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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

There are probably twenty to twenty-five thousand armed mercenaries in Iraq now, a bigger force than any except the U.S. force, by the way. And there are no laws governing them, and nobody’s been arrested for anything. Either you have twenty to twenty-five thousand hired men with guns who are angels, or there’s a huge miscarriage of justice going on. -- Robert Greenwald, director, "Iraq for Sale"

Tuesday, 24 October 2006 09:15

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 24, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Is Bush's October Surprise Underway?

Agence France-Presse reports the U.S. Is Tracking a Suspicious North Korean Vessel (bloomberg.com).

Tuesday, 24 October 2006 07:41

George Lakoff: Reframing: Words to Reclaim

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute

Progressives are now approaching the home stretch of an all-out race to elect representatives that share our values. We know that progressive leaders need our support, and the netroots and grassroots are working overtime for this vital election.

Tuesday, 24 October 2006 07:19

Steven Jonas: So Whassup on Iraq, Jim?

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

The Georgite Iraq policy is in a spin and the Georgites are spinning it as fast as their spinning wheels can carry them. Why on George Stephanopoulos' show on Oct. 22, 2006, the other George actually said, in response to a question "I never said 'stay the course.'" (I will leave the discussion to my psychiatric colleagues as to whether the guy is consciously lying or just doesn't remember that he did say that a few days, months, and years previously, a problem that end stage alcoholics do have.) We already know that Sen. Warner, a variety of other Republican Senators, none other than the Bush-tool Scott McClellan, and a variety of American active-duty, not retired, Generals are indicating that indeed there is a timetable to American withdrawal or redeployment or something somewhere and that it will begin or perhaps has already begun. The New York Times of Oct. 23 reported that the American command in Baghdad now regards the battle there as the defining one. Since battles can be lost, even by our armed forces, offering such an analysis would indicate that those Generals are preparing some alternate strategy, indeed, to "staying the course," however one might define that intentionally vague "goal" that the Georgites have been foisting on us for the last two years.

Tuesday, 24 October 2006 04:18

Jimmy Lohman: Republican I.Q. Test

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jimmy Lohman

To test your Republican IQ, answer the following questions:

1. The "father" of the modern Republican Party was (a) Abraham Lincoln (b) Barry Goldwater.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

President Tells Stephanopoulos, "We've Never Been Stay The Course"

by Tony Peyser

There is one thing that without a doubt
Just blows this claim to bits:
Google "Bush stays the course" and you'll
Get 19 and a half million hits.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Jack Abramoff now has a desk at the FBI.

I'll repeat that. Jack Abramoff has a desk at the FBI.

It's not because the convicted Washington lobbyist/crook/swindler/nogoodnik has had a road to Damascus moment and decided to join the ranks of the junior G-men, fighting crime and evildoers.

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

I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that, barring some incredible act of criminal cynicism such as the bombardment of Iran by the president, the Democrats are going to take over the House of Representatives.

Tuesday, 24 October 2006 02:28

Norman Solomon: Channeling Thomas Friedman

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

Get ready for a special tour of a renowned outlook, conjured from the writings of syndicated New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. As the leading media advocate of "free trade" and "globalization," he is expertly proficient at explaining the world to the world. If we could synthesize Friedman's brain waves, the essential messages would go something like this:

Silicon chips are the holy wafers of opportunity. From Bangalore to Bob's Big Boy Burgers, those who understand the Internet will leave behind those who do not.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"President Bush will visit Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the city once known as Saigon that was the capital of U.S.-backed South Vietnam, during a trip to the communist nation next month, the White House said Monday." Is this so no one will be able to say he's never been to Viet Nam? Does he think this will now replace the time (not) served in the Texas National Guard? How big an army will be required for his country hopping this time around? "Bush will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' forum in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Nov. 18 and 19. He will also stop in Singapore and Indonesia during his trip, the White House said."

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