A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Ray McGovern
At Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Gates to be secretary of defense, it felt like I was paying last respects to the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution, though, was not the recipient of the praise customarily heaped on the deceased. Rather, the bouquets were fulsomely shared back and forth among the nominee and the senators -- all of them "distinguished," but none more so than the very reverend John Warner, gentleman from Virginia and departing chair of the committee, who presided at the wake.
Possible White House Spin On The Iraq Study Group Report
by Tony Peyser
"Considering all our huge lies
And cunning obfuscations
We actually got off easy with
Just 79 recommendations."
from the Democratic National Committee
Washington, DC – Today, it was reported that Senator John McCain has tapped controversial Republican operative Terry Nelson to be his presidential campaign manager. Nelson was implicated in the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal, Tom DeLay’s money laundering scandal in Texas and oversaw the creation of an ad against a Democratic Senate candidate in 2006 that many observers believe was overtly racist.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Only Republicans would form a group, give it a title of authority and credibility, and then tell us what we've all known for months (to establish the credibility of this study group, who have also known what was going on in Iraq for months), but couldn't get the US big guy media to talk about it. The bane of the Bush regime -- the Internet. We still don't know all of the horrors that have happened in Iraq. As far as the "minimized system of tracking Iraqi deaths," it was reported out of Iraq, early on, after Shock and Awe, and probably because of the deaths that operation caused ... the US stopped the Iraqis from counting their dead, because they were doing it and reporting it. I remember reading about as many as 50,000 Iraqis were killed at that time and was shocked by that number ... today, because of this criminal act, there's as many as 600,000 or more people in Iraq who have lost their lives, and we don't have a number of the homeless and the wounded. As far as US military, they screwed with those numbers, too. We know we have at least 40,000 wounded and almost 3,000 dead, and I doubt that's a true number.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Bush GOP White guys club of America ... are being targeted by those who are supposed to protect people in this country.
"It's outrageous that this could occur in America today," said Morris Dees, Center founder and chief trial counsel. "These ICE agents swooped into town, armed with everything but search warrants, and started rounding up people -- citizens and non-citizens alike -- merely because they had brown skin. Imagine the fallout if this had happened to white people."
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Subject: No Change
Thank God for Russ Feingold. He says the only thing that comes through about this silly hearing ... which is that there is no change ... none. Everything Bush had before ... he still has.
Solutions or Political Coverage? (Countdown with Keith Olbermann, December 6)
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
Little did I know, as Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh) and I were driving through the streets of a Cleveland, Ohio, another American city that looks like it is preparing for the onslaught of a very cold winter on that gray morning, that he would be presenting me with a clear, reasonable, and obvious plan for bringing American troops out what is rapidly becoming total anarchy in Iraq.
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Most observers agree that the unanimous report of the Iraq Study Group is totally damning the Bush-Cheney policy for Iraq, as well as on its implementation. (It should be noted that among the members of the Group are former Senator Alan Simpson, one of the most conservative Republican Senators ever, before the Santorum-Inhofe crowd and Ed Meese, one-time President of the National Council for Policy [he may still be; they are very secretive], the organization for all of the major right and far right-wing organizations in the US.) At the White House press conference on Dec. 6, 2006, following the report's release, David Gregory of NBC News, reading from the Report, asked White House press secretary Tony Snow if he didn't think that its conclusions were indeed damning. Snow responded by attacking Gregory for asking a "partisan" question, and in the subsequent colloquy about that issue, not the report's findings, managed to avoid dealing with the latter altogether.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
And then there's Afghanistan, the forgotten "good war"! Haven't heard much about the "good war" recently, have we? It may be that, "because of the Bush administration's inattention and mismanagement, even the good war is going wrong." Kinda reminds me of that old story about Midas, only everything this modern day would-be king touches turns into death and destruction. Yessir, everything Bush touches turns out bad for America. And if this is any indication of where we're going in Iraq, then God help us all!!! "The latest grim news is that after years of effort - and more than $1 billion spent - Afghanistan's American-trained police force is unable to perform even routine law enforcement work. According to an article in yesterday's Times, investigators for the Pentagon and the State Department found that the training program's managers did not even know how many police officers were serving, while thousands of trucks and other American-purchased police equipment have simply disappeared."
Within the next few weeks, Lee Hamilton will assume the mantle of #1, all-time hands-down most ignored Commission Chair in history. Indeed, it is now clear that the way to avoid dealing with any major pressing potentially-catastrophic issue is to make Lee Hamilton the chairman of a commission and give him a year or so to issue a report.
If Bush or his lamest-of-ducks Congress want to make sure nothing is done to help the still-anguished Katrina region and its hundreds of thousands of devastated refugees, they should quickly empanel a commission and make Lee Hamilton the chairman. Next, find a co-chair who can make at least a marginal case that "moderate Republican" is not an oxymoron, someone like John McCain but without the delusions. Someone who can make a halfway effective façade of caring, like Christie Todd Whitman. Then fill out the commission with seven or eight washed-out Ultra-insiders who are beholden to so many corporate special interests -- individually and collectively -- that none can possibly have a leg up in dictating the commission's recommendations.