by Linda Milazzo
During previous American presidencies, less calamitous than that of George W. Bush, the most consistent visitors to local and national legislators were paid corporate lobbyists seeking favors that rarely, if ever, served the common good. Greedy K-Street "Abramoffs" exploited American capitalism and sacrificed the many to benefit the few.
The Iraq War has been lost.
The British are acknowledging this fact by pulling out their troops from Basra, Iraq's second largest city, handing over the city to the control of Shia militias. For all intents and purposes, the "Coalition of the Willing" is now dead. America is now going it alone.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
You don't have liberty if the leader of the country can lock you up without a trial. You don't have liberty if the leader of the country can ignore the ban in the Bill of Rights against cruel and unusual punishment. These are classic definitions of tyranny.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
'GOP hopefuls are staying Bush's course'
Washington, DC- As presidential campaigning heats up, yesterday's Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at the Republican contenders' failure to articulate a new vision for America and their choice to instead stand in lockstep with President Bush and the failed policies of his presidency. From supporting Bush's stay-the-course approach on Iraq, to backing his opposition to health care for low-income children, to supporting his tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the GOP candidates are "enthusiastically embracing Bush's major policies and principles."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
A winter of discontent, some 30 years ago. I was searching for a new job, trying to move from TV publicity work back into journalism. Rupert Murdoch had just bought the New York Post and it occurred to me that he'd probably be looking for a new television critic. The guy the paper employed prior to Murdoch's $30 million purchase had been writing about broadcasting since the days when folks tuned in radio signals with crystal diodes and a cat's whisker.
by Kevin J. Keefe
Don't be so sure that the Inspector General's investigation into Gonzales will be a whitewash. When Gonzales wanted to sweep the US Attorney firings under the rug, he assigned it to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), rather than the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Why?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
STATEMENT BY SEN. BERNARD SANDERS ON NUSSLE NOMINATION
Mr. President, let me begin by saying what could come as a surprise to some of my colleagues. Personally, I like Jim Nussle. We came to Washington together and I worked with him for 16 years in the House of Representatives. He's smart. He is passionate.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
The real truth in black and white from boots on the ground: “ARWA DAMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I was speaking with the spokesman for the Iraqi government who himself fully admits that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki doesn't have any power, that the power lie was the political parties and they maintain their power based on the size of their militia. There is a lot of speculation about how long this government can actually last in its current shape and form. It is put simply paralyzed. It cannot function … The very building blocks upon which this government was formed are what is leading to its current state of paralysis.” And then from Middle Eastern analyst: “NIR ROSEN, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION: There is no government to begin with. It's a collection of militias. ... there is no alternative. The whole focus on the government in Baghdad is the -- problem is that … In Iraq it used to be you could have a coup replace the government and the whole country followed. But now Iraqi is a collection of city states, Baghdad, Tikrit, Kirkuk, Mosul, Basra, Avril (ph), each one with its own warlords. They don't answer to Baghdad. Baghdad has no control over them. When we overthrew Saddam, we imposed one dictator after another. We didn't like Prime Minister (INAUDIBLE) so we got rid of him and we put in his close ally, Maliki. And now the occupier is once again upset that the occupied people are not being sufficiently obedient. … We are past that stage. Iraq doesn't exist as a state anymore. The government has never existed. It has never brought in any services. Even the most fundamental service the government can provide, a monopoly over the use of violence, it doesn't provide that because it has never controlled the militias and militias are the ones that control the police and the army.”