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by Ray McGovern

That was one of the key questions asked of newly confirmed Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on Tuesday. Why had McConnell avoided this front-burner issue in his prepared remarks? Because an honest answer would have been: "Beats the hell out of us. Despite the billions that American taxpayers have sunk into improving U.S. intelligence, we can only guess."


The following is a short list of those who have the audacity to think they know how to plan and execute a war and who willingly participated in sending our sons and daughters to war! They've never had to face the business end of a rifle during war time! "REPUBLICANS (and these are the guys sending people to war): George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty. Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage. Karl Rove: did not serve. Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve. Vin Weber: did not serve. Richard Perle: did not serve. Douglas Feith: did not serve. Eliot Abrams: did not serve. Spencer Abraham: did not serve. Bill Kristol: did not serve. Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor. Rudy Giuliani: did not serve. Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer. Newt Gingrich: did not serve. Mitch McConnell: did not serve. Dennis Hastert: did not serve. Tom DeLay: did not serve. Roy Blunt: did not serve. Bill Frist: did not serve. Rick Santorum: did not serve. Trent Lott: did not serve. John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business. Jeb Bush: did not serve. Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism. Richard Shelby: did not serve. Jon Kyl: did not serve. Tim Hutchison: did not serve. Christopher Cox: did not serve. B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea. Phil Gramm: did not serve ... Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve. John M. McHugh: did not serve. JC Watts: did not serve. Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem," although continued in NFL for 8 years as quarterback. Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard. George Pataki: did not serve. John Engler: did not serve. Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base. PUNDITS and PREACHERS: Sean Hannity: did not serve. Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.') Bill O'Reilly: did not serve. Michael Savage: did not serve. George Will: did not serve. Chris Matthews: did not serve. Paul Gigot: did not serve. Bill Bennett: did not serve. Pat Buchanan: did not serve. John Wayne: did not serve. Kenneth Starr: did not serve. Antonin Scalia: did not serve. Clarence Thomas: did not serve. Ralph Reed: did not serve. Michael Medved: did not serve. Charlie Daniels: did not serve. Ted Nugent: did not serve. (He only shoots at things that don't shoot back.)"

Thursday, 01 March 2007 23:35

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 2, 2007


Subject: Behind the Walter Reed Scandal

Whose Real Votes Support Troops More? Actually Democrats???

Is this claim true?

"All Senate Democrats have been more supportive of the troops -- when it comes to their actual votes, over the past five years -- than any of the Senate Republicans."


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.


Instead of accepting any blame for the Walter Reed Hospital scandal, the White House instead scapegoated its commander, Maj. Gen. George Weightman. Of course, the Bush Administration shares in the responsibility too because it also oversees the hospital and the appointment of the military's top brass.


The Iraqi plan to contract oil extraction to foreign companies is the latest example of a policy that is great for Bush and his pals, but devastating to the Iraqi people and our soldiers.

Thursday, 01 March 2007 07:07

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 1, 2007


Subject: GOP Filibuster on Iraq

"I'm mad as hell and I can't take it anymore."

Today was another frustrating day of no action on Iraq in the US Senate. McConnell & the GOP, with help from Lieberman, once again prevented any debate or action on Iraq. How much longer can we tolerate this immoral neglect of our troops in Iraq?


"REPORTER: As you know, a growing number of troops are on their second, third or fourth tour in Iraq. There have been a growing number of reports about declining morale among fighting men ... does it concern you?" DUBYA: "... what I hear from commanders is that the place where there is concern is with the family members, the concern is with the people on the home front . . . And I -- and that's one reason I go out of my way to constantly thank the family members." My God, "I go out of my way"??? Even for Dumbya, this is a stupid callous statement! Thoughtless, careless, insensitive, deplorable statements must be in the DNA; to say he takes after his mother is an understatement!

by Peter Michaelson

A recent opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, written by a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, presents a false or unhelpful framing of the global warming debate. The article, "Triumph of Capitalism" in the newspaper's print edition, was published on Feb. 22 and written by the historian Timothy Garton Ash of Oxford University. He's perhaps one of the more liberal fellows at the conservative think tank at Stanford University. (The article's online version has a different headline.)

Thursday, 01 March 2007 03:49

DNC Calls on McCain to Apologize to Troops


Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee called on John McCain to apologize to American troops and their families who've served in Iraq for telling David Letterman on the Late Show last night that "American lives" are being "wasted" there. [CBS Late Show, 2/28/07]

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