WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Toronto Star, Canada--AFGHAN MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: POLL (Public support for Canada's military role in Afghanistan has dropped "precipitously" as more and more Canadians think troops are fighting an impossible mission, a new poll shows. "We're sending our best people over there with our best equipment. It's a real effort and you know what, the more we do the less we seem to be seeing success," said Frank Graves, president of EKOS Research. ... Currently, 49 per cent of Canadians oppose the Afghanistan mission, 38 per cent support it and 12 per cent have no opinion, according to an EKOS poll done for the Toronto Star. "There has been a precipitous decline. For the first time we see more Canadians opposed to the mission than in support of it," Graves said in an interview. In December 2001, support for Canadian participation in military action in Afghanistan was at 62 per cent, with only 18 per cent opposed. By December 2002, 50 per cent supported the mission, with 30 per cent opposed. And support has dropped more than 10 percentage points since early this year, the same time that Canadian troops took on a more dangerous and high profile role in southern Afghanistan. Surprisingly though, opposition isn't driven by concerns about mounting casualties - 16 soldiers have been killed in the last three months alone. Rather, opponents say the mission is unlikely to bring stability and democracy to Afghanistan and fear that it is bringing Canada uncomfortably close to American foreign policy, the poll indicates. ... Despite the public unease about Afghanistan, Harper and his Conservatives don't appear to be paying a political price. "There's a real sort of paradox here," Graves said. "Despite this precipitous decline in support for the mission, it doesn't appear to have had any deleterious impact on Harper's approval ratings or the prospects for this party.")
In "Jesus Camp" Documentary, Kids Worship Photo Of Bush
by Tony Peyser
Maybe Osama's not important to capture
When you're the point man for The Rapture.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by James C. Moore, author The Architect
When I was a boy, I wanted to grow up to be the leftfielder for the Detroit Tigers. I did not plan on becoming the unofficial biographer of a political consultant. But I ran into Karl Rove in 1979 in Austin after he had just played a role in electing the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He was in Austin. I was in Austin. He was in politics. I was a political reporter. I couldn't have avoided him if I wanted and if I had tried I would not have been doing my job.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Republicans (the Bush administration) are going to keep America safe? Outsourcing. Isn't that where bin Laden the blow back came from? Working for US Intelligence or at least he was trained by the CIA and was working for the US.
Subject: GOP Senator "Defending" the Geneva Conventions
Lindsey Graham is much in the news these days as a defender of the Geneva Conventions:
After the Supreme Court struck down the administration’s earlier plan for military tribunals in June, [Senators Graham, McCain, and Warner] joined with top military lawyers to form the chief bulwark against what they said were efforts to undermine military law and the 60-year-old protections of the Geneva Conventions.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
How long you wanna bet it'll take Karl Rove to cook up a story that this is either Bill Clinton's or Osama's fault? "NASA delayed the planned landing of space shuttle Atlantis ... Landing had been scheduled for Wednesday morning ... concerns that something crucial floated out of the craft prompted the delay, space shuttle communicator Terry Virts told the crew."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
New York State has another year to go before we start using them new-fangled, electronic voting machines. But if a look at what's happening in other parts of the country is any indication, we are blessed by the delay. Under current circumstances, we should be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
George Bush is presently engaged in yet another attempt to get Congress to pass the US equivalent of the March, 1933 Nazi-German Enabling Act (which gave Hitler dictatorial powers under the cloak -- yes, this is the one Hitler used -- of "dealing with matters of national security"). The main piece of legislation is the one that would allow the Georgites to unilaterally amend the Fourth Amendment on their own authority to permit warrantless wiretapping when they say that it is justified to do so. It has already been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee (see BuzzFlash, Sept. 13, 2006). I have read the Constitution numerous times and I find nothing in it that permits such actions, other than going through the Constitutional amendment process itself. But Bush wants to be able to amend the Constitution on his own and the Republican Congress appears now to be giving him that power.
Let's begin today a national letter writing campaign sending hundreds of thousands of letters to every newspaper in America, calling for front page coverage of the dangers of another Constitutional crisis from another questionable election, and editorial campaigns to prevent this travesty while there is still time.