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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Karzai Shows Security Contractors the Door

In your face, foreign community! Afghan President Hamid Karzai has begun dissolving foreign private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater, as he moves to make good on a promise to ban the private contractors by year’s end.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


Gov. Palin
gov.state.ak.us

Palin’s First Passport Issued in 2006

Apparently undeterred by Sarah Palin’s challenging stance from the RNC podium Wednesday night, The Boston Globe and other media outlets went about their business of vetting Palin’s past, as with any other public figure who aspires to play a major leadership role on the world stage. As it turns out, Palin’s own experience on said world stage has thus far been rather limited.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


Bush in Africa

Bush on Why the U.S. Didn’t Send Troops to Darfur

The year is 2008, and President George W. Bush has learned an important lesson in global affairs: “Outside forces” taking part in foreign clashes “tend to divide people up inside their country” and “are unbelievably counterproductive.” 

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Princeton Report
From princeton.edu

Elite Bipartisan Group Pushes for Foreign Policy Overhaul

Nearly 400 of the world’s leading foreign policy intellectuals contributed to a Princeton University-organized initiative that calls for a new grand strategy to address America’s national security concerns. (More after the jump…)

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


William F. Buckley, Jr.
From CBS via Raw Story

Buckley: Bush Should Have Resigned

Watch William F. Buckley Jr., the godfather of modern conservatism, tell a CBS reporter how any self-respecting head of state would have stepped down from office had he or she made the kinds of mistakes that Bush has made.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


Mail Order Wife
From A Foreign Affair

On the Great Ukrainian Bride Hunt

A Harper’s reporter goes undercover on a tour designed to introduce Western men to Eastern European and Russian women. The tour company says men are treated ?like an alpha-male wolf ...  having the sheep brought in.? (The picture above is a real company listing.)

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


Foreign Companies Buy U.S. Roads

U.S. roads and bridges paid for by American taxpayers are being sold to companies abroad. Selling roads and bridges to private companies provides states with extra cash in the short term, but as Indiana’s House Democratic leader has argued, these deals are shortsighted taxpayer rip-offs that funnel long-term profits to foreign coffers. (h/t AmericaBlog)

Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


Conservatives Fuming Over Bush’s Foreign Affairs

Ultra right-wingers at places like the American Enterprise Institute say they are furious at Bush over his apparent timidity on crises in Lebanon, North Korea and Iran.
Hey, if things aren’t going the AEI’s way, it’s gotta be good news.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


Scalia to Conservatives: Butt Out!

Justice Antonin Scalia told fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill to butt out of the Supreme Court’s business in regards to using foreign law in its constitutional rulings. “It’s none of your business,” he said during a speech.

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Praying
Brooks Kraft / Corbis

Bush Explains God’s Role in His Foreign Policy

During a speech in Irvine, Calif., Bush gave even more credence to the thesis of Kevin Phillips’ book “American Theocracy.”
Or, to paraphrase Truthdig contributor Sam Harris: Every time Bush says the word “God,” just substitute the word “Apollo” or “Thor,” and you begin to glimpse the intellectual quackery implicit in basing earthly policy on a supernatural conceit.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


Rice Concedes Errors in Iraq

The secretary of state admits that the U.S. has probably made thousands of “tactical errors” in Iraq but defends the larger policy of invading Iraq.

Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


Harvard Backs Away From ‘Israel Lobby’ Study

The university has removed its backing from a controversial report (co-authored by a Harvard dean) critical of America’s pro-Israel lobby.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Committee Head Wary of Arab Control Over U.S. Ports

With a company owned by the United Arab Emirates set to take control over six U.S. ports, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the White House to reconsider approval of a sale.
It was news to us at Truthdig that a foreign power could even do such a thing in the first place.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Advisors: Don’t Take the President Literally on his Vow to Reduce Mideast Oil Imports

One day after Bush pledged to reduce Middle East oil imports 75% by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic advisor tell reporters that the president misspoke. Their clarification is a bit confusing. | Read on to figure it out.
Regardless, Reuters is reporting that Bush’s energy “plan” (skepticism ours) will not meaningfully reduce our dependence on foreign crude. | story

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Funds Exotic Languages in Schools

Kindergartners to learn Arabic, Farsi, Chinese. | more

Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


Iran’s Nuclear Team Cancels U.N. Meeting

No excuse given, Iranian team leader reportedly heads back to Tehran. | more

Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


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