August 29, 2005
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Subject: Rank the Generals--Meet the Press 8/28/05--only one deserves a star
Clark was the only one of the generals to take it to Bushco's phony foreign policy and the only one without the "happy scenario" for the next year or so….
Let's rank the generals:
Downing--admitted he was a former member of the Bushco Admin, and kept trying to say he wasn't political in his comments (once in an obvious slam at Clark). But over and over, it was all sunshine for Downing and he was the most optimistic of all… Big-time Bushco shill.
Meigs--favored going in, more balanced than Downing, but still less critical that McCaffrey or Clark. Happy face for a year or so out.
McCaffrey--favored going in, slammed Bushco pretty much across the board, publicly agreed with Clark on a couple of things, but in the end, he turned on the happy face for a year or so out, which was sort of a jolt!
Clark--Strongly stood by his WaPo oped from yesterday as quoted; Stuck his neck out to go after Bushco "diplomacy"; explained clearly what diplomacy is supposed to be, i.e., getting the states around Iraq into discussion; explained all the tensions in the area; brought up the 2006 politics of withdrawal first; and then saw continued strife over the next year or so. Said the Admin. would fudge it all for 2006, declaring the mess a win, but pointed out that we had to look 5 or 10 years out before knowing what was left. Brought up Afghanistan, too. Also said that the military guys who didn't fight Rummy were COMPLICIT in the ensuing policy... said military guys who disagree strongly will retire or resign... implication was that that didn't happen.
Clark clearly positioned himself STRONGLY apart from the rest of them and obviously was the "black sheep".
At the beginning of the show, Clark was introduced first, then later, Downing. I noticed later that under Clark, later in the show, the ID was "FOX News Analyst." While I wasn't overly pleased with some of his early bits on FAUX, and haven't been able to catch the most recent ones, I did relish the fact that here was the FOX analyst doing the real slamming against BUSHCO. I was SO HAPPY to see Clark NOT deliver a softened line to please anybody over at FAUX!!
WINNER hands down: CLARK for clarity, long-range vision, and willingness to take on the politics of Bushco. He was BRILLIANT!
Transcript Meet the Press, 8/28/2005
Subject: Robertston & the Fundies
In all the fallout over Christian Fundamentalist Reverend Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of President Chavez, the larger aspects of Premillennial Dispensationalist Doctrine is NOT discussed or even mentioned.
Their key doctrine calls for General Lord Jesus Christ at the very end of the Tribulation to return for His Second Coming and lead the forces of GOOD to FINAL victory over the forces of EVIL in the "last battle" of secular History--Armageddon[Rev. 16:16]. Then after destroying all the Earth's cities & killing "about" 3 billion human beings, [Rev. 16-19 & 9: 15-18], "their" Fundie General Lord Jesus Christ, ends Secular History, and establishes the Fundie Christian Third Millennium["JEW-LESS"]--A new Holy Christian History!
Then all of us who are not born-again Fundies are condemned to the eternal fires of Hell. That's what the faith-based Theocrats of Bush's base--symbolized by Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Reverends Kennedy & Falwell actually BELIEVE, along with 100,000,000 White/Jew-hating/Black-Hispanic-Gay Haters of the Red Zone. Hitler had his Mein Kampf and the assimilated Jews of Germany didn't believe him. Well, the Fundies & Conservative Evangelicals have their Book of Revelation. Should we non-born againers & Jews/Muslims TRUST THEM? Pat Robertson & the Christian Fascist Right estimates there are over 100,000,000 born-again, true believers & "Real" Christians.
In a few years they may be able, thanks to the GOP, Corporate Fascists and Corporate dominated MEDIA, to VOTE themselves into permanent power, as Hitler did in early 1933. But where is the FDR to save us from this Fascist Christian America? Note please Michael Wolff's "All Roads Lead to Rove", September's Vanity Fair. Wolff writes that both Time & the New York Times, KNEW, that Karl Rove was behind the "TraitorGate" leaks of CIA Operative Valerie Plame-Wilson. Yet these key pillars of the MSM, withheld that fact from the American citizen/voters during the election of AD 2004.
