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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.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

After a slightly hairy flight from Cancun, Mexico, to Havana, Cuba, Col. Ann Wright, Medea Benjamin, Adele Welty (Son, Timmy was a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty on 9/11 -- and she is a member of 9-11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows), Tiffany Burns and I arrived safely and got immediately down to business.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

Or, Why Sending 20,000 More Troops Is Just a Drop in a Bucket ... of Blood

Re: The President's Apparent Decision To "Pull a Johnson" and Escalate the Number of Troops in Iraq

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Whoops, another "coalition of the willing" exodus! "Blair refuses to match US troop ‘surge' in Iraq."

POWER PLAYS -- WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.

Cuba Reaches 50% Self-sufficiency in Oil Consumption (mercopress)

Cuba reached its target of 3.9 million tons of oil and gas in 2006, while foreign companies in association with the local Cubapetroleo, CUPET, corporation continue exploration in 30 other wells, reported Havana authorities. The volume represents 50% of domestic consumption and seven times oil and gas production in 1990, totaling annual savings of 260 million US dollars for the battered Cuban economy, according to vice president Carlos Lage. A spokesperson for CUPET announced that twelve new wells are scheduled to be drilled this year in western Cuba where most proven reserves are, which should help bring CUPET's production to 2.2 million tons annually. Oil exploration in Cuba took off some fifteen years ago with Canadian corporations but has intensified in the last few years with the inclusion of new foreign companies which are mostly operating in the island's Gulf of Mexico EEZ which covers 112.000 square kilometers. ... According to CUPET Cuba's daily consumption of oil is 180.000 barrels of which it produces 80.000 barrels, with high sulphur content and is mostly used for electricity generation. The other 100.000 barrels are provided by Venezuela at preferential prices and which Cuba repays by sending doctors, teachers, nurses, sports coaches and other support personnel following an agreement signed in 2002.

A BUZZFASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

Yesterday, January 6, 2007, Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, two-thirds of the trio of tyranny (along with Brother-in-Arms, George W. Bush), held a press conference at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. They were there to hawk the deployment of an increased sustainable (but unknown) number of American troops to Iraq. The war-hawk duo insisted their decision to go forth with an increase in troop strength resulted from their recent trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. The latter being a logical stop for Joe Lieberman, an avowed zionist.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

How many years and lies ago was it that Bush stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier – as part of a perfectly choreographed Rovian media "money shot" moment – and declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over and that the "mission" had been accomplished?

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Reading Between The Lies

by Tony Peyser

"We welcome new ideas about Iraq "
And other hooey Bush "wrote" in his op-ed
Are just other ways the White House tells
War opponents to screw off and drop dead.

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