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Gorbachev: ‘Russia Did Not Want This Crisis’

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has weighed in again about the recent bloody battles between Russia and Georgia, this time insisting in a New York Times Op-Ed piece that Russia was “dragged into the fray by the recklessness of the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili” and “did not need a little victorious war.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in Charge

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Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE



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U.S. Demands Sanctions Against Russia

The Bush administration continued efforts to resurrect the Cold War this week by demanding that European governments back sanctions against Russia. So far, America’s allies in NATO are showing relative restraint in the face of a transatlantic temper tantrum.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


Blowback From Bear-Baiting

For reasons too numerous to fit into a short summary, Pat Buchanan isn’t someone whose writings we’d routinely pick up on this site. However, in this case his essay about the Georgia-Russia conflict, er, bears repeating here, if only to illustrate how not all conservatives see the recent clash in Eastern Europe the way the Bush administration does.

Posted on Aug 16, 2008 READ MORE


Russia Signs Cease-Fire Agreement, With Reservations

On Saturday, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the French-brokered peace treaty already inked by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. However, this is clearly an uneasy and tentative truce: Russian officials say their troops will stay in Georgia for an indefinite time.

Posted on Aug 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Former Reagan Official: White House Sanctioned Georgia-Russia Conflict

Paul Craig Roberts, who was assistant secretary of the treasury during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, sees the Georgia-Russia conflict differently than the Bush administration does: “Americans themselves have nothing to gain,” Roberts said Friday; “What is operating is the dangerous ideology of the American neoconservatives whose goal is to assert American hegemony over the entire world.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Georgia Signs Cease-Fire as Rice Looks On

After spending several hours in a diplomatic huddle behind closed doors with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday signed a cease-fire agreement brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Saakashvili, however, made it clear during a follow-up news conference that “this is not a done deal yet.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Gorbachev: ‘Signs of a Cold War Are Present’

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev appeared on “Larry King Live” Thursday to give his read on the Georgia-Russia conflict, asserting that Georgia was definitively the first to attack, in “a barbaric assault” on Tskhinvali, and that “there was support and protection” for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili from ... elsewhere in the world. Updated

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

George W. Bush and John McCain may have missed the hypocrisy of condemning Russia’s conduct in Georgia while championing the occupation of Iraq, but Middle Easterners managed to connect the dots, according to the Mosaic Intelligence Report.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Is More Dangerous Than Bush

Forget the moderate image, promoted by an admiring media. Forget the so-called straight talk and independence. With the Russian-Georgian war winding down, McCain has firmly established himself as an old-fashioned Cold Warrior and a supporter of the huge oil companies that have a big stake in Georgia and the rest of the Caucasus.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Russian General Takes Bush’s Bait

With the worst timing imaginable, the U.S. and Poland announced a missile shield deal on Thursday, which prompted a Russian general to strut like a peacock and threaten to punish the land of pirogi. The proposed missile shield has been a go-to irritant for President Bush to use on old friend Vladimir Putin, and for an obvious reason: It works.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Warren I. Cohen on China’s Charm Offensive

The Beijing Olympics are proof that the rule of China’s Communist Party has been validated. Yet human rights abuses continue. What’s really going on? What kind of country is China becoming? Two new books help provide answers.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Cold War Spin Only Compounds Georgian Crisis

History—not democracy—provides the explanation for the crisis in Georgia, in which the United States is recklessly involving itself.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


Regulating Cigarettes, at Last

Congress is known for leaving business unfinished, but rarely is a task left undone for more than four decades.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Michael Moore’s Blueprint for an Obama Loss

He’s been rather quiet recently, but Flint’s finest is always a lively voice. His latest missive is a six-point plan for how the Democrats can still blow the easiest election they’ve faced in decades. Summary? Don’t be so darn nice!

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Flying Aid, Condi to Georgia

Upping the ante in Moscow-Washington tension over the border war between Russia and its former satellite state, Bush announced Wednesday that the U.S. military is flying humanitarian aid to Georgia, with his secretary of state to follow. Georgia’s president, however, is spinning this as the first step in a U.S. military intervention.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE



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The Endangered Species Act Is Endangered

The agencies responsible for the welfare of endangered species are proposing rule changes that would cut through all the red tape keeping animals such as the bald eagle alive. True to the administration’s tradition of considering the fox before the hen house, officials hope the changes will assist frustrated developers.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE


Putin’s Sole

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Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE



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“Where Are the Weapons of Mass Destruction?”

