July 18, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Suggestion on "framing" Bush's Rove problem
People want to compare the promise Bush made to fire anyone who leaked with Clinton's parsing of the word "is." If Rove did not actually "name" Plame but instead just confirmed it, is that really a leak?
It's the wrong analogy. Recall Bush I was drawn and quartered with his "read my lips, no new taxes." That's the analogy. A promise made but abandoned.
Like father, like son.
Bush promised to fire anyone who leaked, period. Information was taken from a number of documents marked Top Secret or some such, so it's not just Plame's name. We can't split hairs.
When Bush made the promise, he didn't qualify it originally. That qualification only came later. So like father, like son -- neither one keeps his word when the chips are down!
Subject: Re: Bush retained attorney?
If you want something that will blow the socks off of the evening news, you'll want to put the corroboration for THIS particular gem in EVERYBODY'S in-box.
Since when does an innocent President need to hire a personal attorney to represent HIM, when presumably HE's not the one even under investigation? ... or is he?
One of the judges in the case made reference to a "plot against Wilson," suggesting that there were multiple people involved. Could the trail go all the way to the top? Tweak THIS particular tale ... then sit back and see who yelps loudest.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Oh, Senator, You Are So Right!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: ...WE CAN NEVER FINISH WHATEVER THE JOB IS, ALLEGEDLY, IN IRAQ ... NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, AND THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT IS.
As I, and others, have said over and over again, we were on the right track in Afghanistan, although even there the job may never have gotten finished, as the Russians discovered.
What we have is a situation created by Bush because he had a vendetta to vindicate his daddy.
He thought we could go in quickly, kill Saddam Hussein, and his sons if we had to, and that would finish it. The vendetta would be competed.
He never expected what is happening now. And because of Bush's stupidity, we are stuck in a part of the world where we have no business being, at least militarily, and we can't get out ... and AMERICANS DIE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DIE, as they did in Viet Nam, until our congress (both sides of the aisle) has the b**ls to stand up to Bush and his fascist cronies and say, "Enough is Enough" we are pulling them out and we have lost enough young Americans, and young Iraqis for NOTHING, NOTHING but your personal vendetta Mister Bush.
And we will see to it, Mister Bush, that you face whatever punishment occurs for your lies, your deception and your causing all of this strife to occur.
THAT'S HOW WE WILL GET OUT ... and if we don't, more thousands upon thousands will die, it will escalate and get worse ... and the city of Washington, DC will build another LARGE memorial to honor yet another brave group of Americans who will have died for NOTHING ... nothing except the ego and vendetta of a president who forced them into a country that we had no business in, and they died.
Americans, all united, have to realize that there is NO FINISH to this job that these men have been forced to fight for ... and demand, DEMAND, that the congress vote to bring them home, long before many thousands more come home in body bags, before many American children have to grow up without a parent, before many more wives have to bury their husbands, and before so many more parents outlive their son or daughter.
George W. Bush can become a decent president if he were to, for the first time in his administration, admit a mistake, say he is sorry, and bring them all home.
America CAN BE very forgiving ...
I don't think George W. Bush has the fortitude to do it however. He thinks more of himself than he does of our young soldiers and marines that will die.
Subject: Joe Wilson
Yes, you are, as you know, far and away the best progressive web site in the world (maybe Counterpunch a close second).
However, remember Gulf War I? Joe Wilson was a staunch Pappy Bush supporter. That was a set up war as well. Someone should do a video documentary thesis on the propaganda techniques employed then (remember Blitzkrieg Blitzer)? Shrub Bush also employs many of the Iran-Contra criminals who were pardoned by Pappy Bush?
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: DOD propaganda hits radio talk show circuits
Forgive the length of this, fellow Buzzers. But it's only when you connect the dots and see the pattern that the full, ugly picture emerges.
The DOD sent some talk show hosts to Iraq in April so they could come back and tell us how much progress is being made and how great everything over there is going.
I did a google search on the radio hosts mentioned in the article.
Jerry Agar, who's "always been kind of a pro-military guy," did an interview with Rumsfeld on June 27, 2005, on his radio show KMBZ News radio in Kansas City, Kansas, where he commiserates with Rummy on how frustrating it is that Americans believe what they see on television and not what he (Agar) saw "on the street" over there while on his one-week visit.
