poppy Bush and his friends).

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