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Chuck Hagel
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Robert Scheer: Chuck Hagel for President!

If it ever narrows down to a choice between Chuck Hagel and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Mr. Fish

Robert Scheer: Brooding Prince’s Soliloquy

To surge or not to surge, that is the question. As our prince proposes, once again, to take arms against a sea of troubles, he responds not to the disaster that he has visited upon Iraq, but rather embraces a desperate strategy for salvaging what remains of his reign.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE

Saddam Hussein
AP Photo / Marco Di Lauro, Pool

Robert Scheer: A Monster of Our Creation

Someone has to say it: The hanging of Saddam Hussein was an act of barbarism that makes a mockery of President Bush’s claim it was “an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy.”

Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE

Hussein Hanging
Iraqi state television

Robert Scheer: Silencing Saddam

The grisly holiday hanging of Saddam Hussein has been greeted mostly with cheers from the media, but Truthdig editor Robert Scheer takes a different view, noting that even top Nazis, in the Nuremberg trials, received a far superior grade of justice.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE

Iraqi contractors
AP Photo / Khalid Mohammed

Robert Scheer: Ike Was Right

Many critics of the war suggest that the U.S. remains in Iraq because it wants that nation’s petroleum. But oil is not the primary reason.  Instead, look to the military-industrial complex, a threat that President Eisenhower warned of in the 1960s.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Bush and Gates
AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Robert Scheer: Bush Can’t Kick the Habit

Here we go again: A new secretary of defense and yet another call for ending the war in Iraq by escalating it. What are they smoking in the Bush White House?

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE

Rumsfeld and Saddam

Robert Scheer: One Last Lie for the Road

Truthdig’s editor enters the mind of Donald Rumsfeld, who journeyed to Iraq recently to bid farewell to the troops, but ended up repeating the lies that put them at risk.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE

Jose Padilla
New York Times

Robert Scheer: Becoming What We Despise

The Founding Fathers won a war, but their true contribution to human history was to tackle head-on the reality that humans and their institutions can so easily become that which they despise.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
AP Photo / Vahid Salemi

Robert Scheer: Learning to Live With the Ayatollahs

How in the world did George W. Bush manage to turn Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader” of “Axis of Evil” Iran, into a prophet of peace in the Middle East?

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE

AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Robert Scheer: In the Shadow of Ho Chi Minh

President Bush has said many dumb things in defense of his Iraq policy. Citing the Vietnam War as a model, however, is perhaps his most ludicrous yet.

Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE

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