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27 Dec 2011

GW Bush + Six Years = Islamists

By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well--a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.
By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well--a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns...

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22 Oct 2011

In Memoir, Condoleezza Rice Tells of Clashes With Cheney

Condoleezza Rice clashed repeatedly with Vice President Dick Cheney over what to do with captured terrorism suspects and at one point even threatened to resign when she felt circumvented, according to a memoir of her time in Washington, due out next month.
Condoleezza Rice clashed repeatedly with Vice President Dick Cheney over what to do with captured terrorism suspects and...

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11 Sep 2011

Colin Powell regrets Iraq war intelligence

Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, has said he regrets providing misleading intelligence that led the US to invade Iraq, believing it had weapons of mass destruction. Powell, the first secretary of state in the administration of George W. Bush, the former US president, which declared war on Iraq in 2003, told Al Jazeera on the 10th anniversary of the worst terror attacks on US soil that the information was a "blot on my record".
Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, has said he regrets providing misleading intelligence that led the US to...

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11 Sep 2011

Taliban ‘offered bin Laden trial before 9 11’

The Taliban government in Afghanistan offered to present Osama bin Laden for a trial long before the attacks of September 11, 2001, but the US government showed no interest, according to a senior aide to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar.
The Taliban government in Afghanistan offered to present Osama bin Laden for a trial long before the attacks of...

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27 Aug 2011

Darth Vader Vents

Having lost the power to heedlessly bomb the world, Cheney has turned his attention to heedlessly bombing old colleagues. Vice's new memoir, "In My Time," veers unpleasantly between spin, insisting he was always right, and score-settling, insisting that anyone who opposed him was wrong.
Having lost the power to heedlessly bomb the world, Cheney has turned his attention to heedlessly bombing old...

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25 Aug 2011

Cheney wanted Bush to bomb Syria, reveals autobiography

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney reveals in his autobiography he urged President George W Bush in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear site in Syria. According to the New York Times, Mr Cheney says in his forthcoming book that he was "a lone voice" for military action against Syria.
Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney reveals in his autobiography he urged President George W Bush in 2007 to bomb a...

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5 Aug 2011

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died

From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant that no matter how "lowly" your job was you had guarantees of a pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if you were unfairly treated.
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've...

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4 May 2011

How Bush gave Osama a free pass

When George W Bush rejected a Taliban offer to have Osama bin Laden tried by a moderate group of Islamic states in mid-October 2001, he gave up the only opportunity the United States would have to end Bin Laden's terrorist career for the next nine years.
When George W Bush rejected a Taliban offer to have Osama bin Laden tried by a moderate group of Islamic states in...

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4 May 2011

Bush Declines Obama’s Invitation to Ground Zero

President Obama invited former President George W. Bush to join him at ground zero in New York City on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden, but Mr. Bush declined, a spokesman for the former president confirmed on Tuesday.
President Obama invited former President George W. Bush to join him at ground zero in New York City on Thursday to mark...

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22 Mar 2011

CIA Psychologist’s Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush’s Torture Program

Handwritten notes by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the explain, torture was used to "exploit" detainees, that is, to break them down physically and metnally, in order to get them to "collaborate" with government authorities. 
Handwritten notes by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the explain, torture was used to...

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2 Mar 2011

Gates Agrees, Bush’s Wars Were Nuts

When Defense Secretary Robert Gates told West Point cadets that you d have to be crazy to commit U.S. troops to wars like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, media commentators quickly detected a slap at his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, who oversaw those conflicts.
When Defense Secretary Robert Gates told West Point cadets that you d have to be crazy to commit U.S. troops to wars...
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17 Feb 2011

Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball’s WMD lies

Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability
Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain...

