May 10, 2004
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Subject: Colin Powell's tarnished honor
I can think of one thing Colin Powell could do to actually salvage some of his long-nurtured and cultivated reputation. Come clean with all the facts and do it in person, and not through some underling.
Tell all the truth. Give the world the real story about why he told us the lies that have ultimately caused untold deaths as well as the effective trashing of our country's reputation as a result of the Al Ghraib torture pictures. Anyone who thinks the world will forget these photos is sadly mistaken. We are going to live with their consequences for decades. Mr. Powell played a key role in the decisions that have led to this.
He must explain to us why his honor and duty as a soldier was first to a president and last to his country. And his explanation must include a statement of personal accountability for his willingness to join in the perpetration of the lies.
Maybe then the families of the dead soldiers and the families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Americans in general will forgive him.
Subject: Marine General: Bush "well aware" of abuse in January!
This from The
Washington Post's 5/7/04 story, "Bush Apologizes, Calls
Abuse 'Stain' on Nation"
Is it just me, or does an audio tape allegedly made by bin Laden turn up every time Bush's fat is in the fryer?
I'm currently watching the hearings involving Rummy regarding Iraqi POWs being tortured (not abused, mistreated, or punished). It's not porno, it's torture.
Kudos to Senators Levin, Kennedy, Byrd and McCain for holding his feet to the fire, and kudos as well to the many demonstrators.
Does anyone know if Rummy served in the military? I've never seen anything written about this.
Dean supporter for Kerry.
Travis in Collinsville
Subject: One more "isolated" incident from the archives
Don't forget to include Ashcroft as a partner and willing participant in torturing behavior. Keep pulling those tell-tale stories from the archives...
Jesus God! General Myers seemed to be blaming Dan Rather because they got caught! Once again people in this administration trying to destroy anyone who exposes their dirty deeds! And also send a message to the rest of the media, mess with us and we will destroy you! Now I know why a company as big as Disney is scared of the Bushes! These people are dangerous!
KM in SC
Subject: WHAT DID THE CHILDREN SEE?
Can you possibly ask someone to do some investigating and tell us what the children saw? The US has held minors (under age 16!) in Camp X-Ray and, I would certainly assume, at the Afghan and Iraqi prisons. Those at Guantanamo were released due to continuing protests and outrage a few months ago...but if these sorts of abuses are as widespread as the returned GI's now say...
WHAT DID THE CHILDREN SEE...AND/OR HEAR?
That is a whole other level of abuse...and criminal activity, if in fact the US military allowed minors to witness physical and sexual abuse (or, God forbid, to suffer it themselves).
you guys do a great job, i read your site all the time. last night i sent an email to the presidential prayer team asking if they ever pray for the murdered instead of praying for the murderers all the time. this morning i sent an email to disney telling them they should be prohibited from owning media corps. i think the real power of the internet is being able to tell these people/corporations how we feel about them. any chance you can provide an easy link from your site so people can drop them all a quick line?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: really now
To any and all readers,
Mr. Bush and Mr. Sharon believe in the near-term inevitability of the Apocalypse. They hold the conviction that they are Divine instruments in their roles as catalysts toward such...in all its Biblically described literality. This is the bottom-most bottom line we face as a species at this point in our history.
Please take my statements to heart and raise the point in some manner. At the very least, please repeat what I have expressed herein.
One and another,
Subject: President's character issue
Notice this section (from the "Lou Dobbs Tonight" show 5/6) of analysis of the Iraqi prisoner scandal, specifically CNN political analysts Carlos Watson and Ron Brownstein's final comments.
The President's judgment and management style is (finally) coming into question. yes, yes, yes. This is my worry, and my concern for the future. His management style, lack of deep thinking, etc...is fundamentally flawed...and could lead us into other terrible situations in the future. We need a wise and sage President with lots of political experience, which is why I so adamantly support Senator Kerry.
Subject: Cover Your Ass!
A word of advice to Sgt. Sindar and his friends -- COVER YOUR ASS!!
Document everything -- names, dates, deeds, who was your commanding officer and who was his, to your knowledge how far up the chain of command did the knowledge and awareness go, who knew about it and when did they know it, etc.. get pictures, signed affidavits -- everything! For who knows -- thirty years from now one of you might be running for president and you, too, might have to put up with the crap from the apologists who will be writing you off as a traitor, and justifying the misdeeds as being mere pranks by boys and girls just having a good time, or stressed people blowing off steam.
I am confident that even then we will have the Limbaughs and the O'Reillys with us -- even unto the end of time.
Subject: Vacation in Baghdad
Q. In his speech at the National Press Club on September 11, 2003, what did Donald Rumsfeld say could help pay for the rebuilding of Iraq?
A. Iraqi tourism. Seriously. Vacation in Baghdad.
"Tourism is going to be something important in that country as soon as the security situation is resolved, and I think that will be resolved as the Iraqis take over more and more responsibility for their own government," Mr. Rumsfeld said. "In the last analysis, they have to create an environment that's hospitable to investment and to enterprise." HEADLINE: Rumsfeld Says More G.I.'s Would Not Help U.S. in Iraq http://query.nytimes.com
Subject: Abu Ghraib Prison Should be Referred to as "Bushwitz"Dear BuzzFlash: I'm a regular reader of your daily publications.
