July 25, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: From Treasongate to Pardongate
All those precedents that have been set by the Republican Party may help them, but they also set a precedent of being able to question the President's Secret Service about the activities that took place, surrounding the events during the time of the CIA outing. I think they should go there with their questioning, before Roberts can be confirmed. I think Fitzpatrick should be thinking about doing that, and doing it soon.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's Accomplishments
Right now, this very minute, a Shia state is forming. The facts on the ground, the like of which you won’t be hearing much about in the MSM, are that a democratically elected government in Iraq is instituting Sharia law (you know, making women second class citizens among other things) allying itself politically and militarily with Tehran, its former hated enemy, and has apologized for the Iraq-Iran war. All this while seeming to tolerate an independent Kurdistan. Now that’s an accomplishment! Think of it. What Ayatollah Khomeini did not achieve in eight long years of bloody warfare, advancing the Shia revolution, Bush and the neo-con artists accomplished in two years of occupation. There is little the Bushies can do about it in any case. The Shia in Iraq are three times as numerous as the Sunnis and the Shia clerics seem to be running the day-to-day administration of things. Americans can’t do that if they want to allow a true Iraqi government to coalesce and even if they decide not to, they don’t know the language, are ignorant of the culture and are totally mistrusted. Remember Daddy Bush and rise up you Iraqis? Bush’s greatest accomplishment, however, is that the Shia (and the Kurds) are determined to keep physical and financial control of their oil because in Saddam’s day, the Baathists siphoned off most of the oil profits and spread it amongst the Sunni population. The Shia (and the Kurds) are not likely to let that happen again. Now those permanent military bases we’re building in Iraq (this is a really good use of taxpayers' dollars) are, presumably, going to protect the oil profits going to-you guessed it-the Shia. George, brilliant plan. In the meantime, the Shia have largely stopped opposition to the American and British forces, urging their various militias to get some real military training by joining the new Iraqi security forces while said security forces are, in the meantime, infiltrated by Iranian elements. What an accomplishment!
What’s a neo-con to do? I know darn well what they are doing. They are planning their next macabre fantasy because that is all they do; they go from one failure to the next without so much as a look back. Any way, BuzzFlash readers, give the Galbraith piece a look.
S. M. Potopa
Americans are watching the Bush Administration attempt history's largest ever transfer of a people's wealth into the hands of corporate interests. In that effort the Administration has successfully cooked up wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and sold them to a fearful populace as the means to safety and security. So far they have enjoyed less success in getting their hands on Social Security and public education funds.
But it is startling how their mission has so very nearly twisted this Administration into the shape of an organized crime family where each person's loyalty is measured by their willingness to "hit" enemies and join in conspiracies for their share of the loot.
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice proved she could coldly lie us into Iraq in a way that mocked Gen. Colin Powell's capacity for dishonesty, and so she was rewarded with his job as Secretary of State. At the same time Rice's NSA deputy proved himself equally deft at lying about such things as yellow cake and aluminum tubes, so Stephen Hadley was moved up to Bush's cabinet.
Alberto Gonzales conspired with then Gov. George Bush to execute record numbers of poor Texans. And Gonzales won "made-man" status after he helped President Bush create the gulag of our time in Guantanamo, advised that provisions of the Geneva Conventions were quaint and obsolete, and set in motion the abuses and tortures of Abu Ghraib and the secret U.S. dungeons around the world. Gonzales was rewarded with the position of Attorney General.
Tom Ridge began to balk at the raising and lowering of the terror alert level based on political considerations. So the Bush Administration scoured the nation for an individual craven enough to scheme with them. Bernard Kerik's came highly recommend by Don Giuliani, and his resume included a $6 million dollar profit from Taser International and Giuliani Partners for exploiting post-9/11 fears for personal gain. Kerik was judged ready to join John Negroponte, John Poindexter, and John Lehman as a capo in the Bush Administration and look after the security of the family business a.k.a. the United States of America.
The Bush Administration has adopted a Mafia-style code of silence as it tries to fight off the threat to itself in the investigation of the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. Thick as thieves, George Bush suddenly won't comment and omerta has kicked in too with Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld, Ari Fleischer, Robert Novak, and Judith Miller.
When Sandra Day O'Connor left the U.S. Supreme court, Edith Clement seemed the perfect replacement. Clement is a woman and a strong conservative and probably Laura Bush's choice. But, sadly for her, Edith Clement had never traveled to Florida in 2000 like John Roberts and embraced the hijacking of a presidential election that started our national crime family on its mission.
