This week, our roundup of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Bill Clinton’s thrashing of Fox News’ Chris Wallace; Bill Maher & Co. debating the sanity of religion; retired generals blasting Rumsfeld; and Jon Stewart’s evisceration of Bush’s torture bill.
No. 1: Bill Clinton’s American President Moment
Remember the scene toward the end of “The American President” in which Michael Douglas, playing President Andrew Shepherd, delivers a stand-up-and-cheer tongue-lashing against his critics? Watch as Bill Clinton demolishes Fox News’ Chris Wallace in a similar manner.
Supporting video #2: Arianna Huffington applauds Clinton’s words, but calls him naive (watch it) for having indulged in a “bipartisan love-in” (read it)
No. 2: Maher & Mixed Panel Debate ‘Jesus Camp’
Bill Maher and a panel including Reza Aslan (a Muslim), Sandy Rios (a conservative Christian) and Bradley Whitford (a liberal Episcopalian) discuss the morality of raising “Christian soldiers” to fight in God’s army, and then launch into a spirited discussion about the sanity of professing to “know” that God is speaking to us.
At a Democratic Senate forum Monday, several former U.S. generals and colonels called the secretary of defense incompetent in his prosecution of the Iraq war.
Watch the testimony of Major General John R.S. Batiste, a former senior military assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and commander of the 1st Infantry Division, and who served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. (He explains why he retired from the service—and a promising career—“on principle” because of the way Rumsfeld was running the war.)
Watch the testimony of Major General Paul D. Eaton, who was responsible for training the Iraqi military from May 2003 to March 2004, and for rebuilding the Iraqi police force from March through June 2004.