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16 Feb 2011

Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war

The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.
The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the...
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16 Feb 2011

What Egypt Teaches Us About Iraq Arabs Can Do Democracy Without Invasion

Although it is still unclear exactly what the many motivations behind the Bush administration-led invasion of Iraq were, one of the most touted justifications for that war was that the United States attacked the sovereign country in order to overthrow a dictator and spread democracy in the Middle East
Although it is still unclear exactly what the many motivations behind the Bush administration-led invasion of Iraq were,...
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10 Feb 2011

America’s Stay-at-Home Ex-President

As the news broke on Saturday that former President George W. Bush had abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance this week in Geneva to avoid the risk of arrest on a torture complaint, my first thought was - how humiliating, not only for Bush but, by extension, for all Americans.
As the news broke on Saturday that former President George W. Bush had abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance this...

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2 Feb 2011

Reagan-Bush Legacy of Political Abuse

The Reagan-Bush legacy to the United States includes a politicized Judiciary and a blatant disregard for laws restricting the powers of the Executive all done while knowing that the national political-media structure would do nothing to demand accountability.
The Reagan-Bush legacy to the United States includes a politicized Judiciary and a blatant disregard for laws...

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21 Jan 2011

Blackwater Founder Is Said to Back African Mercenaries

Erik Prince, the founder of the international security giant Blackwater Worldwide, is secretly backing an effort by a controversial South African mercenary firm to insert itself into Somalia s bloody civil war by protecting government leaders, training Somali militias, and battling pirates and Islamic militants there, according to Western and African officials.
Erik Prince, the founder of the international security giant Blackwater Worldwide, is secretly backing an effort by a...

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28 Dec 2010

Dick Cheney’s $250-Million ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

What's the going rate for getting a former vice president off the hook in a major criminal case that involves charges of government corruption and raises concerns about violent wrongdoing and even murder?
What's the going rate for getting a former vice president off the hook in a major criminal case that involves charges of...

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16 Dec 2010

Let’s Get the Truth Out on the Bushes

George W. Bush's new memoir is getting lots of press buzz as he and other family members rehabilitate their reputations. Which is why it's important that people arm themselves with the truth about the Bushes and the damage they have done -- a reality best explained in our three-book set: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep
George W. Bush's new memoir is getting lots of press buzz as he and other family members rehabilitate their reputations....
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12 Dec 2010

Bush v. Gore’s Dark American Decade

Ten years ago, the United States stood at a crossroads though the dimness of the future made it hard for many to see which path led toward a brighter day and which headed toward disaster. But then, a partisan Republican majority of the U.S. Supreme Court made the choice for the nation.
Ten years ago, the United States stood at a crossroads though the dimness of the future made it hard for many to see...

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9 Dec 2010

Former German Chancellor Accuses Bush of Lying in His Memoir, Decision Points

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has accused George W. Bush of lying in his recently-published memoir, Decision Points. Mr. Bush wrote in the book that on January 31, 2002, during an meeting in the Oval Office, he told Mr. Schroeder that he was determined to make diplomacy with Iraq work, but if those efforts failed, he would invade Iraq. Mr. Bush quotes Mr. Schroeder as responding, "What is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has accused George W. Bush of lying in his recently-published memoir,...
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30 Nov 2010

WikiLeaks provides the truth Bush obscured

Say what you want about WikiLeaks - and I don't much like what it has done - it nevertheless would be useful for its founder, Julian Assange, to follow George W. Bush as he lopes around the country, promoting his new book, "Decision Points." When, for instance, Bush attempts to justify the Iraq war by saying the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein, Assange could reach into his bag of leaked U.S. government cables and cite Saudi King Abdullah's private observation that the war had given Iraq to Iran as a "gift on a golden platter."
Say what you want about WikiLeaks - and I don't much like what it has done - it nevertheless would be useful for its...

