WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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It's got all the hallmarks of a heavyweight fight: two big, bruising contenders, itching for battle and determined to win at all costs. Both are getting up there in age, but both are very experienced in the ways of such fights and do have similar styles: for the most part they both fight on the inside, going for body blows and the long haul. The big difference between the two is their goals. One simply wants to win this particular fight. The other wants not only to win the fight but also to completely change the rules of the fight game they are in. The big difference between this fight and the usual kind of heavyweight championship is that, unlike the latter, its outcome will have a major influence in the course of world history for the indefinite future.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Please use the comment section below to tell us what "support our troops" means to you.As Professor Ira Chernus points out in an incisive commentary on TomDispatch.com, for him the phrase "support our troops" represents a holy, inviolable mantra in the American narrative.
It is a phrase so hot wired into Americans, and feared to hold an omnipotent power by those on Capitol Hill, that it cannot be understood through the lens of common sense and reason: Why send more American GIs to die in a war without mission or purpose, whose only apparent definition of "victory" appears to be that the U.S. will not be perceived as losing? But no one in power can even define what not losing would be at this point.
Subject: Doing The Right Thing
Is the right wing interested in doing the right thing? Right-wingers, aka Conservatives, love money and war and hating and blaming someone else for their own shortcomings. Kind of like an abusive spouse. Or a teenager who never understands that actions have consequences and that they are not the center of the universe.
Doing the Right Thing is not always popular, profitable and it may not fit nicely into a sound bite on television. Doing the Right Thing is just the right thing to do.
Convincing politicians of that is an uphill battle that has to be fought constantly. Slack off and most politicians will do whatever is profitable and is going to get them re-elected. Most politicians do not consider integrity a quality they need to cultivate. When it comes to integrity most politicians like to talk the talk but have no intention of walking the walk.
Most politicians will do what venal human beings always do; they will pontificate, prevaricate, equivocate and do whatever is necessary to cover their gluteus maximus and preserve their place in the world. The rest of us? They really, really feel bad when things go bad for us. They may even pause and think about it for a moment or two. Doing the Right Thing? That is sometimes possible. And don’t they all feel good about the infinitesimal number of times when that happens.
Lord how I loathe most politicians and their endless, self-serving bull excrement. For the few who do not fit into this category excuse my outrage. Russ Feingold immediately comes to my mind. Maybe because I always vote for him. I do not always agree with everything Senator Feingold does. But I never question his integrity. And that is the kind of politician America needs. And so seldom gets.
The VP told reporters on his plane it was a priority
To call him an administration official with seniority.
But when he started talking -- this part made me sigh --
He kept on more than once using the revealing word "I."
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
People once agreed
The young ones get ignored and mistreated
Over at Walter Reed.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jules Carlysle
Newton's Third Law states that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction". I call this "The Physics of Failure" and it's always given me great hope for my future.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
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."
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
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.)"
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."