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What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?

The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme. As usual, the little people are the ones who lost big.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE


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Obama Did Not Found Islamic State, Mr. Trump—the GOP Did (Video)

In his daily free-association exercise, the Republican presidential nominee accused the president of creating the terrorist organization by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011. But the timetable for withdrawal was set by the Bush administration.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

The Real Problem With the Iraq War: It Was Illegal

I won’t disguise my impatience with the release of the Chilcot Report on Britain’s involvement in the 2003-2016 Iraq War.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE

Chilcot Report on Iraq War Is ‘Damning Verdict’ for Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair (Video)

The United Kingdom’s official inquiry into the Iraq War has revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair “deliberately exaggerated [the] threat from Iraq” and did not exhaust all possibilities before resorting to military action. After the report was released on Wednesday, current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued an apology on behalf of his party for its role in the war. (Updated)

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Nation Books

How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE


Posted on Mar 27, 2016 ENLARGE

How Bush-Cheneyism Made Mideast in Its Image: Wars, the War on Terror, With Us or Against Us

Thirteen years after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, it is worth considering its full impact on this country and on the region.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE


Posted on Feb 24, 2016 ENLARGE

Two Legacies, Two Fates

The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed. Their contrasting fates, to this point at least, tell us much about our two parties, the nature of this year’s presidential election, and the dueling legacies themselves.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE

George W. Bush, Who Mirrored and Inflamed Public Passions, Attacks Donald Trump for Doing It (Video)

George W. Bush came out of political exile on Monday to be his brother Jeb’s surrogate in attacking Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time

Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

Empire Strikes Back

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 ENLARGE

My Brother

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 ENLARGE

Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Yes, George W. Bush Bears Some Responsibility for U.S. Vulnerability on 9/11 (Video)

The Donald Trump-Jeb Bush tiff over whether George W. Bush “kept us safe” is another example of how Donald Trump is better than Karl Rove at politics.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Bush and Cheney’s Final Failure: Many in Iraq Seek an Alliance With Russia (Video)

The Iraqi government in Baghdad, threatened by Islamic State and frustrated by the Obama administration’s foot-dragging in taking it on, seems increasingly tempted by a Russian alliance.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Final Collapse of Bush’s Nation-Building: Kunduz Falls to Taliban

On Monday, the Taliban swept into the provincial capital of Kunduz, taking it in half a day from a large and well-equipped Afghan National Army force.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Memo to Jeb Bush: It Was W’s Surge That Created Islamic State, Not Hillary

Jeb Bush very unwisely went after Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night on the grounds that her Iraq policies gave us Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Petros Giannakouris / AP

It’s Greek to Goldman Sachs

“What is this Goldman Sachs and why has it caused us so much grief?” is a question they must be asking in even the most remote of Greek villages, as they are throughout much of this economically troubled world. (Reposted)

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

Presidential Trans Fat

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 ENLARGE

Jeb Bush Logo

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 ENLARGE

Who Created ISIS?

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 ENLARGE

Pest Control

Posted on May 31, 2015 ENLARGE

Republican Brawlers

Posted on May 31, 2015 ENLARGE

Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Smarter Bush

Posted on May 20, 2015 ENLARGE

Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?

Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush

Posted on May 16, 2015 ENLARGE

Bush Brothers

Posted on May 14, 2015 ENLARGE

Previous Button

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 ENLARGE

Clinton and Bush Dynasties

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 ENLARGE

Founding Fathers

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 ENLARGE

An Early Look at the 2016 Race for the Republican Nomination

With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president—in his case, I’m picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora—it’s time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

(Gage Skidmore CC-BY-SA)

Jeb’s Bushian Speech

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Long War of Foreverness

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 ENLARGE

Jon Stewart on How the Mass Media Helped Get Us Into the Iraq War

In response to the media’s take on the recent suspension of NBC’s Brian Williams,“The Daily Show” host says there probably wouldn’t have even been an Iraq War “if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual fucking war.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Williams Incident: Reagan and Bush Lied About Military Records but Got a Pass

NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams is under fire for repeatedly having told an embellished story of being in a Chinook helicopter that took RPG and small arms fire at the beginning of the Iraq War and was forced down.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

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What Romney Knows Can Hurt the Republicans

Mitt Romney announced Friday he would not seek the presidency a third consecutive time. However, reporting by Mark Halperin reveals that the former GOP nominee sees Jeb Bush as weak and has dirt on Chris Christie yet to be exposed.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

Passing the Torch

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 ENLARGE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE

Frederic Legrand - COMEO /

Paris’ Place in the Middle Eastern Wars

The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformational fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

conejota /

What ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Should Mean to Us

To understand what is at stake in this struggle, it is important to look closely at what we are defending.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Gerry Lauzon (CC BY 2.0)

Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE

Political Theater

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 ENLARGE

The Failure of Republican Economics

Dynamic scoring is the magical-mystery math Republicans have been pushing since they came up with supply-side “trickle-down” economics.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

Torture Report Defense

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 ENLARGE

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