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17 Nov 2010

The Way They Were

But the more charged reunion was taking place in Dallas at the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. After a period of estrangement and after circling each other with dueling memoirs, a happy W. and a gaunt Dick Cheney were reunited on stage.
But the more charged reunion was taking place in Dallas at the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush...
10 Nov 2010

THE ROVING EYE : All hail the decider-in-chief

Those on a metaphysical quest to explain former US president George W Bush's decisions to follow the September 11, 2001, attacks with an invasion of Iraq and authorize Spanish Inquisition -era torture techniques are unlikely to find answers in Decision Point. All the memoir proves is that "if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people eventually come to believe it". - Pepe Escobar (Nov 10, '10)
Those on a metaphysical quest to explain former US president George W Bush's decisions to follow the September 11, 2001,...

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8 Nov 2010

‘Blindsided’ – A President’s Story

W. never sweated the small stuff. Unfortunately, he didn t much sweat the big stuff either. Often the thing the former president was sweating most was, well, sweating making sure he got in quality time for his cherished workouts. In his deftly crafted and utterly selective new memoir, W. is the president we all wished him to be: compassionate, bipartisan, funny, charming, instinctive, independent, able to admit and learn from mistakes - and a good dad, who sang his twin girls the Yale fight song as a lullaby.
W. never sweated the small stuff. Unfortunately, he didn t much sweat the big stuff either. Often the thing the former...
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4 Nov 2010

In new memoir, Bush makes clear he approved use of waterboarding

In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him.
In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against...

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3 Nov 2010

Bush NBC Interview Being Called A Racist By Kanye West The Worst Moment Of My Presidency

Kanye West's comment -- which was made, ironically, on NBC during a telethon fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina - quickly became an indelible moment of Bush's second term. And while it was obviously rare and off-putting for a rap star to insist that the president didn't care about black people, it's also somewhat unexpected that that would be Bush's personal, political nadir.
Kanye West's comment -- which was made, ironically, on NBC during a telethon fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina...
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3 Nov 2010

George W Bush had ‘sickening feeling’ over WMD lack

Former US President George W Bush still has "a sickening feeling" about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, US media report. The revelation comes in his memoir, "Decision Points", set to be published next week. He also reveals that he temporarily considered replacing Vice President Dick Cheney, calling him the "Darth Vader of the administration".
Former US President George W Bush still has "a sickening feeling" about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction...
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18 Oct 2010

Rare and Foolish

Last month a Chinese trawler operating in Japanese-controlled waters collided with two vessels of Japan s Coast Guard. Japan detained the trawler s captain; China responded by cutting off Japan s access to crucial raw materials. And there was nowhere else to turn: China accounts for 97 percent of the world s supply of rare earths, minerals that play an essential role in many high-technology products, including military equipment. Sure enough, Japan soon let the captain go. I don t know about you, but I find this story deeply disturbing, both for what it says about China and what it says about us. On one side, the affair highlights the fecklessness of U.S. policy makers, who did nothing while an unreliable regime acquired a stranglehold on key materials. On the other side, the incident shows a Chinese government that is dangerously trigger-happy, willing to wage economic warfare on the slightest provocation.
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4 Oct 2010

Britain held war talks with US general Tommy Franks before Iraq invasion

America's most senior general flew into Britain for top secret talks on the invasion of Iraq 11 months before the attack on Saddam Hussein's regime. Details of the classified meeting, held at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, suggest Tony Blair s Government was involved in detailed discussions about toppling the Iraqi dictator earlier than previously disclosed
America's most senior general flew into Britain for top secret talks on the invasion of Iraq 11 months before the attack...
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27 Sep 2010

Americans’ Incomes Sank After Bush Tax Cuts

On Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner called Democrats' refusal to hold a pre-election vote on extending the Bush tax cut windfall for the wealthy the "most irresponsible thing that I have seen since I have been in Washington, D.C." And in one sense, he's right. After all, the national debt doubled during Bush's tenure. His was the worst eight-year economic record of any modern president. Worse still, by 2007 the U.S. reached levels of income inequality not since 1929. And now, it turns out, Americans' incomes dropped ominously after the tax cuts Bush bragged "meant people had more money in their pocket."
On Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner called Democrats' refusal to hold a pre-election vote on extending the...
14 Sep 2010

Nobody expects the American inquisition!