Steve Gill, did an interview with Rumsfeld on WWTN-FM Radio, Nashville, TN on Nov. 30, 2004.
(Scottie Semler, Gill's producer, said she was most surprised by the degree of stability she saw in Iraq outside Baghdad's heavily fortified International Zone. Acknowledging that danger still exists, she said her overall impression is that "it is safe.")
Mike McConnell, interviewed Rumsfeld on WLW, Cincinnati, OH on July 29, 2004: http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/2004/tr20040729-secdef1062.html
Q: The whole idea that the Administration lied about weapons of mass destruction started as a chant that became a bumper sticker, then a T-shirt and now it’s a full-fledged slogan. Just kind of curious. If you’re somebody who believes that it was a lie, just how many people would have to be in on a cover-up of that size, speaking just, you know, in our country and abroad?
SEC. RUMSFELD: I mean, it’s just a mindless accusation.
Q: Thus far, we’ve trained in the neighborhood of 200,000 security and police in Iraq. True?
SEC. RUMSFELD: Exactly.
And finally, Rusty Humphries, nominated as Talk Radio Personality of the Year by Radio and Records, has a photo of "his" media tent in Fallujah,
and now sells Authentic Mosque Alarm Clocks "imported directly from Iraq" in white, pink, green or blue, for $24.95 (which comes with a copy of his CD that he gave to the troops, with songs such as "Bomb Iraq," "Screw the French," "Hillary's a Deciver [sic]," and "Every Liberal Wants to Rule the World."
This rampant "RummyOpaganda" has not gone unnoticed: "It seems that Donald Rumsfeld has decided that my tax dollars - and yours - should be spent - not on more armor for Humvees or better health coverage for our wounded soldiers - but on cross-promotional concerts and PR junkets for conservative radio talk show hosts.
Just thought people might be interested in Rummy's talk show appearances and who gets to embed with the troops by special invitation--and who does not.
A Buzzflash Reader
Subject: Chris Matthew's sleazy slur of Hillary
Last week Chris Matthews called Hillary Clinton "witchy" on Hardball. He might as will have called her a bitch, because that is what he really meant. Read all about this at this site:
We have to nip this sleazy character assassination in the bud. Matthews has a nasty history of these comments about women, Hillary in particular. Besides being a grade-school bully move, it denigrates all women, especially smart women.
There is no place on the national stage for this kind of sleazy character assassination. Chris Matthews should be fired from Hardball for perpetuating this garbage.
Matthews also spearheaded the sliming of Al Gore in 2000. Look what we got -- a runaway deficit and a quagmire in Iraq which is killing thousands of people.
Subject: Privatizing Health Care
Doesn't work. There's a conflict of interest between a patient's needs and the profit motive, simple as that. The John Hopkins report is but the latest that proves that America's health care system not only can't come through for we the people but it's twice as expensive as the socialized systems of other industrialized nations which, incidentally, actually do provide care to everyone, nobody left out. Still our government insists on sticking to the market. Better a failed than a socialized health system, even if this means taking homeland casualties (an estimated fifteen thousand lives annually), not from roadside bombings as in Iraq, but from want of treatment for preventable or curable diseases like diabetes and hypertension and "besides; who gives a damn? We consider such casualties to be nothing but collateral damage so no official body counts, please!" Thus does ideology in today's America invariably trump human need. How to turn this around? Stop the war in Iraq. That's the start. The finish will be a continuous work in progress.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: NY Times: When an Explanation Doesn't Explain Enough, July 17, 2005
The article starts out, "Upholding the journalistic integrity of The New York Times requires a lot of care. Maintaining the perception of journalistic integrity can require even more care." I just burst out laughing and I know I don't have to explain why to you or your BuzzFlash readers.
R. M. Johnson
Subject: The gates are opening
Plamegate, Treasongate, Memogate, Gulaggate, MainstreamMediagate, G8gate, BloodforOilgate ... how many more gates do you need? Let's get on with the People's business and get rid of these thugs, immediately. Show the world how great America can be. WE are the People. WE are America, and these lying murderous thugs are not our leaders. They are our downfall. It's time to act. Let's roll.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: I have a question
Do the Dems have attack-dog-like point people specifically assigned to the quickly-evolving Rove/Plame scandal? It's obvious the GOP (as usual) does as they've already set in motion their coordinated, obfuscate-like-crazy affront on the matter. It's what they do -- ironically, mastered by Rove.
