A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Curtis Bell
Amre Moussa, the Foreign Minister of Egypt, warned us before we began the war in Iraq that the war would "open the gates of hell," and it has. The news from Iraq is a daily list of horrors. The war has destabilized the region and has made the whole world less safe. Americans have finally recognized all this and have turned against the war and the US occupation. Americans are motivated now to reflect on what happened, and there are some deep lessons to be learned.
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Subject: Baby Bush's Library a Monument to Ignorance
I am so angry about the EPA dismantling their libraries and dispersing (destroying?) the material therein! This ranks right up there with the baby bush administration record in Iraq of not protecting the museum in Baghdad, the libraries, and the universities, and with the destruction of archaeological sites by our army. Baby bush and his administration clearly have a place in history with the Goths, the Vandals, and barbarians in general as far as destroying knowledge and civilization! Perhaps someone could save a report from one of the EPA libraries to be put in the baby bush library as an exhibit of one of his knowledge-destroying successes. His library will be a monument to ignorance!
R. M. Johnson
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
So much for all the hype surrounding the Iraq Study Group report, which identified the various problems in Iraq and urged the need to change course. The results forced George Bush to end his denials about the harsh realities, but he is still refusing to change anything other than his rhetoric.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dennis Loo
Edited excerpt from Chapter Five "Defending the Indefensible: Torture and the American Empire," in Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, by Dennis Loo and Peter Phillips, Eds., Seven Stories Press, NY.
JEFFREY FELDMAN'S FRAMESHOP
The first and most noticeable framing issue in the ISG Report is the almost complete absence of the word "freedom."
Whereas "freedom" has been repeated and repeated by President Bush just about every time he talks about his policy in Iraq, the new report from the Iraq Study Group avoids this word.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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She may be the troublemaking, free-spirited rebel of the family, but Mariela Castro is seen by some as the future of Cuban socialism. While her father, Raúl Castro, has become the de facto leader of the country, with her uncle, the ailing president, Fidel, too sick to wield power, people are already looking to the next generation. Fidel Castro is 80 and his brother Raúl five years younger, whereas Ms Castro, a leading academic and campaigner for gay and lesbian rights, is among a group of more youthful political leaders, including Carlos Lage, the prime minister, and Abel Prieto, the culture minister, who are all in their forties. Among the Castro faithful, it is hoped they may be able to reinvent and rejuvenate Cuban socialism to address the economic problems faced by the island. Ms Castro, 43, brings an air of youthful passion, an expectation of change and glasnost, to a country in the process of saying a long farewell to its ageing revolutionaries. ... Mariela Castro may prove to be a liberal influence on her father Raúl, Cuba's acting president. Opinion is divided over which direction Raúl will take Cuba once his brother Fidel dies. Some believe he will adopt a more pragmatic, "softer" approach, allowing more market freedom and hoping for a Chinese-style economic boom. But others point to a comment by Fidel in 1997 - when he said: "Behind me are others more radical than I" - as evidence he could be more revolutionary. ... However, he appears to plan a more collective style of leadership, bringing in other leading figures from the communist party. And he is said to respect his daughter's more liberal views. She is thought to have been a fan of Perestroika, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's attempt to turn the USSR's command economy into a decentralised market-oriented one in the 1980s.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"James A. Baker III said for the first time yesterday that the Iraq Study Group remains committed to democracy in Iraq, as he and Co-Chairman Lee H. Hamilton offered conciliatory words to a Bush administration that has reacted coolly to the panel's key recommendations." What about a commitment to democracy right here in America??? For God's sake, why can't they just say it like it is? Poppy sent them in to save his boy once again! And once again, the arrogant little ass is determined to fail! The horror of it all is the very fact that America, and now the world, is caught up in the irrational competition of a son seeking to best his father. Given the less than capable abilities the son has to work with, he lost this psychological battle before it even began! In that ridiculous if not horrific process, we the American people have lost our sons and daughters in a preemptive unnecessary war, we've lost our rights as a country to claim good over evil, we've lost our freedoms and our democracy, and all because of some over-indulged, ne'er do well, spoiled brat, narcissistic bully who never became a man! Choosing to save the rear end of one immature son over saving the country and thus the world is neither noble nor is it patriotic, but it's damn sure business as usual for the Bushes!
President Insists Iraq War Isn't Failing, Just "Not Succeeding Fast Enough"
by Tony Peyser
This weird and absurdly spun explanation
Is yet another bizarre attempt to mislead
Like Bush saying he was never a drunk;
His sobriety just needed to pick up speed.
by Cindy Sheehan
On Friday, December 8th, after 4 and 1?2 long days, the jury in the trial of the "Pink 4," which includes me, Medea Benjamin, Gold Star Aunty Missy Beattie and Reverend Patty Ackerman, finally received our case for deliberation at about 2:30 PM. The judge summoned us back into the courtroom at 6:15 PM and we were excited for the verdict, only to learn that the jury had not yet reached their verdict and we would be staying in NYC until at least Monday when the jury would continue its deliberations on the 5 counts for each of us.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
In the waning hours of his term as Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld still doesn't get it. Disgraced in failure and fired by George W. Bush, Rumsfeld spoke about his experiences during a farewell talk today at the Pentagon. (seriously, how bad do you have to be for Bush to boot you for incompetence?)