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Monday, 24 July 2006 04:48

Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minute for July 24, 2006

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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

If you really want to know where civil rights in America is headed have a look at what the Bush administration is doing to the civil rights division at the Justice Dept. -- "... defenders of the Bush administration say there is nothing improper about the winner of a presidential election staffing government positions with like-minded officials. ... 'The clear emphasis has been to hire individuals with conservative credentials ... If anything, a civil rights background is considered a liability.' ... 'this administration has, all too often, hired inexperienced ideologues, virtually none of which have any civil rights or voting rights experiences.'" Obviously the "like-minded officials" aren't interested in civil rights!!!

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According to White House chief of staff, Josh Bolten, "... where we are headed, we hope, is toward an Iraq that is a multi-ethnic democracy that will be a strong ally for the United States in the war on terror and not a cooperator in the propagation of terror that, that Iran is responsible for." Emphasis here on the words, "we hope" -- "we hope" for God's sake, Bush and Cheney should have KNOWN, before they waged a preemptive, unnecessary war! A war that defied the acceptable norms, a war that was offensive rather than defensive! They should have known all the ins and outs, before invading another country willy-nilly without a plan!

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It never ceases to amaze me how arrogantly and not so subtly those in the Bush administration shift the blame for all the mistakes and misjudgments Bush and this administration are responsible for making!!! If not to the military with statements such as, "the president has always said, that the commanders on the ground will make the judgments about what force levels are needed to sustain our commitment there and, and achieve the victory that's crucial," then it's to the Iraqis themselves with those infamous words from Bush himself, "when the Iraqis stand up, we'll stand down"! The name of the game for this administration is; the "Buck" always stops somewhere, anywhere, other than Bush!

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As usual when the Bush administration attempts to rewrite history it becomes almost comical! The newest Bush White House chief of staff, Josh Bolten on Meet the Press had this to say -- "the president on this issue is not going to be driven, as, as on any other issue, is not going to be driven by polls." That statement initiated the biggest belly laugh so far, especially since the only reason Bolten is sitting in that chair, in that position, is because of Bush's sagging poll numbers! And I might add that change has done nothing to improve the complete and utter mess in Iraq, it has done nothing to boost those "how low can you go" poll numbers!!!

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The further Bush says we are in Iraq, the behinder we get! You can call it "sectarian violence" or "civil war" -- either way American soldiers are caught in the middle of the biggest blunder ever made by an American president!! Over 2500 American soldiers dead, thousands of innocent Iraqis dead, a country ripped apart, an American president without a clue, things are not getting any better, and now we see the chaos spreading to include the entire Middle-East. To say Bush opened Pandora's box is an understatement!

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Afghanistan is erupting, Iraq is chaos, Iran is threatening, Israel and Hezbollah are exchanging rockets and bombs, Lebanon is burning, Syria is posturing, innocent people are dying, jobs are being shipped overseas, the environment is suffering, Global warming is a literal reality, health care costs are sky-rocketing, education is under-funded, the poor are getting poorer the rich are getting richer, and George Bush is vetoing embryonic stem cell research! Now tell me that's progress!!!

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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE