WORLD MEDIA WATCH
As much as the Bush administration is trying to find an "honorable" way out of Iraq, there does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, every week the tunnel of the Middle East gets darker for the United States. President George W Bush is desperately trying to formulate a "Sunni front" to confront Iran in Iraq and Lebanon. Lebanon itself is edging toward political collapse. At this crucial moment, the US needs to adopt a radical approach to deal with a new breed of three radical Shi'ite leaders: President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah Party and Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Jaish al-Mehdi (Mehdi Army). ... These three Shi'ite leaders do not follow Washington's political template. They are playing political hardball in which they see only one result - victory. In turn, the US requires an unusual - indeed radical - approach that would recognize the legitimacy of the leaders and allow for their accommodation. Such accommodation would result in the US's quick withdrawal from Iraq. It would mean comprehensive dialogue with Iran, which in turn would help stabilize Iraq in return for carrots, including guarantees against regime change. That US compromise would mean stopping calling Hezbollah a "terrorist" organization, and then negotiating with it directly about stabilizing Lebanon. Above all, it would mean acceptance of a drastic reduction in America's prestige and influence in the Middle East. ... unless the US takes some of these hard choices, the Middle East will be reshaped by the likes of Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah and Muqtada.
President Insists Iraq Is Not In A Civil War
by Tony Peyser
Bush said we're in a "new phase"
In this fighting that has been vile
It doesn't mean less bloodshed
It just means more denial.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
How many Americans would be surprised to know that the Iraqi insurgents and also those who are criminals and terrorists have been given the bonus of a whole country, compliments of Bush? Today, there shouldn't be too many in America who have failed to realize that we've been taken for an expensive ride by our own government. Early on, while Bush was concentrating on his grand finale, those in Iraq were just getting started. They weren't gathering flowers to throw at the US, they were gathering their resistance to the US invasion of their country. How many Americans would sit down and allow someone to invade and occupy the US?
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Recently, the leader of a major world power offered a definition of democracy and freedom that I thought our readers might be interested in seeing. It stands in such contrast to the functional definition offered by our very own President, for our very own people, embodied as it is in the Patriot Act and the "Military Commissions Act" which, among other things repeal the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the US Constitution, and on that sly addition to the "Defense Appropriations" Bill that allows the President to use the Army to deal with "domestic insurrection," however he might define it. And so...
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by James Linkin
The maddeningly escalating violence in Iraq has served to maintain at least some of our wavering focus on this tragic part of the world. As much as our nation's commercial interests would like to divert the attention of the American people to the patriotic task of conspicuous consumption this time of year, the daily headlines of hundreds more murdered, abducted, tortured, and even immolated have a way of slicing through the numbness and denial with disturbing regularity. Try as we might this holiday season to inure ourselves to the horror and to the continuing sacrifice of our volunteer military, each of us knows the price of procrastination.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Tom Wieliczka
A) Bush and Vietnam vs Iraq
I hope everyone saw Keith Olbermann's recent "Special Comment," when Bush finally located Vietnam on the map and went over there. Keith buried Bush with ten great reasons of why we should get out of Iraq now, after Bush exposed more of his ineptness by saying: "we'll succeed unless we quit." Easy for ol' "blood and gutLESS" Bush to say! Bush said this while he was in the country that WE stopped fighting over 30 years. Yet, today, Vietnam flourishes with their own Democracy that THEY created on their own, and our fearless dummkopf says: "We'll succeed unless we quit." Are you sure "Schultz" or "Klink" from Hogans' Heroes aren't running things in The White House and Congress? Damn, I use to watch that comedy show back in the 60's and it sure seems that we have the same klutzes running us into the ground again, here in the good ol' US of A. I'm still looking on the beaches of Vietnam for that damn "Domino." Some general or politician that we have running things today must have buried it there. You remember that theory, don't you? That a "Domino" would fall in ‘Nam, and the countries around there would fall right behind it! Yup, sure happened!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org
New York, New York, November 28: After every election, there are post-mortems and then, after that, come the studies to confirm the presence of many institutional and deep seated flaws in our ritualized electoral-democracy.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Lucinda Marshall
The November issue of the magazine Marie Claire did an outstanding job of remedying the media's woeful lack of coverage of the impact of war on fashion. With several hard-hitting articles and a photo spread, MC gives this aspect of war reporting its proper due.
Subject: Who Is Kidding Who, Er Whom?
Of all the disturbing pieces in the paper recently, the one by Thomas E. Ricks and Robin Wright is really frightening.
Civil War in Iraq Near, Annan Says: Study Group Begins Two-Day Meeting (Washington Post)
Mr. Ricks' reporting deserves respect for its accuracy and his refusal to try to placate either party. Mr. Ricks knows his job is to give his readers the facts and let them make their own decisions. He treats us as adults. How unusual!
Mr. Ricks' article in the Washington Post this morning (11/28/06) contained a phrase that is almost beyond belief. According to Mr. Ricks and Ms. Wright:
Saudi Arabia is so concerned about the damage that the conflict in Iraq is doing across the region that it basically summoned Vice President Cheney for talks over the weekend, according to U.S. officials and foreign diplomats. The visit was originally portrayed as U.S. outreach to its oil-rich Arab ally.
Saudi Arabia “basically summoned” the Vice-President of the United States and he scurried to obey them? This “macho” man who tries to portray Democrats as weaklings scurries to obey the King of Saudi Arabia like some naughty little school boy? We all thought Cheney was the puppet-master behind the little Pinhead in the White House. Seems the real puppet-master resides in Saudi Arabia.
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