Paul A. Moore
Subject: My Letter to Rep. Cynthia McKinney
I have copied my letter to Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Democrat from GA, regarding her hearing to look at questions concerning 9/11. She gets a lot of pressure and ridicule from our red-state citizens, so I hoped that perhaps some fellow BuzzFlashers would send her their support. Thanks!
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: BuzzFlash doesn't join with those alleging collusion. But we know some readers are keeping an eye on the question.]
Subject: Over Reactionary Practices
Some of us in Canada have held a moment of silence concerning the death of your democracy after the making permanent of the 'Big Brother' Act II. We are aware of the freedoms being denied you, the citizens of a once democratic nation-state in this take-over of your rights and liberties. It is a solemn, dark time in the annals of human history. We never believed that we would ever live as neighbours of a fascist country. That you used to have democracy is doubly damaging to your morale, I am sure. Given that your society had made many of us in other countries wonder how you could have so much, consumerism and neo-liberal economics touted as such a wonderful thing would appear to have brought a once prosperous democratic nation to its knees at the hands of a government takeover by corporations. Militarily based corporations and big media corporations have taken control of your country under the guise of a 'freely elected' administration. It now controls who has what, who reads what, and who lives and who dies (literally with your non-existent public medical health insurance). It controls who is allowed to speak and who is not. It controls who is to be educated and who is not. It controls who is imprisoned and who is left free another day. The list of those who are losing the right to legal recourse is [growing] daily, whether white, black, brown, red, yellow, pink, purple, rainbow or green. We who still have some rights to organize and to dissent are in mourning for you, the citizens who once had those rights and consequently, we will endeavor to ensure that those rights remain ours to cherish.
This is the time for all good and honest citizens to take them down, be you liberally or conservatively inclined. If every one of you who opposes those who would deny you your rights were to join one of the multitude of organizations that protests the injustices being done you and others, then you would also have your name on the lists. Rather than fear that, be proud to be listed! How many governmental agencies and forces would then be needed to follow every one of you? Get yourself involved in Code Pink, in ACLU, in Human Rights Watch, in Amnesty International, in any anti-government marches, anti-war demonstrations, in Veterans for Peace. Whichever activity will get you on the list being created by the government watching for subversives. If there are fifty million people on these lists (I believe about half of all the American voting population?), then how are they going to check you all out? Overwhelm them with numbers in this non-violent, yet overt civil disobedience (no more being penned, in demonstration areas, away from public eyes) and then they can no longer slide through on technicalities. They cannot possibly control that many citizens, jail that many citizens, or quash the demands of so many of you who are being held hostage by these fear-mongering totalitarians in charge. You must fight back, nonviolently, in every way you can to take back your once proud nation. It is going to take a lot of brass to do it, but it must be done if you are to regain what was once a for more respected democratic country.
If you do not do so, you, too, will be subject to the horrors that are happening in Britain right now with innocent people being killed in cold blood by fearful police, as what happened to the poor Brazilian immigrant who panicked at being chased by the police and ended up with five bullets in his head, no questions asked first.
This is what happens in nation states that are run by military juntas, not what is acceptable in democratic societies gone mad by fear.
You must, must, and I repeat, must fight for your country, not in Iraq or Iran, but in your country itself, against an enemy greater than Osama Bin Laden. That enemy is your own government and its bed partners, the industrial-military complex and corporate media. The time to hide under your beds and in your closets is gone. But remember this, you are not fighting alone; we who live in countries surrounding you, as well as other nations beyond this continent, are rooting for you, encouraging you in your struggles, and willing to back you up any way we can since we are only on the outside looking in. However, it is up to you because it needs to be done from the inside. Strength to the willing.
Subject: defending country ...
Subject: A Roveless Bush Has No Thorns
The first time we heard what a genius Karl Rove was, we rolled our eyes. Then he masterminded improbable victories over John McCain, Al Gore, and John Kerry. He has intimidated allies, smeared enemies, and scared the ever-living s**t out of media hacks. ‘Smoking gun’ memos have found their way into the hands of sworn enemies, only to be proven fraudulent. White House reporters with questionable credentials and even more questionable hobbies have lobbed softballs to his boss during press briefings. His insistence that Bush’s vote would “come in late” on election day was followed by a predictable, yet mathematically impossible reversal of fortune in Ohio, dooming John Kerry to Jr. Senator status for the rest of his days. Then there is the wheeling and dealing we know nothing about, some of which must make the above instances look amateurish in comparison. What first raised eyebrows amongst Liberals must now be taken as fact; if you define ‘genius’ as ‘unscrupulous,’ Karl Rove definitely qualifies.
It should come as no shock that some of Rove’s misdeeds have returned to haunt him. Whether he merely perjured himself before a Grand Jury, or perpetrated the treasonous act of “outing” an undercover CIA agent, it is clear Rove will not walk away from this debacle unscathed. The downfall of the Boy Genius was inevitable. What is more uncertain, however, is the impact his possible demotion will have on George W. Bush.