Where's the evidence that the Dems are staying one step ahead of the GOP shenanigans? Democrats can't rely solely on Air America and the liberal blogosphere to keep this controversy on the front-and-center burner. Instead, they need to take a page from the Clinton playbook and assemble a control center (ala Carville/Stephanopoulos) that conducts intensive research and strategy, and responds immediately.
If the Dems fail to do this, Rove will escape. Make no mistake. As NBC's Tim Russert heard from a Republican, if it were a Democrat in the White House, the GOP-controlled Congress would already be advancing several investigations as we speak. Instead, we have the likes of Republican Norm Coleman pleading, "Stop the partisan attacks. Let's get away from the gotcha politics." (Funny how they dislike "gotcha" crap when it's one of their own taking it on the chin ...).
Heck, the Dems should directly be consulting with Carville (Where is the guy? He's been more AWOL than Cheney!) and Bill Clinton. The chickens are coming home to roost for Rove -- long overdue. Coming off the filibuster-agreement debacle, the Dems can't screw this one up.
Subject: My question concerning "Plamegate"
The republicans have launched their ever too typical smear campaign centred on "he needed his wife to send him to Niger" and other such "sissy-talk" about Mr. Wilson, & he has provided the necessary corrections of fact about his wife's involvement in his trip to Niger.
What is interesting to me is the one person we have heard nothing from in all this "his wife, my wife" back and forth: Mrs. Plame-Wilson. She hasn't been in the kitchen baking cookies this whole time, letting the "men" deal with this delicate public matter, has she? Considering that she was an undercover CIA agent, I can only assume she has more "balls" than everyone else involved. But not a word ... no "I hope Mr. Fitzgerald gets to the bottom of this matter concerning our national security," not even a white house non-comment like "I don't want to say anything during the investigation." Has she already given a "no comment, I don't want to be a part of this," or has no one in the media even tried to talk with her? Maybe it's the case that having been in "The Agency," she's more comfortable keeping everyone in the dark.
Well that's what I've been thinking on recently, it'd be cool to see a BuzzFlash exclusive interview with "The CIA Agent at the centre of the storm."
Peace Love Unity Strength,
Subject: Too Young To Remember Watergate
... but I've read about it and by all accounts it was a dark period in American politics. This by far is worse than Watergate. I have a feeling that this Administration is far more corrupt than anyone could ever imagine. I think we're just skimming the top of corruption; these people are rotten to the core!
My hope is a great number of them will be marched out of the White House in handcuffs. Republicans throw words like traitor and treason around recklessly, but if people who didn't support Bush say it, they'd be right in referring to this vile, despicable group currently in the White House.
I was one of those people who thought there's no way Bush knew about 911 and didn't stop it. Now I find it plausible that he may have known. I was dismissive to people who threw those kinds of theories around. I'm saddened to think that this Administration will do anything for political gain, including compromising the security of this country.
I mean, hell, this Administration tried to use a brain-dead woman and 911 for their own political gain. Everything is partisan to them ... That's why we find ourselves in the current situation.
It's not hard to believe that Rove would leak the name of this agent, because her husband had the audacity to criticize this Administration.
People, regardless of what party you belong to, you should find this very troubling. It's not about Con's and Lib's; it’s about Rove's role in putting the name of a CIA agent out there, for no other reason than to get revenge against her husband.
Plame's own mother and father had no idea that she worked for the CIA. Do you not understand the seriousness of this act of treason?
When CIA agents are killed they don't even release their names to the public, they're only known by numbers. This is more than someone spreading office gossip around. The men and women in the FBI and the CIA put their asses on the line every day trying to protect this country and they deserve more than the juvenile actions of a lowlife, sleazy college dropout like Rove.
Subject: Plamegate Meets the Downing Street Memos
The truth twisting can be understood, at least up to a point. There's hardly a politician, past or present, who hasn't selectively used slivers of truths to forward their position on an issue or their party's agenda. Often these are nuanced attempts to seize the upper ground to promote platforms to which they are committed, leaving it up to the opposition and the press to fill in the blanks so a more complete picture can be viewed.
