Brent Budowsky: Answer to the MoveOn Resolution

From The Hill's Pundits Blog:

Democrats Answer to Republican Resolution Regarding MoveOn.org

Brent Budowsky

Sens. Jim Webb (Va.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) and every other Democrat who has served in uniform should go the Senate floor together and call for a vote on a resolution similar to the following:

Be it resolved that the United States Senate deplores actions take by President Bush that have led to preventable casualties for those killed or wounded in action as a result of the continuing failure to provide body armor and fully protected vehicles;

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David Podvin: Pseudo Patriotism

PSEUDO PATRIOTISM

By David Podvin

The United States Senate has voted 72-25 to express "the sense of the Senate that General David H. Petraeus, commanding general, Multi-National Force-Iraq, deserves the full support of the Senate and strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces." The resolution was passed by a bipartisan coalition comprised of forty-nine Republicans who emulated Joseph McCarthy and twenty-three Invertebrates who channeled Barney Fife. Congratulations must be extended to Hillary Clinton for voting "no" and to Barack Obama for fleeing in terror. Whatever motivation led her to oppose the resolution Clinton showered herself with glory, and since Obama didn't have the guts to stand tall he was wise to make himself scarce.

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Brent Budowsky: If Al Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

From The Hill's Pundits Blog:

If Al Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Brent Budowsky

It is possible that in a few short weeks America will wake up to news from Europe that Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

If this occurs, it will be a powerful transforming event in American politics that will bring a surge of patriotism and pride to a nation that has been torn by war, divided by partisanship, trapped in a quagmire and alienated from what Jefferson called the decent opinion of mankind.

Let's set aside for now the question of whether Al Gore runs for president -- which is unlikely, though world events can change our politics in a heartbeat.

The more important matter is what happens to our national dialogue and our democracy if indeed the Nobel Prize is awarded to Gore.

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Brent Budowsky: Oprah for president

Brent will be starting to put together some specific deals soon, with the goal of bringing the various types of progressive media together for the enhancement of all.  If you have any ideas you want to share with him, let him know at brentbbi@webtv.net.

From The Hill:

Oprah for president

By Brent Budowsky

Oprah Winfrey's bold move supporting Barack Obama, and Fred Thompson's candidacy for president, represents a new wave of an old relationship between entertainment and politics.

The famous example was Frank Sinatra championing John Kennedy in the 1960s. Less well known was Hollywood mega-mogul Lew Wasserman's advising presidents while his business moved from nightclubs and radio to motion pictures, television and global mergers...

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Brent Budowsky: Gates or McNamara? Petraeus or Westmoreland?

From The Hill's Pundits Blog:

Bob Gates or Bob McNamara? Gen. Petraeus or Gen. Westmoreland?

Brent Budowsky

In his book about the failures of the Vietnam War, Dereliction of Duty, H.R. McMaster writes of how the delusion and hubris of President Lyndon Johnson, combined with the failures in judgment and political courage of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, created a devastating tragedy for the American military and American security.

Some enterprising journalist might ask McMaster, who is close to Gen. Petraeus: Are we not making the same mistakes today?...

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David Podvin - Progeny of Gepetto

PROGENY OF GEPETTO

By David Podvin

In 1962, the Joint Chiefs Of Staff unanimously recommended that President Kennedy bomb a major American city to frame Fidel Castro and provide a pretext for conquering Cuba. It is one of history’s most amazing coincidences that four decades later New York City was bombed and Saddam Hussein was framed and Iraq was conquered… imagine the odds against the original military plan recurring with such precision. In any event, John Kennedy was a liberal Democratic president rather than a conservative professional soldier so he opted against bombing the American people. Joint Chiefs Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer then illegally attempted to destroy all evidence of the proposal so that he could deny it had ever been made, but the general was as inept as he was deceitful and some documentation survived.

During the Vietnam War, the American military again engaged in grotesque deceit.

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Brent Budowsky: 62 Democratic Senators

From The Hill's Pundits Blog:

62 Democratic Senators

Brent Budowsky

The resounding Democratic victory in the 2006 Senate campaign creates a historic anomaly in which the Senate Democratic Caucus could increase to more than 60 senators, with historic implications for American politics and all three branches of government.  

The media are simply focusing on the 22 Senate Republican seats at stake in 2008. But the Republican senators considering whether to retire, and the smart K Street money, are homed in on the 2010 elections as well, where another 19 Republican Senate seats are at stake.

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David Podvin - Puppet Master

PUPPET MASTER

By David Podvin

According to news reports chronicling the American military's recent success in pacifying Iraq, al Qaida fighters have disappeared throughout much of the war-torn Anbar province. It is not that more terrorists are being killed, but they have suddenly become scarce. Congressmen returning from Iraq attribute this development to the Surge, the more aggressive approach implemented by General David Petraeus.

The optimists may be right, but this would mark the first time during the Iraq War that they have been. Up until now the warmongers in the political/media complex have been consistently delusional or deceptive, and there exists an ominous alternative explanation for the miltary's recent "success". With General Petraeus' long-awaited status report to Congress due imminently, it appears that Osama bin Laden is once again manipulating America into disaster.

Osama has been gaming the United States every step of the way during the "War On Terror".

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Brent Budowsky: A Bold Challenge for Hillary Clinton

From The Hill's Pundits Blog:

How Hillary Clinton Can End the Iraq War, Speak for the American Military and Kill Osama Bin Laden

Brent Budowsky

First, let us cut through the propaganda, lies, disinformation, media misrepresentations and political cowardice that may well be leading Democrats, John Warner Republicans and so-called moderates to another shameless surrender to George W. Bush that will extend the catastrophe and tragedy of the Iraq war.

Here is a short list of those who believe that President Bush and Gen. David Petraeus are dead flat wrong in their obsession to continue the long-term escalation of the Iraq war:

1. The Joint Chiefs of Staff.

2. Admiral Fallon, head of Central Command, Gen. Petraeus's boss.

3. Former NATO Supreme Commander and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones and the members of the commission he leads...

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Brent Budowsky: What Petraeus must answer

From The Hill:

What Petraeus must answer

By Brent Budowsky

It is fashionable though wrong to state "the surge is working," but this debate misses the point about the devastation to the United States Army, the destabilization of our global force structures, the near-total destruction of our conventional deterrent capability, the extreme damage to the war in Afghanistan and the collapse of recruitment standards imposed by the status quo policy in Iraq.

When Army Gen. David Petraeus testifies next week, here are the hard questions that the nation deserves to have asked and answered, clearly and unequivocally:

Do you agree that the government of Iraq is indebted to, and dependent on, Shiite factions that control death squads and militia that favor Shiite military victory in sectarian wars that have raged for hundreds of years?

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