I thought of a name you might want to utilize in describing the Abu Ghraib prison. You might want to call it "Bushwitz." Thanks.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's attitude about prisoners
You mentioned "Bush's Phony Expression of Disgust At War Crimes That He Likely Cackled About..." Wasn't there a prisoner on death row that Bush made fun of while Governor of Texas? Is this reflective of the President's attitudes about prisoners in general?
Subject: Limbaugh on Torture of Iraqis
This item is really amazing. You could just roll your eyes and say it's Rush being his usual charming self, but actually his attempt to justify the abuse of Iraqi prisoners as a harmless frat prank points up a central illusion in the Bush parallel universe: that all people are just like economically-privileged, white Americans -- or should be. Why do those Iraqis get all het up over insults to their silly, old-school Islamic beliefs; why don't they just lighten up, pledge the frat, and be more like "us"?
In the pre-Einsteinian Bush universe, to imagine anything from the other person's point of view is mere liberal weakness, a threat to "moral clarity." Thus the failure to grasp the enormous difference between the hazing of frat pledges (who come from the same social background as those doing the hazing and have joined the frat of their own free will) and the calculated degradation of prisoners jailed by a foreign conqueror. The only context that counts is "ours."
Subject: A question perhaps only Buzzflash can answer
Why aren't people laughing in the face of the President, Rumsfeld, and the others when they say "they will get to the bottom of this, justice will be served"??????? Yeah, just like they did with 9/11, the outing of Ms. Plame, intelligence failures, Bush's National Guard Service..... Has justice been served in any of those cases???????? A big loud belly laugh right in their faces is in order.
Bonnie M. Matheson
Subject: Eye On The Ball
What is going on while the prison mess takes all the headlines?
If there is more, why are we only getting a little at a time?
Is this going to be dragged out over a month or two? Long enough to cover up ummmmm what? Wiping out a whole City?
There are pipelines in Uzbek and Afghanistan being built with the income from opium grown there (Well that is possible).
Why didn't we have Saddam arrested and leave Iraq for the people? If we blew up any country in creation the inhabitants would be upset.
Did we even ask if they want English-speaking McDonalds employees?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Iraq Torture
Do you not, dear
buzz, get the feeling that we are once again being manipulated by Herr Rove?
Con you not see the deft orchestrations of Karl in the timing of the release
of "Photos" what is it they are hiding?? They hint at more to come, what
is it they cover with tantalizing Horrors to come?
John in Seattle
Subject: GEOGRAPHICALLY CHALLENGED GEORGE
Let's see~~the Taliban from AFGHANISTAN attacks New York City, so George attacks IRAQ. But when our military commits atrocities against IRAQI prisoners, George does a half-apology to the King of JORDAN. I suspect that Canada is sleeping with one eye open in the fear that we will get pissed off at Mexico one day and bomb the hell out of Quebec.
Subject: just a comment
I just would like to point out re the abuse, where are all of these right wing preachers? Now why have they not spoken out with their moral certitude? So far we have not heard one word about God's Emissary, Bush. Do they condemn the Bush admin for these atrocities? Or will they come out that he is doing God's work?
Subject: "Some effort," indeedFrom Yahoo News:
Boy, oh boy... "Some effort"? In what reality do these people exist? Certainly not the same one as the rest of the world. They still look at this horror as some sort of a PR blunder--"a damage in relations" after a social faux pas (which what the "publishing of pictures" must be in their minds). Wake up, Bush & Co, and smell the rage directed toward you. The torture and humiliation of Iraqis is the last nail to the coffin with your lies and cruelties, aka Operation Iraqi Freedom (oh, the horrific irony). Do you really think that punishing a handful of soldiers will calm and appease the revolted world? What gall. What myopia.
By all accounts, those revelations are barely the tip of an iceberg. I'm reading the Taguba's report, and, as appalling its findings are, I can't help but think that there is much, much more involved here that is NOT reported. The sheer fact that soldiers were allowed, if not encouraged, to take pictures of themselves torturing helpless human beings is so extremely disturbing because it illustrates how little indeed we think of those whom we are supposed to "liberate." There is no evidence of guilt or shame--or even discomfort--on the faces of the perpetrators; on the contrary, they are beaming with pride... Just like their Commander-in-Chief, none of them appears to "suffer from doubt."
One ex-prisoner from Abu Ghraib reports this about American soldiers' behavior:
They were enjoying taking photographs of the torture. There was a daily competition to see who could take the most gruesome picture. The winner's photo would be stuck on a wall and also put on their laptop computers as a screensaver.
How are we different from the Nazis? ARE we different from the Nazis?
As NYT reports, soldiers were encouraged to destroy evidence before the investigation started. Makes you think what other precious mementos of their "liberating" actions have been conveniently removed as not to disturb the peace of mind of the investigators and the American public.