It is a whole other thing to put out utter falsehoods whose sole purpose is to denigrate their opponent. This type of mudslinging has been the hallmark of Karl Rove. From Ann Richards (lesbian), to John McCain (mentally unstable), to Al Gore (exaggerator), to Joe Wilson (partisan), to Paul O'Neill (disgruntled), to Richard Clarke Out (of the loop),to John Kerry (flip flopper) and back to Joe Wilson (still partisan), the landscape is littered with individuals who have been leaked on so abusively that the resultant stains have been nearly impossible to remove. To Republicans, though, the thrill of victory seems to erase any memory as to how they got there, and in actuality, they prop up Rove as a master strategist and brilliant svengali who will lead them to their promised land of complete government control and media domination.
There is little to no reasoning with most Republicans when it comes to issues of character. They will not waver from their position unless their filtered sources set the record straight. Even then, as is the case with Karl Rove admitting that he revealed to Time Magazine's Matt Cooper the classified information that Joe Wilson's wife (AKA Valerie Plame) was a CIA operative working on weapons of mass destruction, they act as if somehow she deserved to be outed because of her "partisan" husband. They also believe that Rove was actually doing a public service by helping keep Cooper from using possible erroneous information in a soon to be published story.
Logic on the other hand dictates that Rove's responsibility as THE Senior White House Advisor was to discourage any mention of such sensitive information, as was his patriotic duty to likewise discourage the original media person that he claims first informed him of Ms. Wilson's status, to not jeopardize this intelligence asset while the war on terror was being waged. Further, shouldn't Karl Rove have informed George Bush that an Agency person had been compromised so George Tenet could also be made aware and thus could take the proper measures to protect all related CIA assets? Not in the scorched body world of Karl Rove. It was time to throw fuel on the fire and toast anyone who stood in the way of a war that was ready to be marketed.
In June of 2002 a PowerPoint presentation laying out Rove's strategy to "focus on war" and to "maintain a positive issue environment" so as to influence the mid-term elections, mysteriously showed up in Lafayette Park. Yet another earmark of Karl Rove's means to get out his message to the faithful - placing "sensitive" information in the hands of his adversaries so we are left to wonder how they got those hands into the cookie jar. Chief of Staff Andy Card reinforced the plan by chiming in: "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." Ironically, Paul O'Neill's book, titled "The Price of Loyalty," that exposed the administration's designs on Iraq from day one, demonstrated from a resultant smear the high costs in reputation of disloyalty. Richard Clarke got sullied for publicly making similar claims while testifying before the 9-11 Commission. Even though O'Neill and Clarke eventually qualified their criticisms, Wilson stood his ground and went one better by going on the attack. For once Rove is now on the defensive, and it's getting pretty deep as the storm continues to twist truth in the wind.
The Power Point presentation, along with Card's commentary, have profound significance because their timing provides immense foundation for the suppositions of the Downing Street Memos. In a June 2002 meeting held between senior US officials and the head of Britain's CIA equivalent led our future ally to walk away with the impression that there was a very weak case to be made connecting Saddam Hussein to WMD - the primary rationale for their much desired war sale. In their fervor not to be deterred, the evidence was to be fixed around the pro-war policy, which was also the issue to turn the upcoming election in the Republican Party's favor. In an almost unprecedented fashion, the election allowed them to gain seats in both the House and Senate. The talk of yellow cake uranium, aluminum tubes, softball sized nuclear devices that could be delivered by drones, and possible proof coming in the form of a mushroom cloud gave the GOP infested Congress plenty of rationalization to easily justify handing over the keys to their war powers over to Bush. The resultant accident waiting to happen wasn't simply a matter of bad driving. It was a power drunk administration taking our military apparatus for a joy ride without familiarity with the route and apparently sans a map.
