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MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

After all is said and done, this seems so easy, but it hasn't been easy. It's been an uphill battle for years and there was no need for it. Bush was so cavalier in telling Americans to go shopping, but he didn't give a damn if they were confined to only window shopping. It's a shame that we have to celebrate something that should have been done long ago and is just another one of those things that is the right thing to do. Imagine, people working for such pittance and a GOP Congress, in the past, never missed a vote for giving themselves a raise. How many people get to do that when they work for somebody. Good for the Democrats and their 100 hour goals, but to really fix all of the damage to this country and our government that has been done by this treasonous Bush regime . . . we can't fool ourselves, it will take years.

Friday, 12 January 2007 06:01

Analysis: Martin Luther King, Jr., On War

ANALYSIS

Courtesy the Institute for Public Accuracy

Following are excerpts from King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech at the Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination. He was addressing the group Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam:

Friday, 12 January 2007 03:42

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 12, 2007

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Subject: From which green zone building will the helicopter be lifting the last person to freedom and out of chaos?

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

American troops may not only be responsible for actually carrying out the Bush "surge" plan. As reported in an AP story today, "Soldiers found themselves explaining the new U.S. strategy to Iraqis, many of whom said they hadn't seen Bush's speech on television because they had no electricity."

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

by Robert Crawford

As an English and Debate teacher for lo, these many years now, I must grudgingly award Cleverness Points to Mr. Bush for his use of the passive voice in his remarks on the "new" Iraq plan the other night.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"George W. Bush: Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq." Key words here being "seek out and destroy"! There is no plan to leave Iraq, but there is a continuing plan to expand this war and again preemptively attack other nations in his march on world domination!!! We might as well bend over and kiss our behinds good-bye--the moron is indeed on an Armageddon quest!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//DW World.de/Deutsche Welle, Germany
NEW GROUP OF EU LEADERS TO PUSH FAR-RIGHT AGENDA

A motley association of extreme-right wing members of the European Parliament (MEPs) announced they will form a parliamentary group, enabling them to qualify for EU funding and support. The group, to be called "Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty" (ITS), will broadly oppose immigration, Turkish accession to the EU, and the European constitution. It will focus on "defending Christian values, the family, and European civilization," EU French National Front MEP Bruno Gollnisch said.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart, author of Wag the Dog and Fog Facts

It may be true that the consequences of "losing" Iraq will be very grave.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Bush Tries To Justify "Surge" By Talking About How Iraqis Went To The Polls

by Tony Peyser

I think at this horrible juncture
It's high time this is duly noted:
If your country's in a civil war
It doesn't matter if you've voted.

Thursday, 11 January 2007 08:54

News Analysis: New World Order, or Delusion?

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Look out, citizens. Here comes George W. Bush's "new world order." It's the escalation and "surge" that Bush tried to defend in his address to the nation Wednesday night -- but, it's also, oh, so much more.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stood at a podium Thursday morning to put some meat on the bones of the long-delayed and much anticipated new Iraq policy that Bush has decided on. In fact, their comments went much further, giving us an explicit Bush plan of digging in deeper in Iraq AND expanding America's role in the region further.

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