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A motley association of extreme-right wing members of the European Parliament (MEPs) announced they will form a parliamentary group, enabling them to qualify for EU funding and support. The group, to be called "Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty" (ITS), will broadly oppose immigration, Turkish accession to the EU, and the European constitution. It will focus on "defending Christian values, the family, and European civilization," EU French National Front MEP Bruno Gollnisch said.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart, author of Wag the Dog and Fog Facts
It may be true that the consequences of "losing" Iraq will be very grave.
Bush Tries To Justify "Surge" By Talking About How Iraqis Went To The Polls
by Tony Peyser
I think at this horrible juncture
It's high time this is duly noted:
If your country's in a civil war
It doesn't matter if you've voted.
Look out, citizens. Here comes George W. Bush's "new world order." It's the escalation and "surge" that Bush tried to defend in his address to the nation Wednesday night -- but, it's also, oh, so much more.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stood at a podium Thursday morning to put some meat on the bones of the long-delayed and much anticipated new Iraq policy that Bush has decided on. In fact, their comments went much further, giving us an explicit Bush plan of digging in deeper in Iraq AND expanding America's role in the region further.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Korreck
When Lincoln dedicated the military cemetery at Gettysburg he passionately stated: "... that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
I repeat his words: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Ponder that. Let it sink in.
For every Democrat now in office, the blood of each soldier since November is on your hands. It is time to cast aside your quest for power and popularity, and your passivity. The people have spoken - loudly!
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Subject: Bush's Speech
George Bush admitted nothing insofar as mistakes he made. He never said that the whole disaster was a mistake from the get go and he will stand by his lies until he is called upon to admit them. The MSM has abjectly failed in its purpose by only attacking the message and not the messenger. When they rise up to the challenge and demand with a unified voice that this man and his acolytes be removed from office, maybe then our faith will be restored; until then thank heavens for BUZZFLASH!!
Bless you for speaking the truth.
Ruth and Joe Gottlieb
Laguna Woods, CA
from the Democatic National Committee
Citing the Denver host committee's strong bid and growing Democratic gains in the Rocky Mountain West, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today announced that Denver will host the 2008 Democratic National Convention Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
An outraged world watches George Bush again show his contempt and scorn for our voters, commanders and standards as a Nation and our answer should be this:
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
How exactly do you get rid of someone who can implicate you in multiple crimes and testify against you? Why you invade his country and have him executed, that's how!!! "...Hussein's silence was golden for the international arms dealers who supplied his regime and for government officials who facilitated the shipments. Former President George H.W. Bush, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and current Defense Secretary Robert Gates were among those who could breathe a little easier after the hangman's noose had choked the life out of Hussein. The elder George Bush, as Vice President, allegedly oversaw a covert U.S. operation to assist Hussein's war machine during the eight year Iran-Iraq War; Rumsfeld, as special U.S. envoy to the Middle East, had private chats with the Iraqi dictator about his war needs; and Gates, as a senior CIA official, reportedly rebuffed Israeli protests about U.S. tolerance for third-country military shipments to Iraq, including precursor chemicals." And some continue to wonder why they hate us!