An offshoot to reckless policymaking was the rubber stamping of torture. Carefully crafted wordings about the applicability of the Geneva Conventions and interrogation practices for detainees caught up in our military actions allowed for serious prisoner abuses that we now learn started at Guantanamo and were exported to Abu Ghraib and other detention centers around the globe. Once revealed, the GOP faithful sprang to defend and trivialize the indefensible. Purporting that abuses were being carried out by an isolated few "recreational sadists" who were exuberantly doing nothing more serious than what might happen at a fraternity hazing, justification was echoed based on the need to get the terrorists to talk. Of course, we know that people die and are seriously injured during hazing activities just as they were at offshore US detention facilities. We also know that all of those who were caught up in the wars were not terrorists in the first place. Regardless of whether the policies themselves went beyond John Ashcroft and Donald Rumsfeld, who have little defense to deny that torture was systemically occurring based on their decision making, for Republicans to support such bad actors and condone torture and rendition is appalling and a disgrace to what this country should project as our image.
It isn't imperative that Congress bring to justice anyone in the administration that might be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors for starting a war under false pretences and revealing the identity of a CIA operative during a time of war. Reality dictates the current tip in the balance of power will not allow this to occur, regardless of culpability.
However, it is more important to re-establish checks and balances by not letting the Downing Street Memos fade into the background, which is gradually happening, especially when they are such an integral part of everything Iraq related. One way to shine a light on the modern day Republican Party is to shamefully make all references to the GOP synonymous with truth twisting, torture, and treason.
Subject: "I know you are, but what am I?"
I Just finished reading and listening to the BuzzFlash Sunday headlines - well some of them (Video: Ken Mehlman slippery on whether he'll respect rule of law 7/17 and GOP Congressman apologizes after saying Hitler's Jew-hating was a "political rationale" putting him ahead of Guantanamo prisoners 7/17 Republicans fired the messengers who warned of a veterans' services shortfall 7/17 and The Weekly Radio Address: Karl Rove and the CIA 7/17 and I thought "What evil bastards they are"... nothing new on this end, I must say.
Then I read (Republicans fired the messengers who warned of a veterans' services shortfall 7/17) and I thought about how infantile and dangerous this administration and their ''journalism'' lackeys are. They lie and they cheat and they turn on one another just like children who are members of some select and elite junior high school club or a fraternity that blackballs pledges for wearing the wrong colors or dating the wrong girl. They care not about others - who they deceive, who they hurt, whose lives they so callously damage. It is all about them and their power. (They are all id.)
As adults, we hope these adolescents grow to be caring, thoughtful and intelligent members of society. But we see they are destroying nearly everything they touch with no remorse or conscience. It feels sometimes that we have to sit back and watch, because, just like many adolescents, they push us away, wanting to do it on their own.
The biggest problem and the greatest difference is that these children (BushCo) are destroying not just their own futures, but yours and mine as well. We adults need to take control, lead the way, and when necessary, discipline in order to help them develop properly and in the process save ourselves.
I am reading "Worse Than Watergate." This book shows that none of what has occurred leading up to the war in Iraq, and the elections since 2000 is accidental. Some of us knew that well before this book was written. (The most recent edition of the book has an added chapter on the 2004 elections.) If you haven't read it - it is a must read. Borrow it, buy it (but not through Amazon or Borders as they greatly contributed to the Republican election coffers). But absolutely read it.
Then start writing your newspapers and your radio and tv stations. Call your representatives who are ALL up for re-election in 2006. Insist on changes and insist on them now, or threaten to campaign for someone to defeat them. Our futures are truly at stake ...
And the children are in charge right now.
Subject: Privatized Health Care
So it's double the price of socialized health care systems in other industrialized nations such as Canada, France, and Spain, and that doesn't figure in the loss to humanity of at least fifteen thousand individuals who die each year of preventable or curable diseases because they're among the one in six Americans excluded by the for-profits. Why, then, do the powers that be insist on cramming their market-based greed machine down our collective gullet?
They practice ideology over human need, that's why, and they're in constant dread of the good example of a real health system that cares for all; nobody left out. They've been hammering away unrelentingly with the falsehood that private is always better and cheaper. Right now they're positioning themselves to have UPS, Fed-Ex and that ilk take over the United Stated Postal Service. What do you think the price of postal stamps will be then? Snuffing out the good example, whether a movement, a nation, a postal or a health care system; that's the modus operandi of the powers that be - "Damn you people, we know what's best for you and it just happens always to be the free market."