Dave continued pacing back and forth in front of Mohammed. “My president,” he said, “is in trouble. Can you help him?” Mohammed was taken aback by the question. “Excuse me?” he asked. “Could you repeat yourself?” Dave sat down next to the Iraqi. “George Bush is in trouble. Our people did not find any WMD in Iraq. Can you help us?”

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Celebrity Ad Wars: Obama Edition

Celebrities have become mere pawns in the tussle between John McCain and Barack Obama, both of whom have now released campaign ads accusing the other of being a celebrity and snuggling up to celebrities. Celebrities = bad!

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Talks Politics at Olympics

In case you missed it, here’s part of President Bush’s sit-down with NBC’s Olympic host Bob Costas on Sunday, during which a somewhat squirmy Bush talked about what he said to Vladimir Putin during the opening festivities, lamenting how the fighting in Georgia was conflicting with the spirit of the Olympics.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Bush Meets World

If you’ve been watching the Olympics this year, chances are you’ve had your share of George W. Bush sightings. The president isn’t exactly known for his worldliness, but he found the spirit of international understanding and friendship to be a pleasant surprise—a “very uplifting experience,” as he put it. Imagine that.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE    


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Driving Mr. bin Laden

The end of the Bush presidency steadily approaches, and yet Osama bin Laden is still at large. Whatever is an outgoing administration to do? Well, how about a little legal sideshow starring bin Laden’s former chauffeur?

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


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What’s Sex Got to Do With It?

If I had to choose between George W. Bush, naked and neighing on all fours while being ridden around the Oval Office by a spurred cowgirl Condoleezza Rice, or enduring his shredding of domestic and international law to wage an illegal war and bilking of the country on behalf of his corporate backers, I could learn to stomach a wide array of sexual escapades.

Posted on Aug 9, 2008 READ MORE


The War on Terror’s Underlings

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Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


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The Games Begin in Beijing

With plenty of pomp and pageantry (not to mention some serious pyrotechnics)—and with auspicious figures like President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in attendance—the Olympic Summer Games kicked off in Beijing on Friday.

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


David McKiernan
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‘Surge’ Rhetoric Not Universal

Despite criticisms of the efficacy of the “surge” in Iraq, a U.S. commander in Afghanistan has dared to say that a planned “surge” in Afghanistan would in fact not help U.S. interests in the country. The commander did make sure not to completely deweaponize the Bush administration’s rhetoric, suggesting instead that a different type of surge is needed.

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


China’s Sins in the Spotlight

World attention, in addition to fixing on the spectacle of the Olympics and the Chinese economic miracle, will be cast on a record of human rights abuse and environmental degradation.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Denver

Twenty-two Electoral College votes in the Rocky Mountain West are up for grabs, meaning this vast expanse is more pivotal than Ohio. And that’s only the beginning of the region’s burgeoning influence on energy, taxes, trade and health care.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Justice Investigation Moving Toward White House

Investigative reporter Murray Waas has better Justice Department sources than just about anybody, so it’s no surprise he keeps breaking stories on the ongoing mess there. The latest: “The investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys has been extended to encompass allegations that senior White House officials played a role in providing false and misleading information to Congress.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE



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Hamdan Sentence Is a Snub to Prosecution

Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former driver, has been sentenced by a military jury to five and a half years in prison—most of which he’s already served in detention. The prosecution wanted his sentence to be 30 years or longer, but it needn’t be too upset: The military has said it can hold Hamdan indefinitely if it feels like it. Hamdan’s lawyers are expected to appeal.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Ron Suskind on Bush’s ‘Great Lies’

Ron Suskind’s new book alleges that the White House ordered the CIA to fabricate a link between Iraq and al-Qaida. The CIA director at the time, George Tenet, calls the claim “ridiculous.” Suskind says that’s just an example of “George’s memory issue.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE



