DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice; U.S. Death Toll for October Hits 86Written by BuzzFlash
Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
U.S. Death Toll for October Hits 86
Washington, DC - Today's Washington Post reports that at least 44 Iraqis and U.S. troops were killed in Iraq over the weekend in another surge of sectarian violence. Officials note that attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces have "increased more than 40 percent" since the middle of summer. Democrats have been joined by leading Generals and top Congressional Republicans in rejecting President Bush's failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq and want a new direction that is both tough and smart.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Alberto Fernandez was thrust into the world spotlight last weekend after saying in an Al-Jazeera interview that "undoubtedly there was arrogance and stupidity from the United States in Iraq." After perhaps becoming the first person subjected to Bush's new state-sanctioned torture laws, he hastily retracted his statements by claiming he "seriously misspoke."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"
The Bush administration, losing the war in Iraq, has come up with a "new" strategy: setting a timetable for Iraq's puppet regime and its fledgling army to "stand up" to the task of running the country so that the U.S. military can "stand down."
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Subject: Re Williams River Pitt: A Major Event; Republicans released a commercial on Thursday "that all but guarantees the spilling of oceans of American blood should the Democrats find their way to victory at the polls." 10/21
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Last week, BuzzFlash wrote "Worse than Foley? Republicans Covering Up Evidence that GOP Knew of ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham Bribery & Cronyism." It turns out that House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra has been sitting on a report since May - that he authorized - concluding that his staffers ignored "red flags" about Cunningham, who is serving time for accepting bribes in return for millions in appropriations.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
With the mid-term elections looming dangerously close, and with public opinion in opposition to George's failed foreign policies crossing the two-thirds mark, the White House announced that they are going to present their puppet government of Iraq with a "timetable" for US withdrawal. This reminds me of Richard Nixon's "secret plan" to remove US troops from Vietnam that he touted in his narrow electoral victory over Hubert Humphrey in 1968.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
No need to question the Johns Hopkins survey any longer! Obviously it is true, otherwise the order "not to reveal to the UN the true extent of civilian casualties in the country's conflict" would not have been issued!
How Can The President Campaign For Adulterer Don Sherwood Who Tried To Strangle His Mistress?
by Tony Peyser
In shameless Lesson 101
For political spinners
Tony Snow said Bush can,
"Because we're all sinners."
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Welcome to "World Media Watch's" new format. Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; an expanded version of the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
1//The Sunday Telegraph, UK-AL-QA'EDA IS WINNING THE WAR OF IDEAS, SAYS REID
John Reid has issued a dire warning that the Government risks losing the "battle of ideas" with al-Qa'eda. The Home Secretary spoke out at an emergency meeting of ministers and security officials amid an ever-growing threat from home-grown Islamist terror groups. He called for an urgent but controversial escalation in the propaganda war and said al-Qa'eda's so-called "single extremist narrative" was proving ever more attractive to young British Muslims. The Government needed to do much more to win the "battle of ideas", Mr Reid said. The meeting came as ministers -- including Jack Straw, Ruth Kelly and Phil Woolas -- started to take a much more aggressive stance against radical Islam. Ministers have told The Sunday Telegraph that 30 terror plots are being investigated and that 1,500 young Muslims -- many more than previously estimated -- are suspects. A key government weapon in the struggle to win hearts and minds is the decision to fund covertly an Islamic website appealing for moderation. A classic of New Labour terminology, it is called the Radical Middle Way. Government documents disclose that the site is "run as a grassroots initiative by Muslim organisations". However, it has "most of its financial backing from the Foreign Office and Home Office". The site uses video and podcasts to spread an "alternative message" to young Muslims. Some content is available through the iTunes website with no indication that it is effectively an arm of Government. Around 100,000 CDs promoting moderation have also been funded and distributed free to Muslim students as an "antidote", apparently, to the jihadist CDs circulated at universities and colleges.
WINSTON CHURCHILL: "Democracy may be the worst form of government known to man, with the possible exception of every other form."
I don't know if you got your head screwed on tight right now, but if not, you might want to pull out some eight penny nails and a claw hammer and place them in the ready position. Because chances are, after you hear this, you're going to want to nail your skull onto your spine before it spins off into the ether like a runaway flesh colored helium balloon. A bi-partisan commission, headed by James Baker, is investigating options to George Bush's strategy of "staying the course" in Iraq. And it seems pretty apparent that, as soon as possible, (i.e., hours after the midterm election) wholesale changes are in store. Although, it's yet to be determined whether any of the strategic plans call for the President to step down and accept the position of greeter/shoveler at the official stables of the Arabian Horse Association, as is my suggestion.