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AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

King George W.:  James Madison’s Nightmare

In 1795, James Madison wrote of war’s far-reaching and corrosive effect on public liberty.  He could well have been warning us about our own King George, just the sort of imperial president that Madison and other founders of our nation feared most.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / George Herbert

Bush’s Pakistan Paradox

The marker of what will go down in history as “Bush’s folly” is that this idiot of a president invaded a country that had absolutely nothing to do with terrorist attacks on the United States or WMD threats to America while coddling the military junta in Pakistan, which was guilty on both counts.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Hatem Moussa

Hamas Holds the High Cards

What a difference 40 years makes.  Robert Scheer takes a look at current events in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank from a historical perspective, tracing the dramatic developments among regional and religious factions since the end of the Six-Day War.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Karim Kadim, file

‘President’ Lieberman: A Cautionary Tale

What would have happened if, by some twist of political fate, Sen. Joe Lieberman had assumed the U.S.‘s highest office instead of George W. Bush?  Judging by his hawkish leanings of late, particularly vis-à-vis Iran, the man who ran alongside Al Gore in 2000 proves the point that not every (once) Democratic candidate would have been better than Bush.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic

Iraq Is the New Korea

Somehow, the Bush administration’s assertion that U.S. troops may remain in Iraq for decades to come went relatively unnoticed by Democratic hopefuls during the June 4 debate.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE


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David Bohrer / The White House

Welcome to Grandpa’s World, Baby Cheney

The picture released by the White House last week of Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, cradling their newborn grandson Samuel David Cheney represents an opportunity for future progress in human rights—if they choose to embrace it with as much care as they do baby Samuel.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Worse Than Watergate, Part II

If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wasn’t in enough trouble already, he now has to deal with the fallout from his disgraceful behavior in John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March of 2004, when Gonzales attempted to strong-arm Ashcroft into reauthorizing the domestic surveillance program implemented by the White House after 9/11—as Ashcroft lay ailing on his sickbed.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran Calls Bush’s Bluff

Relations between the U.S. and Iran are shifting as U.N. inspectors discover that Iran’s uranium enrichment program appears to be further along than previously believed.  These new developments only underscore the increasing volatility in the very region the American invasion of Iraq was supposed to secure, and they put the Bush administration in a codependent relationship with Iran’s ruling regime.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Alums Reap Their Rewards

It’s no wonder that an administration that celebrated and rewarded liars and opportunists would produce the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, who followed up the Iraq disaster with a scandal at the World Bank, and George Tenet, who held his tongue until the price was right. But how do they sleep at night?

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Lawrence Jackson

After Thousands Have Died, Tenet Comes Clean

The three short sentences at the beginning of Chapter 17 of former CIA Director George Tenet’s memoir, “At the Center of the Storm,” tell it all: “The United States did not go to war in Iraq solely because of WMD. I doubt it was even the principal cause. Yet it was the public face that was put on it.”

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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