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White House Fabricated Iraq Intelligence, Book Alleges

According to Ron Suskind, former Wall Street Journal reporter and best-selling Bush critic, the White House ordered the CIA to fabricate evidence linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida and knew before the invasion that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. The White House denies the allegations, published in Suskind’s new book, “The Way of the World.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE



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A War of Self-Destruction

An attack on Iran, which Israeli and Bush administration officials appear set to carry out if Iranian uranium enrichment is not halted, would ignite a regional war in the Middle East and lead to economic collapse and political upheaval in the United States.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Succeeds by Doing Nothing

Without a shot being fired, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ensured that anyone who wants anything in the Middle East has got to talk to Syria. He’s done nothing—and he’s won.

Posted on Aug 3, 2008 READ MORE


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The ‘Have-Oils’ and the Have-Nots

Skyrocketing oil and natural gas prices in the second quarter of this year led ExxonMobil to report the highest profit ever by an American company. Despite falling production and rising operating costs, Exxon brought in $138 billion in revenue and reported an astounding net income of $11.7 billion. Who else is profiting?

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


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WSJ: Is Obama Too Fit for the White House?

Following on the heels of last week’s probing editorial about whether the creators of “The Dark Knight” are closeted Bush fans hankering to spread their (W-shaped) bat wings in full daylight comes this latest round of barrel-scraping for political analysis by The Wall Street Journal—this time daring to wonder whether Barack Obama shouldn’t hit the McDonald’s drive-through a bit harder if he really wants to win this thing.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


The 5 Best Political Comedies

Millions of Americans will flock to movie theaters in the coming months to escape their troubles, but they’d be better off renting one of these five classic political films.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Panel Cites Rove for Contempt

The House Judiciary Committee cited former presidential adviser Karl Rove for contempt of Congress because of his refusal to testify on the politicization of the Justice Department. There’s still plenty of red tape keeping Bush’s Brain from a day of reckoning. A full vote on the citation won’t happen—if it happens at all—until September, and by the time the lawyers get involved, George W. Bush will be back in Crawford whacking brush.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


It’s the War, Stupid

There is nothing like the blast of a Baghdad bomb and the wail of sirens to drown out John McCain’s bitter campaign sound bites or the patter of Barack Obama’s “premature victory lap.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


‘It’s a Global Election’

A visit to Estonia reminds “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman that the full impact of the American election will be felt across the globe, from Mesopotamia to a small Baltic republic.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Detroit News / Ankur Dholakia

Chronically Homeless Numbers Down 30%, U.S. Claims

In the face of a U.S. housing crisis and a troubled economy, Bush administration officials claim that the past two years have seen a 30 percent drop in the levels of chronically homeless people, crediting the decrease to a strategy of finding permanent shelter for the long-ignored disabled and addicted.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Doth Protest Too Much?

In response to Scott McClellan’s suggestion that White House talking points somehow found their way onto Fox News pundits’ teleprompter feeds, Bill O’Reilly took to the airwaves to defend his honor, denying he ever served as a mouthpiece to the Bush White House and declaring, “McClellan would never dare say that to my face.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Acts of War

The war between the United States and Iran is on. American taxpayer dollars are being used, with the permission of Congress, to fund activities that result in Iranians being killed and wounded, and Iranian property destroyed. This wanton violation of a nation’s sovereignty would not be tolerated if the tables were turned.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s Legacy of Torture

I still find it hard to believe that George W. Bush, to his eternal shame and our nation’s great discredit, made torture a matter of hair-splitting, legalistic debate at the highest levels of the United States government. But that’s precisely what he did.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


A Parting Gift to the Religious Right

From the people who brought you the Terri Schiavo spectacle, the stem-cell research stalemate and the atrocious waste of tax money on abstinence-only sex education that has been shown not to work, comes a sequel: a proposal to redefine abortion to include some of the most common forms of birth control.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Approves Execution of Military Convict

President Bush signed off Monday on the execution of Army Pvt. Ronald Gray, who has been on the U.S. military’s death row since 1988 for rape and murder convictions. Gray’s legal team is expected to appeal, and no date is set for his execution.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


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