A Shout-Out To The Bushies Who Question The Patriotism Of Anti-War Americans
by Tony Peyser
You think we're stupid
You think we're dopes
We support our troops
But not your tropes.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Hmm, democracy in the Middle East would actually be disastrous for the U.S. and its allies! "... few Middle East experts believe that Bush really would want the results of truly democratic elections in the region because Islamic militants would almost surely win resoundingly amid the anti-Americanism that has grown even more intense since the hanging of Saddam Hussein in late December. An Israeli assault on Iran could put the region's remaining pro-American dictators in jeopardy, too. In Pakistan, for instance, Islamic militants with ties to al-Qaeda have been gaining strength and might try to overthrow Gen. Pervez Musharraf, conceivably giving Islamic terrorists control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. For some U.S. foreign policy experts, this potential for disaster from a U.S.-backed Israeli air strike on Iran is so terrifying that they ultimately don't believe Bush and Olmert would dare implement such the plan." Don't count on sanity or the threat of "potential disaster" to prevail, remember this is George Bush and thus far there hasn't been anything sane in the "strategeries" he's come up with, it's been nothing but one disaster after the other!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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In a most contradictory fashion, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard-line government has unexpectedly revived the support for reforms in Iran, both domestically and internationally. Inside the country's political arena the extravagant self-reliance of Ahmadinejad's extremist approach toward cultural and political issues, followed by widespread international condemnation, has resulted in a dramatic retreat by many prominent political figures in the Islamic Republic from their previous conservative positions to more flexible ones Ex-president (1989-1997) and current head of the powerful Expediency Discernment Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, could be singled out as the most iconic political figure to definitively take a step back from Ahmadinejad's policies. Rafsanjani is considered as one of the most influential architects of the Islamic Republic's political system, and is a long-time ally of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ... A conservative figure throughout his presidency, Rafsanjani's tough approach toward social and political freedom once spawned the reformist movement led by Mohammad Khatami. ... The tendency to adopt a semi-reformist approach in the conservative ranks has paralleled concerns among the minority reformist Khatami supporters. According to many observers, a coalition between the two traditional rivals against the hard-line government is probable.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
Now that she's gone, it's a battle between the Christian cross and the Nike swoosh to replace her as the national symbol of our beliefs and values. We took her for granted, no doubt, but she was always there, in the palm of our hands, the very image of our unspoken, sometimes even unconscious, communion with the ideals and destiny of America.
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
"The 100 Hours" of the new Democratic House of Representatives is beginning just about now as I write this. The primary significance of "The 100 Hours" is that the legislative block of time exists. As much as the Republicans and their Privatized Ministry of Propaganda would like the public to think that the 100 hours are clock hours and the clock began ticking with the ceremonies opening the Congress took place on Jan. 4, the plan has always been that they are legislative hours, to begin when the first session of the 110th Congress is convened. The significance is that the House Democrats under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi have a plan, and it is a plan for dealing with substantive issues, six of them. The significance of "The 100 Hours" is that it is focused on substance, on enacting legislation, totally unlike Gingrich's "Contract on America." In the latter, six of its eight (not ten as is commonly thought) provisions dealt with Congressional processes, not substance.
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Subject: Bush's Mission Accomplished
I would like to see a TV spot repeatedly showing our glorious macho-chicken leader in his "Mission Accomplished" visual, followed by a screen with the words "So what the hell are we doing in Iraq?"
There has been no accounting for the money which has been poured into the Iraq whirlpool. It should be remembered that the Bush clan has benefited from our wars for generations; it is in their genes to profit while others sacrifice.
All the billions previously voted to "support our troops" have been squandered and spent otherwise. The time has come to just say "NO"! We have tolerated the leadership of a cadre of fools long enough. If cutting off the money is the only way to stop them, then cut and let the billionaires pay their own way in Iraq if they want to stay there. Bring our kids home!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
I was awakened Monday morning by the smell of gas.
My first impulse was to go to the kitchen and check whether any of the knobs on the stove accidentally had been opened, leaking gas into my Manhattan apartment. Nope. Then I opened the front door to see if the heavy smell was out in the hallway, too. It was.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by John F. Williford
(as sent to Rep. Jay Inslee)
I've watched in stunned amazement statements by Senator Biden, saying the idea of dumping more of our troops into it isn't likely to stall the meat grinder of Iraq (Obviously, I'm paraphrasing); but, as Mr. Bush is Commander-in-Chief, there isn't anything Congress can do about it. WHAT?
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Davidek-Waller
This week our president is going to make a speech in which he will try and drag the Americans deeper into his Iraqi quagmire. He wants to escalate military operations. The timing is suspicious. The strategy is simple and devilish.