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What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, ‘Never Trump’?

The 50 Republican national security experts who signed a letter saying Donald Trump “lacks the character, values, and experience to be president” hardly have the moral high ground. The group includes your basic list of potential American war criminals.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


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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

It’s Time for an Investigation Into George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

The release of a long-awaited report on the United Kingdom’s role in the Iraq War is prompting renewed calls to try former Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes. And many are asking: What about the war’s principal promoter?

Posted on Jul 6, 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

Declassified CIA Report Shows Barbaric Conditions That Led to a Detainee’s Death

Gul Rahman, a 34-four-year-old suspected al-Qaida operative, froze to death in November 2002 after being beaten, doused with cold water and left half-naked while chained to the floor of his cell.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

The End of American Iraq: Poor Shiites Invade Parliament Over the Corrupt ‘Spoils System’

Baghdad was in a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the Parliament building, briefly imprisoning parliamentarians in the chamber (and some in a basement) before letting them go.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE

Eric Fair’s ‘Consequence,’ a Memoir by a Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator

Fair’s “candid and chilling new book” is “at once an agonized confession of his own complicity as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib and an indictment of the system that enabled and tried to justify torture,” writes Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times.

Posted on Apr 9, 2016 READ MORE


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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

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: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: George W. Bush—in the Form of Will Ferrell on ‘SNL’—Explains Why He’s Running Again

“The field of Republicans out there is so messed up,” declares the comedian as he plays the 43rd president, “I figured, makes you miss me, doesn’t it?”

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

I Am the Beggar of the World

In a striking collection of underground poetry written by Afghan women—and punctuated by photographs from the women’s lives—voices that are often silenced speak out about topics as varied as the Taliban, American occupation, sex, poverty, domestic abuse, marriage, Guantanamo and George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

Bush Sr. Blames Neocons for Ruining W.’s Presidency: Is He Warning Jeb? (Video)

In interviews given for a new biography, George H.W. Bush, 91, lets loose against Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, whom he clearly blames for many of the failures of the presidency of his son, George W. Bush.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why Do We Let Politicians Lie to Get Elected?

When politicians renege on campaign promises, they are not “being economical with the truth” but “deceiving the public in order to win an election”—and such betrayal in the United Kingdom should trigger a general election, according to one prominent writer.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

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

Jeb and Dubya

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 ENLARGE

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

Another Bush Legacy in Iraq: Barzani Asks PKK to Leave (Video)

On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province using a tractor laden with explosives.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Psychologists Who Concealed U.S. Torture Program May Face Charges

The country’s largest professional organization of psychologists faces a crisis after a damning independent review alleging post-9/11 “collusion.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

CIA Empowered Its Director to Override Rules on Human Experimentation

A secret document published by The Guardian on Monday reveals that, despite having explicit guidelines against “human experimentation,” the Central Intelligence Agency empowered its director to rule on questions of medical ethics in its post-9/11 torture program.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

Bush Spawn Returns

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 ENLARGE

John Cusack: Barack Obama Is ‘as Bad or Worse’ Than George W. Bush

Actor John Cusack has said Barack Obama is “as bad or worse” than former President Bush when it comes to civil liberties, drone strikes, freedom of the press and the National Security Agency.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE

Presidential Qualifications

Posted on May 29, 2015 ENLARGE

GOP Polls

Posted on May 23, 2015 ENLARGE

Heavy Brother

Posted on May 22, 2015 ENLARGE

Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

Posted on May 21, 2015 ENLARGE

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

Truthdigger of the Week: Ivy Ziedrich, Critic of War and the Bush Family

The University of Nevada college student brought some clarity to politics by challenging presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on who is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

Dubya and Dubyaer

Posted on May 14, 2015 ENLARGE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Critics of the American Psychological Association Role in Torture Program

Health care professionals and human rights experts have blown the whistle on the American Psychological Association for providing the U.S. with ethical and legal cover for torture of terrorism suspects.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Experts Allege the American Psychological Association Secretly Collaborated With Bush on Torture

A group of dissident psychologists say the professional academic organization provided legal and ethical cover to George W. Bush’s torture regime in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

Young Dubya

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE

Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

Someday, at an official U.S. torture museum, our children may wonder how we ever adopted the worst traditions of terror in the Age of Barbarism Lite.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

Manhunters Inc.: How the Predator Became Washington’s Calling Card

The metamorphosis of the drone from eye to weapon came about almost by chance as the new millennium began. Barely two months after the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush declared: “It is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles.”

Posted on Apr 9, 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

The Long War of Foreverness

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 ENLARGE

Passing the Torch

Posted on Jan 26, 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


Posted on Dec 20, 2014 ENLARGE

CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE

CIA Torture Report Finally Released by Senate, Revealing Extreme and Ineffective Methods

After four years of investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee, charged with overseeing the CIA, released its “landmark report” on the agency’s use of torture Tuesday morning. 

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, Warns of ‘Violence’ (So Why Did They Torture?)

The Senate report is due out this week and is already the object of a Karl Rove style disinformation campaign by former President George W. Bush and others.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE

Even George W. Bush Finds the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision ‘Hard to Understand’

The former president isn’t exactly someone to model a moral compass after, which is why you may find it surprising to hear his reaction to a New York grand jury decision not to indict the policeman whose chokehold preceded Eric Garner’s death.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE

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