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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

As is well known, President Bush bobs and weaves a lot in describing and defining his positions on various matters. (If he were a Democrat, what he does would be labeled "flip-flopping" by the media, but he ain't, and it ain't either.) I decided that it would be very helpful to readers of BuzzFlash to have a series of guides designed to help us follow what he talks about and actually does. And so, about two weeks ago, in this space I published the "BushGuide to Combating Terrorism." We now turn to the issue of defining "victory" in Iraq. Over time, Bush has offered many different definitions of this concept. For maximum utility, then, we will present as many of them as I can remember, with a note for each as to whether it might still be useful. Since George Bush is a man of simplicity itself, we will present his Guide in the simplest of terms. And so:

BuzzFlash Note: Look for Barbara's next "Daily Buzz" on Monday. 


"Report: Hunger rising in New York City" ... If the economy is going "great," then how come so many people are hungry? The disconnect between the haves and the have nots is the one thing that is really growing in these United States.

by Thom Hartmann

Many of the world's mature democracies require every high-school graduate to serve a year or two of either military or nonprofit service, as Congressman Charlie Rangel has proposed every year for some time now. At first blush, this may seem like an oppression by government, but history shows it's actually one of the best ways to prevent a military from becoming its own insular and dangerous subculture, to prevent the lower ranks of the military from being overwhelmed by people trying to escape poverty, and to keep military actions of the government accountable to the people.

by Brent Budowsky

My fellow Americans:

On November 22 four decades ago I left you, and for those of you who think of me, let me ask a personal favor: reflect for a moment on the world we lived in, the things we believed in, the deeds we did, and the Nation we left in trust for you.


Bush Eats With GIs In Honolulu
by Tony Peyser

He's hated world over
Which explains why he
Has to do photos ops
With troops in Hawaii

Tuesday, 21 November 2006 07:59

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 21, 2006


Subject: Lessons from Iran

Links to article about Americans in Iran, 1977-78:

A superpower with a vast and powerful military-industrial complex without a vast and equally powerful humanitarian-cultural complex is like a giant hobbled by a crippled or lame foot. Few dare mention to the giant his imperfection because his power and financial resources are enormous and his stride encompasses the globe and he does not tolerate criticism because he says it is Un-American and unpatriotic.


A BuzzFlash Reader


Every year, I'm always reminded of that fateful day in Dallas in 1963. If I haven't mentioned it before, I lived in Dallas back then, and was going to the parade, but a relative and her two children were coming into Dallas by bus that same day to visit, and since the bus depot was only a block or two from that mass of excited Kennedy supporters (of which I was one), I felt I would not be able to park and they might be worried if they arrived and I wasn't there. As I was watching the parade on TV and the assassination happened, it was shocking and unbelievable that this could happen here in the US at this time in our history. When they announced they were closing the city, blocking incoming and outgoing traffic, I gathered up my seven-month-old baby and drove as fast as I could to get within that boundary before it closed, and went straight to the bus station to wait. I saw a lot of the chaos first hand that day, not knowing at that time, how this nation was taking a very dark turn in our history.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006 07:00

Amy Branham: The Draft

by Amy Branham

I am a peaceful person. I do not believe in unprovoked war, but I do believe that there is a time and a place for war and a need for the military. Let's face it, there are some people in the world who are not very nice and we do have a need to defend ourselves from time to time. In view of this, I am in support of reinstating the draft. Let me tell you why.



What kind of training do these cops go through today? Why are they using weapons to stop people who are no threat to them and unarmed? What kind of cop does this? How many tasers have killed since they have been in use? Sometimes I think the cop actions aren't any more thought out than any criminal they might pursue and the cops are supposed to be trained. What business did they have to be in this student library?

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Forget Nancy Pelosi's "100 Hours" agenda for the new Democratic Congress.

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