Vice President Joe Biden [anxiously pacing the room]: Mr President. Mullah Omar, you know, the one-eyed Taliban leader, he just said we have to get the hell out of Afghanistan as soon as possible. And he said the Taliban were winning the war. [1] United States President Barack Obama [contemplating a basketball]: No wonder I cannot run a business here. Why can't these COINistas bring me Omar's head on a plate? Even I know he lives in Quetta [in Pakistan]. And why can't they track Osama bin Laden? What are these Special Forces doing, watching Mad Men on cable?
Vice President Joe Biden [anxiously pacing the room]: Mr President. Mullah Omar, you know, the one-eyed Taliban leader,...
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2 Sep 2010

Tony Blair George W. Bush was no ‘dumb idiot’

One of the most ludicrous caricatures of George is that he was a dumb idiot who stumbled into the presidency," writes Blair. "No one stumbles into that job, and the history of American presidential campaigns is littered with the corpses of those who were supposed to be brilliant but who nonetheless failed because brilliance is not enough
One of the most ludicrous caricatures of George is that he was a dumb idiot who stumbled into the presidency," writes...

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3 Aug 2010

Leading To War a film that chronicles the path to war in Iraq

This website, in conjunction with the 72-minute documentary film LEADING TO WAR, details how the Bush administration made its case to the American people for military action against Saddam Hussein s regime, leading to the Iraq War which began in 2003.
This website, in conjunction with the 72-minute documentary film LEADING TO WAR, details how the Bush administration...
28 Jul 2010

Why Congress should let the Bush tax cuts expire

The modern Republican argument about taxes seems to boil down to two principles, both misguided: Taxes can be reduced, but they can never be allowed to go up. And whatever level taxes are at, they are too high. This Story Quack medicine on taxes Bang for the tax buck What's another $678 billion? Think back to the beginning of the Bush administration tax cuts. It seems almost impossible to believe, but the argument then was that the budget surplus was too large. There was, or so President George W. Bush assured us, ample cash to cut taxes for everyone and protect the Social Security surplus and set aside $1 trillion over the next decade for "additional spending needs" and pay down the national debt. "The people of America have been overcharged, and, on their behalf, I'm here asking for a refund," Bush told Congress in February 2001. You know what happened next. The refund came. The supposed surplus evaporated. The Social Security surplus was spent. Instead of being paid down, the $3.3 trillion national debt ballooned to $9 trillion.
The modern Republican argument about taxes seems to boil down to two principles, both misguided: Taxes can be reduced,...

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23 Jul 2010

Addicted to Bush

For a couple of years, it was the love that dared not speak his name. In 2008, Republican candidates hardly ever mentioned the president still sitting in the White House. After the election, the G.O.P. did its best to shout down all talk about how we got into the mess we re in, insisting that we needed to look forward, not back. And many in the news media played along, acting as if it was somehow uncouth for Democrats even to mention the Bush era and its legacy.
For a couple of years, it was the love that dared not speak his name. In 2008, Republican candidates hardly ever...

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14 Jul 2010

Revisiting History

In a interview with Ralph Nader on C-SPAN s Book TV, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should have been indicted for "torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrant."
In a interview with Ralph Nader on C-SPAN s Book TV, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that President George W. Bush and Vice...

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17 Jun 2010

Chris Matthews says Cheney got $34 million payday from Halliburton

We looked at a personal financial disclosure form that Cheney signed on Sept. 1, 2000. This is the filing made once someone joins a national presidential ticket. It represents the candidate's holdings and income as of August. In the portion addressing Cheney's compensation from Halliburtion, the file lists the following categories and dollar amounts as of that date: - Salary/bonus (gross): $4,721, 947 - Deferred salary: $1,042, 441 - Senior executive deferred compensation contributions: $654,804
We looked at a personal financial disclosure form that Cheney signed on Sept. 1, 2000. This is the filing made once...

