WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong--‘MISUNDERESTIMATING' BUSH'S IRAQ (... Amid all these problems, there is the danger of the "Hezbollah model" being adopted in Iraq. Muqtada, who has been a nightmare for the Americans since they invaded, has all the credentials to create such an organization in Iraq, modeling himself after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Muqtada is young. He is well connected in the religious establishment, he hails from a prominent Shi'ite family and he has a large following among Iraqis. Like Nasrallah, he is opposed to both the US and Israel. Like Nasrallah, he is an Arab nationalist at heart who does not want to see Iraq divided. The only difference is that Muqtada wants to establish a theocracy in Iraq. He lacks Nasrallah's charisma, however, and the flow of money and arms from Iran. If he pulls the right strings, though, and makes wise alliances, he could receive strong support from the mullahs of Tehran - something that the Americans wish to avoid at any cost. If it happens, and Muqtada decides to end all restraint, he could immediately bring down the Maliki cabinet. Or he could withdraw his ministers from the government and replace them with non-entities, and transform the cabinet into a political dwarf unable to make any real decisions. In this event, what would govern the state of affairs under Muqtada would be the power of the sword on the Iraqi street. ... The Americans want to control his rapidly rising popularity. They see the bitter reality that now they have to deal with Lebanon's Hezbollah. ... And with Iraq in such civil strife, it could in all likelihood become a battleground for the entire Persian and Arab neighborhood. The Saudis would support the Sunnis. Iran - and Lebanon's Hezbollah - would support the Shi'ites. The United States would be trapped in the middle. It would be unable to side with any one party against the other. Supporting the Sunnis would mean supporting former Ba'athists. Supporting the Shi'ites would mean allying with Iran. And the Kurds, with whom the US gets on, are not very strong anyway and do not represent large numbers in Iraq.)
by Ray McGovern
Who can forget the chutzpah of President George W. Bush as he bragged to Bob Woodward, "I'm commander in chief.... That's the interesting thing about being president...I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."
Over 100 Military Recruiters Cited In Sexual Attacks
by Tony Peyser
For a long time, anti-war teachers
Have all bitterly insisted
That they didn't approve of how
High school recruiting has persisted.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Okay, BuzzFlash is going to "catapult" some more truth here.
If the Busheviks are so concerned about national security, why are the British intelligence agencies furious that the White House is leaking information that compromises efforts to stop terrorists?
If the Busheviks are so concerned about beating terrorists who Bush says hate us for our liberties and freedom, why is Bush working so aggressively to curtail our liberties and freedoms? Isn't that accomplishing what the terrorists seek as a goal, according to Bush's own words?
If the Busheviks are so concerned about terrorism, why did they abandon the battle against bin-Laden -- despite Bush's vow to catch him dead or alive -- and start a war in a nation state that posed no immediate or imminent terrorist threat to the United States?
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
The Busheviks believe that if you state a lie over and over again it becomes the truth.
Cheney is the best illustration of this, but Rumsfeld and Bush are right up there.
In fact, as has been noted before, Bush told some school children (his peer group, so to speak) that his role as President was to repeat the same message over and over again to "catapult the propaganda." (The full quotation is ""See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." You can listen to Bush say it here, as he did on May 24, 2005 to middle and high school students in Rochester, New York.)
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
Twenty-one years ago this summer, Roseland, the amusement park alongside the lake in my upstate New York hometown, closed down. Like the day the music died, with it went a certain innocence. Its passing marked the loss of a lazy, laid-back source of entertainment and joy far more low-key than the high impact whizbang of plasma TV's, brutal video games, Internet surfing -- the overall carpet bombing of our senses in the mad pursuit of pleasure.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
August 19, 2006
Excuse us for harping on the Lieberman thing, but a couple of articles have appeared that add credence to BuzzFlash's prediction that Joe Lieberman will jump to the GOP side of the aisle if he is re-elected. As we have speculated, he will pull a "reverse" Jim Jeffords and remain an "Independent," but formally affiliate himself with the Republican caucus.
by Jeff Cohen
The top story on TV news lately has not been the Iraq war or tentative Lebanon peace, or major court rulings on tobacco and warrantless wiretapping, or oil prices or pension "reform" or any of a dozen stories that affect millions of citizens.
by Steven Hill
When Fidel Castro recently underwent intestinal surgery, suddenly there was a whirl of news stories in the U.S. media, the type of attention usually reserved for rock stars and champion athletes. What is this love-hate fascination with the ruler of a small island nation? Is it the tempestuous Cold War history, Cuba's close proximity to Florida, memories of the boy Elian, or the beautiful beaches and palm trees?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Sure enough, following yesterday's big federal court decision (pdf) striking down Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, conservatives have begun their predictable response: attack the judge who made the ruling, Anna Diggs Taylor.