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A BuzzFlash Editorial

In today’s BuzzFlash interview with author Larry Beinhart (who wrote the book that the movie "Wag the Dog" was based on), he astutely comments on Bush and Cheney gambling with lives in Iraq as if GIs were poker chips:

Third in a series; the first article is here; the second is here.
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On April 16, Seung-Hui Cho's bullets stopped 32 people in their tracks. But they haven't stopped the NRA's fast track agenda. If anything, they've accelerated it.



People should be outraged about the growth of these mercenary military organizations, a cancerous-like growth that has been helped immensely due to contracts by our own Bush GOP government ... and add to that, the constant sightings of the scary, spaced out costumes of many SWAT teams that are being used in most of our cities. Why are they necessary? One idea would be that they are used for the purpose of getting people used to seeing such militarized tactics ... all of this should at least have Americans wondering what this country will be in another few years. We were never threatened by Iraq, never.  


The Bush-Cheney situation right now is like this: They've gone to Vegas. Their stake was $200,000. They're down $300,000. If they get up and they leave the table, everyone knows they went to Vegas, lost their shirt, plus some more. If they stay there and keep betting, one of two things is going to happen. Either a miracle is going to occur, and somehow they'll suddenly win the war, or there will be a new election and they will be magically whisked away from their seats. Somebody else will be sitting there and become responsible for the losses.

In the famous Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman movie Casablanca, the character Captain Renault of the French police is famously played by Claude Rains. Upon walking into Rick's (the Humphrey Bogart character) bar near the beginning of the movie, he famously says: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!" And so, the reaction among many on all sides of the political spectrum to the Libby commutation has been: "shocked, shocked" to find that it has happened.

How could Bush do this? After all, he has always been so strict on the question of commutations, and pardons too. It is so obviously political, or a payback, or a payoff, or a coverup, or a bone for his "conservative" base, or he is reaching out at least halfway to Sean Hannity (who is saying that well, it's OK, but now Bush should really go and do the right [in both senses, I guess] thing and pardon the guy." Yes, it is obviously most of those things and probably all of them.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007 04:49

BuzzFlash Mailbag for July 10, 2007


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Subject: Watergate Plus 30

by Danny Schechter

Would someone please remind me when the next Presidential election will be held? I sure don't want to miss it? A genie even told me it's not until November 2008. Can it be that far off? Could have fooled me.

by Michael Winship

One of the curiosities of life in the freelance scrivener's trade is that you find yourself in the oddest places, writing about the oddest things. Over some 25 years or so, I've taken assignments writing television shows about everything from grizzly bears to defense policy, from Native American history to the bossa nova music of Brazil.

by Dave Lindorff

Austin -- I just spent the weekend in this state capital, talkin' impeachment at a meeting organized by the Texas Green Party, World Can't Wait, and Austin Impeach, and was flying back home via Atlanta. As I was boarding my flight, the pilot, an Air Force veteran like many commercial pilots, looked at the bold "Impeach Bush and Cheney" emblazoned across my chest, smiled and said, "I like your shirt." Some 20 minutes later when the flight attendant came through serving drinks and I asked for a bottle of red wine, she handed me a bottle and then waved away my proffered five dollars. "With that shirt, you don't have to pay," she said to me. The Texas and Georgia passengers sitting around me laughed appreciatively.

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