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17 Jun 2010

Why Is Dick Cheney Silent on the Oil Spill

Halliburton was working on the Deepwater Horizon rig just before it blew up, opening the well and sending oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Some experts have speculated that the company may have been to blame for the explosion. The pro-oil atmosphere (and Cheney's continued links to Halliburton) during his vice presidency, have also come to the fore since the April 20 accident.
Halliburton was working on the Deepwater Horizon rig just before it blew up, opening the well and sending oil gushing...

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7 Jun 2010

War on Terror Analysis: Was Bush Detention Programme “Human Experimentation”?

Jason Leopold write for Truthout: High-value detainees captured during the Bush administration's "war on terror" who were subjected to brutal torture techniques were part of a Nazi Germany-type program involving illegal human experimentation, the purpose of which was to collect research "data" according to a disturbing new report that calls on President Barack Obama, Congress and [...]
Jason Leopold write for Truthout: High-value detainees captured during the Bush administration's "war on terror" who...

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28 May 2010

Former Argentine president says Bush told him ‘the best way to revitalize the economy is war.’

KIRCHNER: I said that a solution for the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan. And he got angry. He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats. He said the best way to revitalize the economy is war. And that the United States has grown stronger with war
KIRCHNER: I said that a solution for the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan. And he got angry. He said...

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17 Apr 2010

Ex-Blackwater President Is Indicted

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The former president of Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to stockpile automatic weapons at the security firm and filing false documents to cover up gifts given to the king of Jordan. Gary Jackson, 52, who left the company last year in a management shake-up, was charged along with four of his former colleagues, according to the federal indictment.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The former president of Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to...
16 Mar 2010

Going Rove Courage and Consequence is full of falsehoods

Karl Rove's forthcoming memoir Courage and Consequence purports to respond to critics by "putting the record straight," but Media Matters has found that Rove's book is full of falsehoods. Below is an ongoing list of Rove's misinformation in the book, which Media Matters obtained in advance of its scheduled release.
Karl Rove's forthcoming memoir Courage and Consequence purports to respond to critics by "putting the record straight,"...
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14 Mar 2010

Rove denies Bush admin said oil would help pay for war

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz claimed that Iraqi oil revenues would help pay for reconstruction of the country. Sunday, Karl Rove denied the Bush administration ever made that claim. “[T]he suggestion that somehow or another the administration had as its policy, ‘We’re going to go in to Iraq and take their resource and pay for [...]
Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz claimed that Iraqi oil revenues would help pay for reconstruction of the...

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14 Mar 2010

The New Rove-Cheney Assault on Reality

THE opening salvo, fired on Fox News during Thanksgiving week, aroused little notice: Dana Perino, the former White House press secretary, declared that we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush s term. Rudy Giuliani upped the ante on ABC s Good Morning America in January. We had no domestic attacks under Bush, he said. We ve had one under Obama. (He apparently meant the Fort Hood shootings.)
THE opening salvo, fired on Fox News during Thanksgiving week, aroused little notice: Dana Perino, the former White...

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25 Feb 2010

The Torture Lawyers

Is this really the state of ethics in the American legal profession? Government lawyers who abused their offices to give the president license to get away with torture did nothing that merits a review by the bar?
Is this really the state of ethics in the American legal profession? Government lawyers who abused their offices to give...
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2 Nov 2009

The Halliburton Loophole

Among the many dubious provisions in the 2005 energy bill was one dubbed the Halliburton loophole, which was inserted at the behest of you guessed it then-Vice President Dick Cheney, a former chief executive of Halliburton.
Among the many dubious provisions in the 2005 energy bill was one dubbed the Halliburton loophole, which was inserted at...

