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President Bush's press conference yesterday with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki revealed a great deal about the Bush Administration's failures and their continuing lack of a real strategy to redeploy our troops. The only substantive matter Bush discussed was his desire to "accelerate" Iraq's ability to handle its own security problems:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Elliot D. Cohen, Ph. D.

Recently President George W. Bush returned from a visit to Vietnam with a lesson he thought we could learn from our past involvement there. Comparing our involvement in Iraq to that of Vietnam, he said, "We will succeed unless we quit." Of course, we did "quit" in Vietnam, so one might have thought the President would have concluded that we should likewise "quit" in Iraq, or even more pointedly, that we should never have gotten involved there in the first place. After all, as was true in the case of Vietnam, Iraq is now embroiled in civil war, making the prospect of "victory" there no more sanguine than it was in Vietnam, But the more profound and important lesson is one that could only with paradox have been uttered by Bush: "Don't believe things just because I say so."

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Hmm, just have to know there have been other "mistakes" made, like "warrantless wiretaps eavesdropping" on American citizens, denying the Geneva Conventions in order to torture and abuse, and preemptive war, to name a few! What a mess these guys have made right here at home as well as around the world!!! "GONZALES: Listen, there was a mistake made. There was a mistake made in reading of fingerprints...BLITZER: Looking back on the decisions that you've made, at the White House, now at the Justice Department, anything jump to mind, anything that you deeply regret, a decision that you made? GONZALES: Oh, I think that you and I -- I'd have to spend some time thinking about that. Obviously, I'm not going to say that I am perfect and that I've been perfect in doing my job. Obviously, I've made some recommendations to my client. Some of those recommendations have not been supported in the courts. In hindsight, you sometimes wonder, whether perhaps the recommendation should have been something different...But I do the very best I can as a lawyer. Evaluating the law, looking at the precedent, looking at the words of the statute, the words of the Constitution, in making my best recommendation in good faith to the president of the United States. That's all that I can do. And that's what I will continue to do as attorney general of the United States." OBVIOUSLY, your very best is not good enough, and it's way past time for you to go!!!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Rost, M.D., author of "The Whistleblower, Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman"

Whistleblowers are traitors. There is no question that this is what most corporations and government entities think. It doesn't matter if the target is a private corporation, such as Enron with whistleblower Sherron Watkins, a government entity such as the FDA with whistleblower David Graham or an entire country, such as President Putin's Russia, which former Russian KGB agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko harshly criticized.

DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

Bush is fiddling while Iraq burns. He is stood up at dinner by his own designated Iraqi Prime Minister. But he keeps on saying "we will stay until the job is done, we will give the PM all the help he needs, until victory is achieved," even though we are no longer "staying the course," without ever defining victory. He is just delighted to have the battle of words rage over what we should call what is going on in Iraq rather than over the total failure of his policy regardless of what it is called.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will sometimes follow the summaries.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Are current political systems -- our own and others around the world -- fundamentally incapable of dealing with the biggest crisis facing mankind, indeed facing life on earth?

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Iraq Prime Minister Puts Bush In His Place At Summit

by Tony Peyser

The White House again makes another flub
With the fab fib that this wasn't a shrub snub.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

What's it going to take to wake people up? Cold water or no water. How many deaths for people to face the facts that people are still dying every single day that this Bush GOP remains in power ... every single day that Bush remains in the White House, safe and secure while he sends our Americans to kill and be killed. An AWOL Commander in Chief. What in hell's half acre should we have expected? Bush has, in my mind, lived up to everything I have expected, except for one thing, and that is that he hasn't pushed the red button yet ... but, the greed and the need to want that kind of power over people's lives is still there, in the darkness of the US White House.

Thursday, 30 November 2006 07:11

Carol Davidek-Waller: Rolling Back Bush

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Davidek-Waller

Bush has put the US presidency on steroids, sucking the power vested in all the other branches of government and spurning oversight. For example, Bush’s notorious signing statements exempt him from enforcing or obeying hundreds of laws, effectively wiping out the power of both the legislative and judicial branch to make and enforce laws. He and his administration are in contempt of court regarding the Supreme Court ruling that states that GITMO prisoners indeed do have human and civil rights. He refuses to press charges or release them, eschew torture and is granting them only a minimal relaxing of a nightmarish regimen.

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