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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 04:28

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 2, 2007

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Subject: Read the AEI Report About Winning in Iraq

Read the report by AEI -- Choosing Victory (American Enterprise Institute)

This tells me that Bush has made up his mind, and his speech to America will be taken out of this report.

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R. Aschmotat
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

[BuzzFlash Note: Thanks for the post-New Years' Eve sobering thought. This does seem like Bush's blueprint. Don't overlook this part: "A surge of seven Army brigades and Marine regiments to support clear-and-hold operations starting in the spring of 2007 is necessary, possible, and will be sufficient. These forces, partnered with Iraqi units, will clear critical Sunni and mixed Sunni-Shi’a neighborhoods, primarily on the west side of the city. After the neighborhoods have been cleared, U.S. soldiers and Marines, again partnered with Iraqis, will remain behind to maintain security."]

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Gerald Ford is dead. Every time I get a chance to turn on the TV I am incessantly reminded of this fact.

His body is lying in state on the same structure that has held up every dead president's body since Abraham Lincoln. His widow constantly has a military honor guard to support her, sometimes even physically. The flag draped coffin is never left alone: there is always a military presence there to guard and honor the body. We have seen Ford's flag-draped coffin entering and exiting planes and cars. The tradition can be quite moving at times, but, to me, also quite frustrating and gut-wrenching.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Cheney Says Ford Understood "There Can Be No Healing Without Pardon"

by Tony Peyser

Gee, Dick, I kinda think
Another way to heal certain scars
Is if crooked politicians
Wind up doing time behind bars.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

The days from Christmas to New Year's saw the deaths of so many well-known people that an editor at a New York City TV station where a friend of mine works was getting frantic.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

Americans from the left and right might think about why the broad American public shares a national moment, in honor of Gerald Ford as a symbol for decency and respect that has far too often been lost in recent years.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Gerald Ford, an incompetent, never-elected past-president, was memorialized by one of his good buddies, and close confidantes, Dastardly Dick. The execution of Saddam Hussein is being celebrated by a blood thirsty media and another never elected, execution-happy, incompetent president. Dozens, if not hundreds more innocent Iraqis were killed today and the 3000th soldier crossed the threshold from life into the next world, more than likely.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Bush Was Allegedly Asleep When Saddam Was Hung

by Tony Peyser

As far as explanations go
That qualifies as a queer one
Translation: he passed out
After Condi's second beer run.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Heather Wokusch, author of The Progressives' Handbook

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." - attributed to Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Stephen Crockett

The pardon of Richard Nixon by President Gerald Ford started this nation on the path that eventually gave us the Constitutional abuses of George W Bush. The current media frenzy supporting the pardon is both simplistic and illogical.

NEWS RELEASE

AT&T’s agreement to Net Neutrality as a condition of their merger with Bell South was a huge victory for Internet freedom. It also debunks a top myth told to the public by Internet freedom opponents like AT&T: that Net Neutrality can’t be defined. It can be – AT&T just did it.

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