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25 Oct 2009

Podesta: Bush administration only spent one hour on Afghanistan report

In his recent remarks to the Center for Security Policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney implied that the Bush Administration was responsible for President Barack Obama s strategy in Afghanistan. In the fall of 2008, fully aware of the need to meet new challenges being posed by the Taliban, we dug into every aspect of Afghanistan [...]
In his recent remarks to the Center for Security Policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney implied that the Bush...

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20 Jan 2009

Throwing shoes at Blow Up Bush in DC during Inauguration

We were driving to go to our first party in DC last night at The Daily Voice when Beth noticed people throwing shoes at this big blow doll of George Bush. I tried to nab it. Will shoes ever have the same meaning again? Jane, Marcy, Beth and myself all comment...
We were driving to go to our first party in DC last night at The Daily Voice when Beth noticed people throwing shoes at...
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16 Jan 2009

Maddow delivers rebuttal to Bush farewell speech

President Bush bid his official goodbye today in a farewell address to the nation. How was his final speech? Rachel Maddow critiques the address with Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington. This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Jan. 15, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com
President Bush bid his official goodbye today in a farewell address to the nation. How was his final speech? Rachel...

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16 Jan 2009

McClellan: Bush farewell sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher

Former Bush White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan talks about how President Bush s farewell speech wrapped up his past eight years in office. This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Jan. 15, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com
Former Bush White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan talks about how President Bush s farewell speech wrapped up his...
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16 Jan 2009

Bush’s last stand….

Bush gave his last speech to the American people tonight and finally his reign is coming to an end. He looked haggard and old after never fulfilling his promise of eight years of compassion. Instead we got corruption, cronyism, unaccountability, wars, lies, torture and a virus that has infected the entire government that leads us. Departments were filled with extreme Christians and Cheney loyalists right out of Regent University. That would be Pat Robertson's college.
Bush gave his last speech to the American people tonight and finally his reign is coming to an end. He looked haggard...

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16 Jan 2009

10 Take Aways From the Bush Years

I have interviewed President Bush for nearly 11 hours, spent hundreds of hours with his administration's key players and reviewed thousands of pages of documents and notes. That produced four books, totaling 1,727 pages, that amount to a very long case study in presidential decision-making, and there are plenty of morals to the story. Presidents live in the unfinished business of their predecessors, and Bush casts a giant shadow on the Obama presidency: two incomplete wars and a monumental financial and economic crisis. Here are 10 lessons that Obama and his team should take away from the Bush experience.
I have interviewed President Bush for nearly 11 hours, spent hundreds of hours with his administration's key players and...

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15 Jan 2009

Zakaria: Bush to blame for unresolved Middle East conflict

Fareed Zakaria joined Jon Stewart to talk about terrorism and conflict in the Middle East. Zakaria noted that most people accept the idea of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. Zakaria said that president Bush was partially to blame for the lack of resolution. “The odd thing is at some level there’s greater [...]
Fareed Zakaria joined Jon Stewart to talk about terrorism and conflict in the Middle East. Zakaria noted that most...

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15 Jan 2009

McClellan: Bush legacy project lacks candor

Former Bush White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan talks Keith Olbermann about whether President Bush has enough time in his final days in office to rewrite his legacy or has that whole project failed as well. This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Jan. 14, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com
Former Bush White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan talks Keith Olbermann about whether President Bush has enough...

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14 Jan 2009

Penatgon official admits 9/11 suspect was tortured

 Bob Woodward scoops another one, this time getting a top Pentagon official to admit, on record, that the United States did indeed torture Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Saudi who allegedly "hoped" to become part of the 9/11 attack.
 Bob Woodward scoops another one, this time getting a top Pentagon official to admit, on record, that the United...
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14 Jan 2009

Study Concludes Ideology Drove DoJ Hirings

Ideological considerations permeated the hiring process at the Justice Department's civil rights division, where a politically appointed official sought to hire "real Americans" and Republicans for career posts and prominent case assignments, according to a long awaited report released this morning by the department's inspector general.
Ideological considerations permeated the hiring process at the Justice Department's civil rights division, where a...