The numbers show otherwise and, as always, the truth is the opposite of what we're told. It's back to the commons, folks (not their privatizing BS), with all of the good examples that can change the world and everyone's to lead.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Impeach the Turd Traitor's Other Leaker--and the whole evil lot
A reader in the July 15th mailbag asks ... who is the other leaker besides Rove and Novak? It's Cheney's major domo Libby Lew, of course. You'll recall in Iran-Contra, all the second-in-commands took the fall though the Special Counsel's final report named Reagan, Bush 1 et al. And by the time Club Fed time was in the offing for the Reagan-Bush 1 criminals, Bush 1 pardoned them. Same slimeballs, same story, just different facts, and a hell of a lot bigger effects. If the Demos don't make the greatest advantage of this to win back America ... then they're just as bad.
This is TREASON and should not be minimalized by terming it "Rovegate." We need to get to the Tipping Point to remove the criminal regime from the Oval Office. They've stolen America's good name, many billions of dreams, cleaned out Fort Knox, divided the country and the world, caused the deaths of over 100,000 innocent people, and stolen over $318 billion from the American people to enrich Halliburton with no-bid contracts while the sitting VP is its biggest stockholder.
And Clinton got impeached for what amounts to warm-up sex with an of-age aggressor?!!
Bushco isn't just the worst administration in American history, they are by far the most diabolical. One has to look back to Hitler for its equal. They gleefully referred to their planned organized mass slaughter of innocents as a "new product to be rolled out in September," i.e. "Shock and Awe." The difference in the numbers of lives claimed by Hitler and Bush is relativism--not in foreknowledge of what they were doing, nor their psychotic intent.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Real Reason We Are In Iraq ...
Ever since 1992 George Herbert Walker Bush (daddy) had carried a severe grudge against Saddam Hussein. He didn't get him in Gulf War I and then Saddam had a plot to assassinate him.
But something happened that he didn't expect. Bill Clinton defeated him in the presidential election so his window of opportunity to get him (Saddam) had evaporated.
Until, of course ... Junior came along and won the presidency (well, he really stole it, he didn't win it) in 2000.
This, I believe, was all set up by Daddy Bush.
So now he has the opportunity to fulfill his vendetta against Saddam Hussein with his dummy son, his simplistic son, in the White House.
But first he has to get the right people in place. He began that during the campaign when he had Dick Cheney go out to find the best VP candidate for junior. Cheney came back with his recommendation, HIMSELF.
Part One of GHWB's plan of vindication was in place.
Then, he needed to get his old cronies into key places into the administration so they could advise and CONTROL junior and, eventually, go to Iraq and get his vendetta against Saddam fulfilled.
That's where Rove, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Armitage, Scooter Libby and several others, including Colin Powell, came into play.
Powell, though, had some ethics, and we know where he is now ... OUT OF THE LOOP.
So now it was all in place. GHWB, the ex head of the CIA, the chief intelligence agent in the country, had worked his covert plan and was now running the country, again ... in the face of his son, Simplistic Georgy.
And now we see the results of all of these years of planning ... and now we are in a quagmire up to our asses in muck.
So, this seems a little far out to some of you doesn't it?
Well, if so ... come up with a better explanation.
I believe that mine will, in time, turn out to be the truth.
Subject: Yellowcake/Plamegate: Two Sets of Phony Documents?
Back in December 2003, the Washington Post had this to say about the memo which is the subject of the article cited above:
Yet the NYTimes article makes no mention of the fact that the CIA has challenged its authorship. Instead the article keeps referring to the notes of the INR employee who the CIA says could not have attended the meeting!
I can't help wondering if we are not dealing here with two sets of faked documents: the first set is of course the faked Nigerian yellowcake documents. On January 2, 2001, after a break-in at the Nigerian embassy in Rome, investigators in retrospect think the thieves stole letterhead to produce the forgeries on.
The second set of faked documents would of course be the notes and memorandum by the INR employee who the CIA says could not have attended the meeting at CIA headquarters in early February of 2003. Mike Allen and Dana Milbank in their December 2003 piece wrote furthermore about the memorandum:
Of course now we know Gannon/Guckert of Talon News was a fake journalist, and furthermore the White House knew he was a fake.
