MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
It's really kinda hard to keep up with how many people Libby talked to and how many knew who Plame was. My puzzlement over this whole thing is ... I understand that Plame had been undercover for many years, so why would anyone in the CIA blow her cover to the Bush administration? Are all of our secret agents told to every administration that comes into power? I don't think so. At least, I hope not. But, the way that our government has been controlled and run by the Republicans for the last 30 years, who in the hell knows? Dollar signs are the only things that light up their eyes. Beyond those, they don't seem to see anything.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen
It's conventional wisdom that if Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign falters with Democratic activists in places such as Iowa and New Hampshire, it will be over the issue of the Iraq war. And her vacillations on the war.
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My friend and colleague, Molly Ivins, said we ought to get out there and bang pots and pans to get this madness stopped. How can we start a movement to "bang pots and pans for peace?"
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Lucinda Marshall
Who knows if the Cartoon Network show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" is any good, but its PR campaign was enormously entertaining, albeit not in the opinion of Boston's finest. It is moments like this that we shall truly miss Molly Ivins, who doubtless would have wasted no time pointing out if this absurd episode is the epitome of our national security, it's a joke. More disturbingly, the news networks played right along, giving the story great airplay at the expense of covering stories that actually had to do with national security, like the Libby trial, which begs the question, "If an administration commits impeachable offenses and nobody’s listening…"
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
From the very beginning, the smear campaign against Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame has had George Bush's name written all over it! Remember, Bush is the epitome of revenge! "Cheney's Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair." Note: "Wells said Cheney had written 'not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his head in the meat grinder because of incompetence of others': a reference to Libby being asked to deal with the media and vociferously rebut Wilson's allegations that the Bush administration knowingly "twisted" intelligence to win support for the war in Iraq. However, when Cheney wrote the notes, he had originally written "this Pres." instead of "that was." Even better than the picture of Karl Rove, would be one of George Bush being "frog marched" out of the White House in handcuffs!
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Both U.S. President Bush and Iranian President Ahmadinejad are shooting off their respective mouths at each other and each other's nations. Major elements of their respective power elites are more and more nervous that such shooting off may lead to real shooting between the two countries, in the worst interests of both. There is common ground between the countries. First and foremost, a shooting war between them would bring immense harm to both. Further, it would have the potential for bringing even more immense harm to the world at large, especially should the U.S. use nuclear weapons, an idea that apparently has been bruited about, at least, it is rumored, about the office of the U.S. Vice President.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Bill Quigley
Cathy Webster, a grandmother living in Chico California, organized “A Thousand Grandmothers for Peace” to protest in November 2006 against the torture-training School of the Americas (SOA) (now called the Western Institute of Security Cooperation or WHINSEC) located at Ft. Benning Georgia.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The great thing about conservatives' hypocrisy when it comes to social issues is that it's perfectly OK for them to meddle with your affairs, but their private lives are their own business. This fits in with their whole ideology of looking out for themselves at the expense of everybody else.