There is such terrible irony involved here: the superior American technology becomes the very means by which American government's inhumanity and hypocrisy are inadvertently exposed. Had it not been for those photographs, the story of Iraqis torture and its investigation would have remained a footnote, hidden somewhere on pages 20+ of our papers--if it ever made it to the papers, that is. (And if there ever was an investigation in the first place.) Thanks to the pictures, which, as horrible as they are, still do not capture the full depth of the atrocities perpetrated in Iraq, we have a glimpse of the true nature of this enterprise billed as spreading American democracy around the world.
Thank you, Spec. Darby, for breaking the silence; you did the whole world a favor.
Subject: NO DOUBT, GEORGE BUSH HAS TO GO!Dear BuzzFlash,
I think that Rumsfeld should do our nation a big favor by resigning. He has been negligent in the handling of those Iraqi prisoners, and he has been incompetent in the planning of this senseless war. In the corporate world, he would have been fired without any hesitation. We can never win back the respect we have lost among the rest of the world, until George Bush and his much disliked administration are voted out of office. There is no doubt that another four years of this hell will be disastrous for the USA, as well as to the rest of the world.
I HOPE THAT MANY AMERICANS WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES AND VOTE AGAINST THIS ARROGANT, INCOMPETENT, BUSH ADMINISTRATION IN NOVEMBER.
Subject: Blame where due...........
Rumsfeld seems as if he is much more concerned about the people who released the pictures than the prisoners in the photos. The Red Cross clearly states that this abuse was routine and widespread. It is this "us good, them bad" mentality coupled with a "cult" of secrecy this administration fosters that creates the atmosphere that allows our troops to act in the manner they did against Iraqi and Afghanistan prisoners. This attitude starts with Bush/Cheney and permeates our forces because they are trained quite well to follow the leadership of their commanders. Ultimately the Commander in Chief and his command are the ones responsible for the image our troops display to the rest of the world. Bush should take responsibility instead of blaming the people who were doing what they were basically told to do by their superior officers.
For the guys on FOX that say "why aren't we complaining about the 50000 (or whatever it is today) people Saddam killed?" Supposedly we went to Iraq to STOP that. Do you really want us to compare the job Saddam did with the job that Bush is doing? Has Bush sunk so low that you think Saddam is a valid comparison? I sure hope not.
Subject: Air America
What can be done? I read this morning that Air America could not make payroll this week. Surely someone can come up with the funds to keep them on air. I cannot bear to think of their voices being silenced and I shudder to think how loud the Dittohead voices will be raised in what they will see as their triumph once again. America does not speak with one voice but for some reason, the "radical right" continues to successfully manage to make theirs heard and drowns out the rest.
In light of that, I am thankful for yours. Thanks for all your hard work.
Peggy in TX
Subject: The Bushies
I've seen and heard several stories lately about George Bush that increase my sinking feelings about the state of the union and the world.
First is the story about the Bush Roadshow in the Post last Thursday. Ann Gerhart emphasizes the Republican policy of issuing tickets for his appearances only to committed fanatics, having a cheer leader to tell the crowd when to cheer for Bush & boo for Kerry. Bush loves the adulation and the public will believe this a cross-section of voters who all love Bush. This is evidently what Bush has been doing with the public meetings Karl Rove has been staging ever since he was chosen president.
Second is his white house meeting with the James Dobson Focus on the Family group to energize the evangelical christian voting base. (Don't judge him for his accomplishments, he is a man of God and can do no wrong.)
Third and worst is the statement I heard on my radio pillow speaker last night. This may not be a direct quote but he said "our troops are in harm's way to protect our country and to promote world freedom." History now tells us we did not need protection from Saddam Hussein because he was not the menace Bush & Blair & Powell told us. World freedom has certainly not been promoted. How many deceased soldiers would want to believe that is what they died for?
Subject: GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Karl Rove
Karl Rove to students at Jerry Falwell's "Liberty" University: "Character Counts."
I leave it to those more talented than I at delving into the minefield of hypocrisy in the title alone.
BuzzFlash saves my life during these dark days.
Subject: Has anyone ever done an article
into Bush's un-Christian statements? Last month he said that our enemies "have
no souls." He's also said that we are "ridding the world of evil." Both of
these statements fly in the face of the fundamental tenets of Christianity. Only
God can rid the world of evil. And everyone is born with a soul and has one
even when they do great evil.
Subject: Re: Your recent link on Carl Rove and Liberty University
Hi...Just wanted to point out a further irony about the article on Carl Rove, Liberty University, and the character of leaders. Don't forget that Liberty University had to be bailed out by Reverend Moon, as documented on this link to Americans United.
November 1997: Falwell accepts $3.5 million from a front group representing controversial Korean evangelist Sun Myung Moon to ease Liberty University's financial woes. The donation, and several Falwell appearances at Moon conferences, raised eyebrows because Moon claims to be the messiah sent to complete the failed mission of Jesus Christ, a doctrine sharply at odds with Falwell's fundamentalist Christian theology. (In 1978, before the Moon money started flowing, Falwell told Esquire magazine, "Reverend Sun Myung Moon is like the plague: he exploits boys and girls, and he should be exported.") http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5839&abbr=cs
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