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13 Jan 2009

Maddow, Cooper correct Bush record on Katrina legacy

In his final press conference, President Bush defended the federal response to hurricane Katrina. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Anderson Cooper set the record straight. This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Jan. 12, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com This video is from CNN’s AC 360, broadcast Jan. 12, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com
In his final press conference, President Bush defended the federal response to hurricane Katrina. MSNBC’s Rachel...
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11 Jan 2009

Bush says torture still necessary

President George W. Bush told Fox's Brit Hume that he approved enhanced interrogation techniques for suspected terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Bush explained, "My view is the techniques were necessary and are necessary."
President George W. Bush told Fox's Brit Hume that he approved enhanced interrogation techniques for suspected...
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11 Jan 2009

Cheney Defends the “Nobody Could’ve Predicted” President

In an interview Thursday with the AP, Vice President Cheney neatly summarized the failed Bush presidency. Comparing the financial meltdown and implosion of the American economy with the 9/11 attacks, Cheney insisted, "I don't think anybody saw it coming." As it turns out, from 9/11, sectarian conflict in Iraq and the election of Hamas to the Bush recession and the drowning of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, the leading lights of the Bush administration claimed they never saw it coming. Call it the "Nobody Could've Predicted Presidency."
In an interview Thursday with the AP, Vice President Cheney neatly summarized the failed Bush presidency. Comparing the...
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11 Jan 2009

Eight Years of Madoffs

THREE days after the world learned that $50 billion may have disappeared in Bernie Madoff s Ponzi scheme, The Times led its front page of Dec. 14 with the revelation of another $50 billion rip-off. This time the vanished loot belonged to American taxpayers. That was our collective contribution to the $117 billion spent (as of mid-2008) on Iraq reconstruction a sinkhole of corruption, cronyism, incompetence and outright theft that epitomized Bush management at home and abroad.
THREE days after the world learned that $50 billion may have disappeared in Bernie Madoff s Ponzi scheme, The Times led...
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8 Jan 2009

The Myth of Bush As The Hero of 9/11

Like many Bush legacy myth-makers, Halperin has no sense of history. Or he does, but he conveniently ignores it. If he were able to peg this historical event into its proper context, Halperin would realize that the president's "rocky start" was the first in a series of disastrous performances. The Indonesian tsunami. The Iraq insurgency. Katrina. The economic meltdown. And on and on. Halperin describes those several hours as if the president's inexcusable behavior was an isolated incident -- an aberration -- a brief hiccup in an otherwise stellar eight years of lightning fast reflexes and unwavering heroism.
Like many Bush legacy myth-makers, Halperin has no sense of history. Or he does, but he conveniently ignores it. If he...
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4 Jan 2009

Cheney: President’s actions legal if he’s not impeached

Vice president Dick Cheney talked to CBS Bob Schieffer about the legality of a president s actions during war time. Cheney implied that a president s actions were legal if those actions didn t result in his impeachment. Partial transcript SCHIEFFER: Do you believe that the president in time of war, that anything he does is legal? CHENEY: I [...]
Vice president Dick Cheney talked to CBS Bob Schieffer about the legality of a president s actions during war time....
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30 Dec 2008

Bush aide: Katrina was ‘final nail in the coffin’

Vanity Fair has published a new article by Cullen Murphy and Todd S. Purdum that looks at interviews with key players in George W. Bush’s White House. Purdum appeared on MSNBC to talk about the Bush legacy. This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 29, 2008. Download video via RawReplay.com
Vanity Fair has published a new article by Cullen Murphy and Todd S. Purdum that looks at interviews with key players in...
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19 Dec 2008

Olbermann: White House owes apology to 9/11 victims for “lies”

