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White House/Pete Souza

The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s Historic Inaugural Speech, Powell Slams GOP Idiocy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s promise on climate change and Paul Ryan gets a less than favorable response on Inauguration Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE



Colin Powell Talks GOP Racism, Paul Krugman Blasts Jon Stewart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Treasury Department’s decision about minting a trillion dollar coin and another George Bush mulls a bid for public office.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE


Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Women, war and support for alternative candidates could all decide the election, which remains extremely close.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Women, war and support for alternative candidates could all decide the election, which remains extremely close.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Republican Rips Own Party for Being ‘Full of Racists’

A former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell charged the Republican Party with racism after remarks in which John Sununu, a surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, suggested race was a factor in Powell’s endorsement of President Obama.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



Republicans Back Mourdock, Tina Fey Talks GOP and Rape, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Colin Powell offers his endorsement and yet another CEO tries to get his employees to vote for Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Lawrence Jackson

Truthdigger of the Week: Lawrence Wilkerson

Former Vice President Dick Cheney launched his memoir this week, and on Tuesday, Lawrence Wilkerson, our Truthdigger of the Week, said he would be willing to testify in criminal court against Cheney should the opportunity ever arise.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ed Zurga

Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions

Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Dark Art of Propaganda

“When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it,” wrote Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s Reich minister of propaganda, in 1941. Former Vice President Dick Cheney seems to have taken the famous Nazi’s advice in his new book, “In My Time.”

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



reid.senate.gov

Reid & Co. Open Fire on GOP

The 111th Congress produced some real eleventh-hour gains for the Obama administration, and by extension the president’s party, but some Democrats, such as Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, aren’t ready to get over some of the biggest partisan clashes of the last two years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


Colin Powell

Colin Powell Stands by His Man

The former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state says he has no regrets about endorsing Barack Obama and defends the president from his frenemy Dick Cheney.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama at Arlington Cemetery
Original photo cropped: White House Photo / Pete Souza

Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Say It Isn’t So’

On the eve of President Obama’s speech at West Point, one of his more media-savvy supporters, filmmaker Michael Moore, sent out a pre-emptive missive to the would-be “new war president,” predicting the fallout that Obama will face if he follows through with his reported plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


‘Mosaic’: Iranian WMD and the Writing on the Wall

Recent developments in Iran remind “Mosaic” producer Jamal Dajani of Colin Powell’s infamous speech to the U.N. about Saddam Hussein’s phantom WMD.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


Colin Powell
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Will History Make of Colin Powell?

Public figures understandably fuss over their reputations and how they will be remembered. Recent news brought to mind two prominent figures of their moment: Colin Powell and Robert McNamara.

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 READ MORE


colin powell
Flickr / U.S. Dept. of State

Godspeed, Colin Powell

In the latest attempt at figuring out how to give the GOP the makeover of a lifetime, former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave his version of the Grand Reform on “Face the Nation” Sunday. Criticizing the “diktats” of the far right and their “shrill” and “judgmental” tone, he spoke of broadening the base to win people back. As usual, Karl Rove readily fired back.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cheney and the Iraq-Torture Link

Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as “enhanced interrogation” or simply “the program.”

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


Armitage

Armitage on Torture, ‘AWOL’ Congress

Now that the Department of Justice has released the latest stunning Bush-era torture memos, this Al-Jazeera English interview with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, in which he admits that the Bush administration flouted the Geneva Conventions and that he probably should have resigned, is even more alarming.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE


Palestinian gunmen
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

One Missing Word Sowed the Seeds of Catastrophe

No one in 1967 dreamed that the Israeli-Arab conflict would still be in ferocious progress 41 years later, but the wording in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 has something to do with this ongoing clash.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


Report Reveals Major Problems With Iraq Reconstruction

Remember when we were told that the Iraq invasion would be a quick and straightforward venture, and that the resulting reconstruction effort would pay for itself? Those notions, like so many others that held sway in recent years, have been belied by the actual outcomes, as evidenced by a new report about the highly problematic rebuilding process in Iraq.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008 READ MORE


Powell
cbsnews.com

All’s Quiet at the Bush White House

Following his paradigm-shifting endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” which also inevitably represented a slap to the Bush administration he once served, Colin Powell’s announcement has (thus far) been met with resounding silence from his former White House colleagues.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Powell Gets Down
guardian.co.uk

Powell Busts a Move

Former Secretary of State and current dance sensation Colin Powell graced the stage of a London hip-hop concert “in celebration of African culture.” The song he sang and danced to? A Nigerian hit about people spending money gleaned from U.S. Internet scam victims.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


Cheney

Cheney’s Goal Portrayed as Regime Change Across Mideast

In this clip from The Real News, featuring an interview with Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, we learn that Iranian officials made an offer back in 2003 to negotiate with the Bush administration about all the important issues causing friction between Tehran and Washington. But we also learn that Dick Cheney was opposed to “talking to evil, period”— and had certain other reasons for refusing Iran’s overture.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Adrienne Kinne
democracynow.org

Truthdigger of the Week: Adrienne Kinne

Truthdig tips its hat this week to former Army Sgt. Adrienne Kinne, who has defied her one-time higher-ups by speaking out about how military officials knew that a target list in April 2003 contained the name of Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel, which was shelled by a U.S. tank on April 8 even though embedded reporters were staying there. Two journalists were killed in the attack; one of them even filmed his own death.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


Powell
nndb.com

Colin Powell: Close Guantanamo Immediately

Colin Powell has come out against Guantanamo Bay: “Guantanamo has become a major, major problem ... in the way the world perceives America and if it were up to me I would close Guantanamo, not tomorrow but this afternoon.” The former secretary of state has been eager to rehabilitate his image in recent years after a disastrous WMD sales pitch at the U.N.

Posted on Jun 10, 2007 READ MORE


Former Aide Accuses Condi of ‘Misleading’ Congress

Flynt Leverett, a former aide to Condoleezza Rice, has essentially accused the secretary of state of lying to Congress and the American people when she denied seeing a 2003 proposal from Iran. Tehran had offered a deal similar to what the U.S. wants now, but the Bush administration had no interest at the time. Leverett said former Secretary of State Colin Powell told him he “couldn’t sell it at the White House.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Chris Hitchens on Hardball
From crooksandliars.com

Powell’s Iraq Admission Reverberating

Colin Powell’s controversial claim (made to Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer) that he never believed Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat has renewed the debate about Powell’s culpability in the Iraq debacle. Check out Vanity Fair’s Chris Hitchens and Newsweek’s Evan Thomas discussing the issue on “Hardball” or read Jane Hamsher’s take at Firedoglake.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Now Powell Tells Us

Colin Powell told me that he and his department’s top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that the president followed the misleading advice of Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim.

Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development
Bill Haber / AP

As Though The Republicans Needed Another Lobbying Scandal

Ohio Rep. Bob Ney lobbied Colin Powell to ease sanctions on Iran—at the behest of a crooked lobbyist. | story
Iran and dirty lobbying: Can you even imagine a more sordid combo? No wonder Ney just stepped down from his leadership post. | story

Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


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