Thus, Time & The New York Times helped elect Bush in 2004--less than a year ago. The MSM is assisted by Ann Coulter/Rush & FOX, neo-Fascist fellow travelers, who keep Bush-Cheney & their Busheviks in power. Cindy Sheehan is right, about Bush's "Reich" & "creeping Fascism." That slouching Beast is fueled by the MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-RELIGIOUS COMPLEX and $500 Billion annual DOD "BUDGETS" feeding this Fascist Monster, "born-again" within our very walls--yet.
Very worried in Nova Scotia,
George E. Lowe
Subject: Killing for honor
The last from our profane, obscene, psychotic, temper tantrum, un-treated alcoholic president is this: "We must keep killing Americans to honor the those who we already have killed." He's not even original either. We got the same pep talk when we were in Vietnam, and we got it when we had lost 100 soldiers. Well, we kept on honoring them until we had killed 58,000 of them, and our 30-percenters now are still in favor of killing more.
Subject: Supporting Cindy
We must support Cindy Sheehan at this crucial moment if we want our country back. This time, the Republicans have not only used their smear campaign but has now "recruited" (probably paid with our own tax dollars) 3,000 protestors against her and pro-war. Those of us that can travel to Crawford must do it now, we must inundate the politicians with calls, faxes and e-mails, as well as the media.
Under no circumstances can we allow those heartless blind sheep take away the momentum of her quest. Don't forget that this is not a grassroots movement but the work by a PR firm with close ties to the Republican Party and the corrupted administration. This group represents the Swift Boat Liars with a new name and their only purpose is to discredit or provoke Cindy -- another trick from Rove's bag.
We can't forget the Coward of Crawford's smirk while looking for the WMDs. We must constantly remind others that this was a war by choice that Iraq had no weapons, was not planning on attacking us, had nothing to do with 9/11 and that innocent Iraqi civilians are not collateral damage. The only way we can honor those that have been killed or maimed in Bu$h's war is bringing our troops home so no more are killed or maimed for the greed of a few. We can't allow the few to destroy the many. We must get our country back and stop this corruption and carnage.
America stands with Cindy.
Bush lied and our troops die.
Peace is not profitable, war... sure is.
Impeachment must start before democracy dies.
W says there will have to be "more sacrifices" for the war's sake.
My question is: What will W sacrifice? How about his office? Let's impeach - sooner rather than later.
Subject: Peace is Soooo Scary!
These counter-protestors wear the American flag, adorn their cars with yellow ribbons and believe that, in doing so, they are supporting the troops.
Wrong! You are supporting the president. In your blind support of the president, no matter what new scandal he has come to surface, you have completely abandoned the troops. Let's look at your support from a different perspective.
If a man were viciously beating his wife on the street corner and you came upon it at the same time as another group, who were attempting to intercede to help the wife would you step in and prevent them, stating, "Your involvement is only going to make it worse! You must be anti-marriage. Why do you hate her?"
The simple fact is, George Bush could not be more abusive of the troops. If he made them march in formation past a viewing platform from which he, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were relieving themselves. It would be an improvement in his treatment of them. Let's not forget that it is the Bush Abomination who lied to the world to push this war upon the troops. Every argument that they made when promoting the war with Iraq has turned out to be false...
-Fired the General Shinseki when he stated that the troop levels that they wanted to fight the war with were not sufficient and would result in an insurgency. (How prescient)
-Attempted to reduce Combat pay from $225 to $150 a month (this was prevented by house democrats)
-Attempted to reduce Family separation Pay from $250 to $100 a month (this also was prevented by House Democrats)
-Were successful in reducing "geographic rate protection" for soldiers who are based in expensive parts of the country, reducing the pay to these soldiers by up to $250 a month.
-Failed to provide adequate body armor and humvee armor to soldiers
-Under-funded veteran's health benefits to the tune of $1,000,000,000 (the zeros make it seem bigger)
-Created the atmosphere responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib, and then left a few low-ranking enlisted personnel to take the blame.
On top of all of this, Bush taunted our enemies, telling them" There are some who feel that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring them on," Bush said. "We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."
Brave words from a chicken-hawk who spends his every moment behind the world's most expensive security detail.
So, if this is the case (and it is) why are you still supporting the Bush Abomination? Why do you still think that you are supporting the troops? Don't tax your brain, I know the answer: Although it is obvious to any clear thinking, objective person, you cannot bring yourself to admit it. In doing so, you would have to acknowledge that for the last two and a half years you have been supporting the unnecessary deaths, mutilation, deprivation and living hell for tens of thousands of living human beings. Many of them are children. Many of them are American boys and girls. None of them deserve this. Take your misguided anger and frustration and direct it at the real traitors.
