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Tillman and Lynch

Congress Will Investigate Misinformation on Tillman, Lynch

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will investigate the Pentagon’s handling of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch to determine “why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate administration officials have been held accountable.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Leaked Tillman Memo Warns of Bush Embarrassment

A memo addressed to Gen. John Abizaid revealed that Pat Tillman’s death probably involved “friendly fire” and warned that the president could embarrass himself by claiming other circumstances. The document, dated seven days after Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, implicates higher-ranking officers than those cited by a military investigation into a possible cover-up.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Tillman Briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Tillman Family: Briefing Was ‘Unsatisfactory’

The Pentagon briefed the Tillman family Monday following dual investigations into the alleged criminality and cover-up in the aftermath of the fratricide of Pat Tillman. Here is the family’s response, in its entirety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Andrew Cockburn’s Rumsfeld Revelations

The storied journalist speaks to Truthdig about his new book, “Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy,” which offers fresh insight into the real force behind the Iraq debacle.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


Generals
vanityfair.com

Revisiting the ‘Insurgent’ Generals

Vanity Fair has an interesting profile of six retired generals—all of whom voted for George W. Bush—who famously and courageously condemned the administration’s conduct of the Iraq war. Find out why they went against years of military tradition to speak out, and how they feel about the current state of affairs.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Rummy and Ford
White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Rumsfeld: The Power and the Glory

Roger Morris, a historian and investigative journalist who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, brings his wisdom to bear on the rise and fall of Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Video roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a clever political satire of lonelygirl15; a gripping documentary on Saddam Hussein’s American backers; and everyday U.S. citizens exposed at their most clueless.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Rumsfeld and Saddam

Saddam’s American Allies

Former “60 Minutes” producer and author Barry Lando connects the dots between Saddam Hussein and his American backers in this powerful documentary.
(h/t: BarryLando)

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam Hussein
AP Photo / Marco Di Lauro, Pool

Robert Scheer: A Monster of Our Creation

Someone has to say it: The hanging of Saddam Hussein was an act of barbarism that makes a mockery of President Bush’s claim it was “an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy.”

Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE


Hussein Hanging
Iraqi state television

Robert Scheer: Silencing Saddam

The grisly holiday hanging of Saddam Hussein has been greeted mostly with cheers from the media, but Truthdig editor Robert Scheer takes a different view, noting that even top Nazis, in the Nuremberg trials, received a far superior grade of justice.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Wolfowitz and Bush
whitehouse.gov

Better Luck Next Time

With the disastrous Project for the New American Century reduced to one lonely employee and the fiasco in Iraq continuing to unravel, the BBC’s Paul Reynolds takes a look at the last days of neoconservatism.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hitler and Rummy

Conservative Radio Host Wants Dissenters Detained

Conservative radio personality Mike Gallagher appeared on Fox News on Tuesday to vent his anger at “The View” host Joy Behar for comparing Donald Rumsfeld to Hitler. Without a shred of irony, Gallagher then called for the government to round up Behar, Matt Damon and Keith Olbermann and “take the whole bunch of them and put them in a detention camp until this war is over, because they’re a bunch of traitors.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Abizaid
cnn.com

Top U.S. General Will Step Down

Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command and the military chief of the Iraq fiasco, will retire in March. Though officials say Abizaid tendered his retirement before Rumsfeld was pushed out, his departure will allow Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Bush more flexibility in their Iraq makeover, as Abizaid has been a dogged opponent of increasing troop levels.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Kristol and Stewart

Stewart Dismantles Kristol

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol stopped by “The Daily Show” for a friendly chat about all of Bush’s wonderful achievements in Iraq and the war on terror. Whoops!  Stewart took Kristol apart, swatting down one exhausted talking point after another as it flew across the desk.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Charles Swift
Courtesy of the ACLU of Southern California

Truthdigger of the Week: Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift

Truthdig tips its hat to the Navy lawyer who on Dec. 11 won a major ACLU award for his successful defense in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the U.S. Supreme Court case that dashed Bush administration efforts to try terror suspects in special military courts.

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld and Saddam
indymedia.org

Robert Scheer: One Last Lie for the Road

Truthdig’s editor enters the mind of Donald Rumsfeld, who journeyed to Iraq recently to bid farewell to the troops, but ended up repeating the lies that put them at risk.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld: I Haven’t Read the Iraq Report

The outgoing defense secretary admitted in an interview that he hadn’t read the Iraq Study Group report—only the executive summary.
Isn’t Bush the one who doesn’t read?

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
guardian.co.uk

Rumsfeld Toughs It Out on 9/11 Link

While saying goodbye to the troops in Iraq, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made what one can only hope was his last erroneous link between the war and 9/11: “We feel great urgency to protect the American people from another 9/11 or a 9/11 times two or three ... .”

