A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Anytime Attorney General Alberto Gonzales speaks to the ultra-neocon American Enterprise Institute (the same bunch that helped Bush craft his Iraq "surge"), you can bet he will say some pretty outlandish things, especially if the event is closed to the public. Sure enough, his speech today was a doozie.
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Last night I forced myself to watch Mr. Bush's interview on national public television. If you happened to see it I think you will agree that it was a telling exchange. It was the first time I have allowed myself to watch Mr. Bush in recent memory; so great is my contempt for his policies and practices that have weakened our country and strengthened our true enemies in such unprecedented ways.
What struck me most was his demeanor: he looked every bit a defeated man vainly defending himself and his administration. His slouching posture was Nixonian and his closely knitted staccato words expressed a tensioned level of stress I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Every school in Scotland will soon own two copies each of Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth on DVD. Teachers will not be forced to show the film, but the Scottish government expressed optimism that all students will have the opportunity to view it.
The decision came just days after a Washington State school board issued a moratorium on the movie after complaints from parents like Frosty E. Hardison, who "believes the Bible predicted global warming."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Neil Wollman and Leonard Williams
After every national election, pundits and politicians work overtime to interpret the results. Fall 2006 was no different. People who follow the news and commentaries witnessed many efforts to explain why Democrats gained control of the Congress. Now that the dust has settled, analyses have essentially ended, and Congress is in session, we want to give our version of events based on some of these past analyses and our own. We do so even more for the future and what lessons for that should be drawn from the past election.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Now why does this not surprise me, and why has it taken so long for mainstream corporate media to figure it out!!!??? "At a not-for-quotation pre-speech briefing on Jan. 10, George W. Bush and his top national security aides unnerved network anchors and other senior news executives with suggestions that a major confrontation with Iran is looming." Well, Duh!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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Russia has completed deliveries of Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran, the defense minister said Tuesday. "We have supplied modern anti-aircraft short-range missile systems under a contract. Iran is not under any sanctions," Sergei Ivanov said, adding that Moscow will continue to develop military and technical cooperation with Tehran. ... The Tor-M1, developed by the Russian company Almaz-Antei, is a high-precision missile system designed to destroy aircraft, manned or unmanned, and cruise missiles flying at an altitude of up to 10 kilometers (6 miles). It was introduced at the Russian aerospace show MAKS in 2005.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
Since George had dozens of people executed during his reign of terror in Texas, I guess he would be particularly qualified to comment on Saddam's execution.
by Michael Winship
MEMPHIS, TENN. -- Asked his opinion of western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi famously replied he thought it would be a good idea.
You could say the same of media reform. A good idea, far more easily said than done.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Are we going to see more pictures of these people and how they were put to death? Democracy at work in Iraq! The US kills over 600 thousand people, captures Saddam and his family, destroys the country until there is an uprising and civil war and an influx of every available terrorist and criminal, but all of this is supposed to be okay if we just hang a few of those who "used to be" allies of the Bush crime family. You know, the guys who armed Saddam when he did all of that killing.