Face this simple reality: You cannot be both a decent human being and a Bush Abomination supporter. They are mutually exclusive positions. You decide which one you are.
Beat me as much as you want with your yellow ribbons and American flags, I'm not giving up the moral high ground to an angry delusional mob.
Northeast United States
If we only had a president who could get his priorities in the right place. It is just criminal what this man has done with his unwarranted wars, sending our people to their deaths, wrecking families, tax breaks for the wealthy, deficits as far as the eye can see, mixing religion with government, destroying our environment, the list can go on and on.
When will we wake up and finally realize that this man must be removed from office? If ever there were grounds for impeachment, surely Bush's mismanagement of his office qualifies.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Iraq isn't Vietnam--is it?
For most of us now, Iraq is just a news story. Several days ago, one reporter stuck in Crawford said it was a "slow news day" -- nothing new in the Aruba story. That day 30 American soldiers were killed, but it was a slow news day. I have two children in their 20's and a son who is 17. How would I feel as a parent if one of my children were in Iraq -- would it be a slow news day for me if I heard that 30 kids were killed over there? Later that evening, as I was preparing dinner, 37 year-old-memories unexpectedly came flooding back.
For years, Vietnam was just a name in my family, a news story that interrupted our daily life about as much as Gilligan's Island In 1968, I was in my senior year of high school. I started a new diet, and got contact lenses for the first time. And my brother went to Vietnam. He deliberately flunked out of college, fed up with force-fed education, and was immediately drafted. After basic training at Fort Belvoir, he got his orders.... He came home on leave for 10 days. We invited my aunts and their children over. I remember that "party" filled with awkward silences. There is a photo of my brother in uniform, smoking a cigarette, looking lonely and sad. No one is smiling in the photos taken on that day. It felt like a wake.
My parents were life-long Republicans. They disliked Johnson, but they supported the war, because we were fighting Communism. Still, they wanted by brother to stay in college, and when he wouldn't, my father refused to try to get him into the National Guard as some of his friends had done. He thought it wasn't fair to bump one kid up above another on that long list.
What was that year like, while my brother was in Vietnam? I was not very politically aware, even though I joined our high school young Republicans' club and went door-to-door for Nixon. (He had a plan to end the war!) My diet turned into anorexia. It seemed subconsciously like a way to take control of something, while current events spun crazily on... Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were killed. Nixon got elected, but the war ground on and on, the casualties coming into our den via television every night.
Every evening like clockwork, my mother thrust a pad and pen into my hands and commanded me to write to my brother. She wrote him every day that he was gone, without fail. She sent him boxes of cookies. She asked friends and relatives to write to him. She had to have some way of coping with her anxiety and fear. My dad wrote letters to the paper. He wrote an article for his co-workers about duty, honor and sacrifice, and about saying goodbye to his son at the airport. He railed against the war protestors. He lost weight.
My letters to my brother were long and full of drivel, teen-age "what my day was like" kind of stuff. (My brother later said even so, he appreciated getting them.)
We took a vacation that summer, before he returned home. I remember that I was ridiculously thin, giving my parents another worry. We went to a beautiful resort in the Black Hills, but my mother spent most of our stay in the room, crying. My dad and I tried to walk around and sightsee, but our hearts weren't in it.
Fortunately for us, my brother was assigned to radio repair in Phu Bai, away from direct combat. Still, in that war-torn country there was no completely safe haven. But he came home.
The pundits, safe in their television studios, away from the fighting, see no parallels between Iraq and Vietnam. Maybe they should ask some parents who have a son or daughter in the military about it.
Subject: Bush Loves Disasters
Bush comes on to urge residents to evacuate under threat from perhaps the worst storm to ever hit. Before he concludes, Bush transitions into a pitch about Iraq and the new draft constitution and how it represents an advance for freedom and democracy. Then it occurred to me that Bush loves natural disasters. Not only can he pretend to be a leader, he can command a captive audience and then open the spigots to massive amounts of Federal cash in the hopes it will by him a few points in his public approval rating. Is it typical for a president responding to a pending emergency to turn it into a political plug? I've never seen it. Until today. It was disgusting.
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Cindy keep up your great work and we will help you anytime you need it.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan's Quest
Thanks again, Cindy
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