George W. Bush’s obscenely charmed life can be traced back to two underlying factors: his lineage, and Karl Rove’s particular brand of samurai politics. His family protected his snake-bitten ass during a prolonged adolescence (read: 40 years), and Rove has shepherded him through adulthood. Of course, somebody will step into the void, filling Rove’s coveted spot, but it is unlikely they will possess the same thirst for malfeasance as their predecessor. Where does this leave Our Boy George?
Let’s assume our versions of the events surrounding Bush’s half-truths, three-quarter cover-ups, and complete lies are accurate. Let us also assume Rove was, at the very least, involved with the finessing of these incidents; sanitizing them for America’s protection. This would account for President Bush’s infuriating ability to slip off the hook, time and time again. How many times have we thought, “There is no way he can get out of this,” only to see the headline mysteriously change, and the impeachable offense fade into oblivion? Assuming Rove had something to do with these Houdini-caliber escapes, what will happen if he is deposed?
What I propose is a complete unraveling of the Bush Administration. This will occur on three levels:
1. The ghosts of indiscretions past. Unable to maintain the proper orientation, the White House spin machine loses structural integrity. It takes time, effort, and cunning to present the proper amount of plausible deniability. With Rove gone, the loose ends will be too obvious to ignore.
2. Linus Syndrome. Suddenly, George W. Bush’s security blanket will be gone. To whom will he turn for guidance? Condi? She’s smart, but not nearly as cutthroat as Rove. Dick Cheney? Already a ‘daddy figure,’ this new role would cause acrimony and confusion. Bush will be forced to use different people for different roles. In Rove, he had one-stop-shopping for all his nefarious needs.
3. Payback time! Perhaps Rove’s greatest asset to Bush is his mastery of all things media. He invented the “two word culture” in which we now live. He redirects journalists at will. So bedeviled is the mainstream press that even factual, corroborated stories are scrutinized for liberal bias. With Rove’s intimidating presence gone, the media will be emboldened to actually do its job. The manipulations of others will look clumsy and transparent compared to Rove.
It must be noted that nothing has happened yet, really. Rove is still in place, the Special Prosecutor has yet to issue any indictments and a lot can happen between now and the Grand Jury’s conclusion in October. In fact, one could argue that if no indictments are handed down, Rove will emerge from this struggle stronger than ever. He fought the law and he won. Imagine the sense of invulnerability he would have. To pardon a criminal is to enable future crimes, which is a cause for concern as it pertains to Bush and Company.
This will not happen.
What we are witnessing, I contend, is the beginning of the end. Rove will go down, leaving a vulnerable President to stand naked behind his horrendous record. The smoke screen will evaporate. Bush’s approval numbers will continue to fall. When Rove the Assassin is gone, the press will have nothing to fear from this lame duck President. As James Bond would surely perish without Q’s handy gadgets, so too will President Bush without Rove’s underhanded tricks. Savor the moment.
McKinney reopens 9/11: Conspiracy theories implicating president aired at 8-hour hearing (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
And well they should. Some of the 9/11 stuff is so outrageous and ridiculous that I strongly suspect it's being planted by Bushies to discredit the entire vein. It's a shame because at the very least Bush was grossly incompetent, and it may be that the Administration in fact expected and intended to capitalize on "another Pearl Harbor" that would win them public backing for their empire agenda, a post-hoc rationalization for a decision already made.
Subject: The Worst of the Worst
Face it. We are dealing with evil. Lies. Death. Destruction. Fear. Brutality. Torture. Censure.
Crushing blows to the planet and the humans who inhabit it, but, worse, the spirit of light and all under the guise of Christianity.
I don't care who you are, where you are from, whom you voted for or what party you support.
There is not a human on this planet who can face his God and support these madmen.
Let's roll indeed.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Defanging Democrats?
The MSM has swallowed the Bush Express line for so long it can't seem to get off the tracks.
Democrats 'Defanged' by Nominee (Kumar/St. Petersburg Times)
The above opinion piece states that Democrats have been "defanged" by the Bush nomination of Roberts, mainly because he's such a white bread blank slate and has the oh my gosh intelligence to actually be a Supreme Court Justice.
But how about looking at it the other way around? Bush had to nominate Roberts instead of some far right flunky without a brain because-- with Rovegate, a sinking economy, awful poll numbers, a failed Social Security reform agenda, and a quagmire in Iraq--Democrats had already defanged him?
Makes sense to me.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Is this the same country that laughed at "Baghdad Bob"? Seems to me our press are just as bad.