Was the memo which supposedly provided plausible deniability for Rove, like the Nigerian yellowcake memo, also fake?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Judy Miller approves
Thank goodness the compassionate conservatives have legalized torture. Now we can put panties on Judy Miller's head, make her sit in her own urine, put electrical needles under her fingernails and shock her with 50,000 volts until she reveals who committed treason. (After all, she is on record in support of Bush's withdrawing from the Geneva Convention in order to torture prisoners just SUSPECTED of withholding information or SUSPECTED of being an enemy combatant, or in her case, possible treason.) After this, we shall convert her to Christianity and she will stop lying. Everyone knows Republican Christians are of the highest moral character and don't lie.
It is such a relief to know the Republicans have brought back dignity and respect to the white house and restored the world's love for America. You can say a lot of things about Bush, but you know he would never lie.
P.S. As soon as she breaks down, we can do some water boarding with Karl Rove until he confesses to anything we want him to say. In extraordinary times we need extraordinary measures. I know Judy Miller would approve, this is the type of government she voted for. Perhaps you could poll your readers as to whether this would improve Homeland Security.
Subject: Wilson/Plame, remember "cinderella complex?"
I am an old broad. I do not know how younger women feel ... but, Joe Wilson is, for every woman of my generation ... "knight in shining armor" stuff. Joe Wilson will not back off and be intimidated by anyone who wants to trash his wife. He is the dream man who will "save" his woman from anyone doing her harm. Remember "The Cinderella Complex??" This has gotta make women my age want to go spit on Karl Rove and the (really physically ugly) men that are trying to destroy her.
Subject: This Colonial Legacy
The big eight. Forgiving the African debts. How generous! They must be joking. What debts? Africa was getting along quite well until the Europeans came along. Then, a century ago in Berlin - that meeting - "I'll take such and such; one for you and one for me!" This on top of having destroyed the fabric of Africa with their ----ing slave trade. What gall! - "We've got all your chips, now; so behave yourselves, we'll run the show, the best you can do is try to imitate us and good luck. As for your way of life - it'll be a great tourist attraction."
The mid-seventies in a newly self-liberated part of Africa. This traveler had just signed on to help out. The former European settlers had flown away; back to the fatherland, having chosen Europe over Africa, where many of these settlers actually had been born. Birthplace and birthright. Two different things it turns out.
Birthplace, a matter of chance while birthright has to do with attachment to the land.
What did the natives make of this - "Thanks a lot, settlers. After all that you've stolen from us during your colonial years and, mustn't forget your lifestyles while here (compared to the way us natives were forced to live and oh how much we suffered) and you leave us with only a couple dozen physicians to attend to the needs of nearly eight million of us. As for health care, at first glance it looked to the visitor like a lost cause except that there's no such thing as lost cause in Africa since humanity wouldn't be here today if, in the beginning there'd ever been such a self-destructive concept.
Imagine the health care situation in Africa if way back then - "Sorry it's a lost cause." "Thanks a lot, a**-hole, now let's get to work!" An effective health care system developed for Africans by Africans? No problem! Africa knows how. It's where our ancestors learned what it took to survive - plenty of cooperation and everyone a leader. Forty years ago Africans had regained their birthright for the first time in centuries. What would they do? What might they become? It was too much for empire-USA & friends. - "What if they succeed? Only if we let them! Now go blow them down!" Always blow them down.
That's colonialism. As to this business about forgiving debts? One moment, please. Who owes whom?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Deep Trouble
THE SECOND SOURCE IS WOLFOWITZ. Don't believe the hype.
You know what this means? All the way to the top. This is bigger than Watergate. Wolf was parked months ago for a reason.
Deep Trouble in Little Washington.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Speculation ... but he wasn't in the White House?]
Subject: Laughing at Bush
During a press conference with Indian Prime Minister Singh on Monday morning, July 18, Bush was asked a question about the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame issue. When Bush responded that "We have a serious ongoing investigation here," he was roundly laughed at, and I mean laughed at, by the press corps. Did anyone else pick up on this? The laughter was obvious.
Donald P. Russo
[BuzzFlash Note: Thanks for the tip. We just watched it, at the end of his discussion of "Freedom and Democracy" with Prime Minister Singh of India.]
Subject: George Bush's Moral Paradox
You can see good indications of the moral paradoxes in the thinking processes of George Dubya by two significant decisions he has made in the course of his administration.