White House spokesperson Tony Fratto told Fox News that the events of 9/11 were unforeseeable and not President Bush s responsibility. Countdown s Keith Olbermann points out the numerous times the White House was briefed on suspicious activity and chose to do nothing about it. This video is from MSNBC s Countdown, broadcast Dec. 18, 2008. Download video via [...]
White House spokesperson Tony Fratto told Fox News that the events of 9/11 were unforeseeable and not President Bush s...
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4 Dec 2008

Hardball: Joan Walsh Smacks Down George Bush for His ABC News Interview

Matthews: Joan I'm not sure what the message there is. Is the President saying in retrospect that he would not have invaded and occupied Iraq as a matter of geopolitical policy had there been no weapons of mass destruction? Is he saying that that was the single definitive reason why we went into that country and occupied it? Is that what he's saying?
Matthews: Joan I'm not sure what the message there is. Is the President saying in retrospect that he would not have...
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20 Nov 2008

More on Bush Burrowing

Schumer and Feinstein have acted in response to the Washington Post's story on how some of the most controversial of Bush's political appointees have burrowed into civil service positions, which I wrote about here, as it pertains to the Interior Department.
Schumer and Feinstein have acted in response to the Washington Post's story on how some of the most controversial of...
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18 Nov 2008

Fox analyst: Bush can’t issue blanket pardons for torture

Fox News senior legal analyst Andrew Napolitano told Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade that President Bush would not be able to issue a blanket pardon for individuals involved in torture. You can t pardon someone without naming who it is, said Napolitano. Napolitano doesn t believe that Bush is likely to pardon Scooter Libby who was convicted [...]
Fox News senior legal analyst Andrew Napolitano told Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade that President Bush would not...
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18 Nov 2008

Turley:”Obnoxious” that Bush may pardon himself

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley talks about how Barack Obama will respond to the possibility of President Bush pardoning everyone involved in interrogation, torture and rendition policies during his administration. This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Nov. 17, 2008. Download video via RawReplay.com
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley talks about how Barack Obama will respond to the possibility of President...
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10 Nov 2008

Bush deregulating environment like Party favors

CBS Kimberly Dozier reported that President Bush is making changes like easing regulations for industry in his last days. The White House says it s push to easy industry regulations is unfinished business, but others see it as controversial.
CBS Kimberly Dozier reported that President Bush is making changes like easing regulations for industry in his last...

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18 Jul 2007

Papers Detail Industry’s Role in Cheney’s Energy Report –

At 10 a.m. on April 4, 2001, representatives of 13 environmental groups were brought into the Old Executive Office Building for a long-anticipated meeting. Since late January, a task force headed by Vice President Cheney had been busy drawing up a new national energy policy, and the groups were getting their one chance to be heard.
At 10 a.m. on April 4, 2001, representatives of 13 environmental groups were brought into the Old Executive Office...

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2 Dec 2004

Remind Us …

So I'm going through last year's Cheers and Jeers transcripts, putting together my templates for next week. I came across something I'd forgotten about...and it blew me away. I don't know who put this together---and the ending is admittedly hokey---but I think everyone should listen to this as we remember those who have given their lives for our country during the reign of King George the Turd. Personally, I'm not on the impeachement bandwagon. But I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that if every American heard this Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheney montage, they'd demand that a United Van Lines truck be sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue forthwith.
So I'm going through last year's Cheers and Jeers transcripts, putting together my templates for next week. I came...
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4 Mar 2004

George W. Bush Spent $950 Million on Universal Health Care

Fresh from a two-day weekend visit to Iraq, the Bush administration s top health-care official defended the $950 million that will be spent to help Iraq establish universal health care. Congressional Democrats have criticized the administration for helping Iraq to establish universal health care without doing the same for U.S. citizens.
Fresh from a two-day weekend visit to Iraq, the Bush administration s top health-care official defended the $950 million...

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