Example one: The War on Iraq -- prior to the actual start of the war, former and current inspectors, Scott Ritter and Hans Blix, both stated that Iraq had no WMD. The UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq, had unfettered access to sites previously off limits. George Bush could easily have waited until the inspectors were completely finished with their inspectors before sending our sons and daughters into harm's way. BUT, he didn't. He decided that the truth wasn't important and that their lives weren't worth it.
Example two: Plame-Gate -- George Bush said if anyone in his administration was the source of leaks, they would be fired. It is now established that there were two sources of leaks -- Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. Rove, of course, is Bush's Brain, and Libby is Cheney's boy. Our national security, and that of undercover operatives in other countries, has been compromised. Does he FIRE them, as he said he would? No, he decides he won't comment on anything because there is an investigation pending.
So, what do we have here?
1. Sending America's sons and daughters to their deaths -- no problem -- no need to wait for investigation to be completed before doing so.
2. Firing confirmed sources of leaks of national security information is a problem -- he will wait for investigation to be completed before doing anything.
There are some serious problems with Dubya's thinking process. Obviously, by his actions he demonstrates that his political cronies matter more to him than the security of our country.
This is truly disgraceful, and I, for one, cannot and will not support a President whose moral priorities are so backwards.
Subject: Uh oh. I think I smell trouble ahead re the Supreme Court.
At least I smell SOMETHING -- and it stinks to the outer galaxies. I just finished reading the WP editorial (July 18), "Attack on the Courts." Apparently, Rep. F. James Senselessbrainer (Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee) is doing his best (or worst) to legislate an even more limited role for the judiciary. He intervened in a drug case sentencing, demanding that "justice be done" re sentencing in a drug case. And of course he wants to curb the rights of defendants to appeal even further than has already been done. Hmm. Do I see a pattern here? Poor defendants will have fewer and fewer rights to appeal their convictions, even when their lawyers are grossly negligent, fall asleep in court, or "forget" to file their appeals on a timely basis. Having Senselessbrainer blatantly seek legislation to allow Congress to prescribe sentences and limit appeals is a clear violation of the Constitution.
But that's only ONE approach the Repugs are taking. The other (well, DUHH) is to pack the Supreme Court in rushed-through appointments. (Yes, I realize that Sandra Day O'Connor replacement is the first -- but if Dubya proposes a woman, it may well turn out to be Priscilla Owens or Janice Rogers Brown. More likely the latter, since (a) she's black -- so Dems who oppose her can easily be smeared with "racism" charges; and (b) she's far enough to the right to throw raw meat to the anti-human-rights faction.
But think about it. I think Rehnquist's health will compel him to retire within the next year, if not sooner. (I'll bet the Busheviks are fuming because he threw a wrench into their machine.) Also, John Paul Stevens is (I think) even older than Rehnquist. And Ruth Bader Ginsberg has, like Rehnquist and O'Connor, had cancer. If I were any of them -- hell, if I were any justice except Scalia or Thomas -- I'd probably hire an armed bodyguard and be very, very careful of what I ate. (I'd bring my own food to official dinners!)
As I wrote before the 2004 election, these people (meaning the administration, starting with Rove and Cheney) will stop at NOTHING. Arranging "accidents" for elderly and/or ailing -- as well as liberal to moderate -- justices seems like a plausible Rovian/neocon strategy to me. Bush's "legacy" doesn't seem likely to be based on "reforming" (haha) Social Security. Or on the "healthy" economy; the "low unemployment figure" everyone touts is mainly a result of people whose benefits have ended, so they end up unreported no matter how desperately they need a job (which has probably been exported to the third world and doesn't exist here anymore). So what's left?
Aha! Packing the Supreme Court with a whacko (but ethnically correct) far-right activist justice (e.g., Rogers Brown), followed by (upon Rehnquist's leaving) appointing Alberto ("Torture's fine with ME; I'll just keep redefining it") Gonzales as Chief Justice, and then planting a banana peel on the stairs for Stevens to step on and ... oops!
I'll stop at this point, but I'm really having dark visions of how the scenario is likely to turn out.
Barb in Athens, GA
[BuzzFlash Note: We hope the justices will be safe. There was that recent poisoning of the Ukraine's President Yushchenko, though.]