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


Collage

Weekly Video Roundup

In this week’s installment, “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver mocks Rumsfeldian “ironic distance” from the war; NBC’s David Gregory rakes the White House’s Tony Snow over a bed of coals; and “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert airs Bush’s dirty laundry on national TV.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ on Rumsfeld Memo

“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart and John Oliver riff on the now-infamous Rumsfeld memo, in which the former defense secretary offered alternatives to “losing”  in Iraq. Watch it

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
DoD / R.D. Ward

Rumsfeld Memo Calls for ‘Major Adjustment’

Another confidential memo has landed in the hands of The New York Times, this one written by Don Rumsfeld himself. The disgraced former defense secretary suggested major changes in Iraq strategy, including the possibility of troop withdrawals: “In my view it is time for a major adjustment.” Bush apparently agreed, firing Rumsfeld just two days later.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Farewell, Rummy

There’s been so much in print about how Daddy 41’s people are back in the saddle, I was terrified when I saw a photo of Dan Quayle among the pack.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Former Friend: Rumsfeld in ‘Deep Denial’ on Iraq

Ken Adelman, a Defense Policy Board member and former but longtime friend of Donald Rumsfeld, told The New Yorker that Rumsfeld is in a reality-proof bubble when it comes to the Iraq war.

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


James L. Davis
Joao Silva for The New York Times

Marine’s Reaction to the News: ‘Who’s Rumsfeld?’

Informed of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s resignation, a Marine lance corporal (above), in his second tour of duty in Iraq, replied that he had no idea who Rumsfeld was.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Video collage

Weekly Video Roundup

The best videos of this week include a stunning clip of Bush unabashedly admitting that he lied to America; a hysterical sendup of Rumsfeld’s contempt for reporters; and Stephen Colbert’s tribute to the scandal-ridden GOP.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Detainees to Seek Charges Against Rumsfeld

A dozen men who were held at Abu Ghraib intend to file charges with Germany’s top prosecutor to seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of the outgoing defense secretary, along with various other top Bush administration officials, over the detainees’ alleged mistreatment.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld

Fun With Rummy’s Hands

“The Late Late Show” on CBS ran this hysterical spoof of Rumsfeld’s contempt for the press. Please don’t miss it.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Pelosi, Rummy, Sanders and the L.A. Times

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Nancy Pelosi’s speakership, Rumsfeld’s resignation, Bernie Sanders in the Senate and the fiasco at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on Pelosi, Rummy, Sanders and the LA Times

Truthdig editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, Rumsfeld’s resignation, Bernie Sanders in the Senate and the fiasco at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - Rumsfeld, Vagabond

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Rumsfeld, Bush and Gates

Robert Scheer: Gates Has Some Explaining to Do

Truthdig’s editor argues that there remain unanswered questions surrounding the Iran-Contra connections of Robert Gates, whom Bush has tapped as defense secretary.

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Bush lied

Bush Admits Lying to Reporters About Rumsfeld

Last week, President Bush told a group of reporters that Donald Rumsfeld would stay on until the end of Bush’s term. But as Bush himself admitted during his Nov. 8 press conference, that was a lie. Watch it

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld and Gates
From mindfully.org

Rumsfeld Resigns, Former CIA Director Gates Will Step In

President Bush announced that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has resigned, and former CIA Director Robert Gates (above, right) will step in at the Pentagon in prosecuting the Iraq war.

  • Hold off on the champagne just yet. Bush said during his press conference today that he and Gates share a common vision for the war in Iraq….

  • Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld and Hussein

    Robert Scheer: Bush’s November Surprise

    Bush insisted that Saddam Hussein’s trial be held in Iraq so that an international tribunal would never expose America’s history of support for the tyrant—(as in 1982, when President Ronald Reagan sent Donald Rumsfeld, above, to enhance diplomatic relations between Iraq and the U.S.)

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld
    AP / David Hume Kennerly

    Military Newspapers: ‘Rumsfeld Must Go’

    On Monday the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times will run a joint editorial calling for the resignation or removal of the defense secretary: “Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.”

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Powell - Sheriff Rummy

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    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Luckovich - Bush the Comedian

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    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Boehner
    npr.org

    Boehner Praises Rumsfeld

    House Majority Leader John Boehner had some warm words for the embattled defense secretary on Sunday: “I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.”  The remark prompted Democrats to renew their call to oust the enabling majority in Congress.

    Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld
    From CNN via ThinkProgress

    Rumsfeld to Press: ‘Back Off ... Relax’

    The dangerously out-of-touch secretary of defense bristled at reporters’ attempts to challenge him on differences between U.S. and Iraqi officials on benchmarks for progress in Iraq.

  • UPDATE: Watch it

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


  • Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on Iraq After America and More

    This week Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer looks at Elbaradei’s nuclear prophecy, Iraq after US withdrawal and Stan Goff’s “Reflecting on Rumsfeld.”

    Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on nukes, Iraq after America, and Rumsfeld

    This week Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer looks at Elbaradei’s nuclear prophecy, Iraq after withdrawal and Stan Goff’s “Reflecting on Rumsfeld.”

    Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Donald H. Rumsfeld
    AP / Evan Vucci

    Reflecting on Rumsfeld

    Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, describes how two main tenets of the so-called Rumsfeld Doctrine—the reduction of all things military into “metrics” and an obsession with perception management—have left America inured to the human cost of the Iraq war.

    Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Gen. James Jones
    spiegel.de

    High-Ranking General Slams Rumsfeld

    A high-ranking active duty general has endorsed Bob Woodward’s characterization of criticisms the general made of the Bush administration, referring to the Iraq war as a “debacle” and saying: “The Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Woodward: Card Urged Bush to Toss Rumsfeld

    More from Woodward’s book: President Bush’s then-chief of staff and Bush’s wife, Laura, pleaded with the president to fire Rumsfeld during 2004 and 2005. But Cheney and Rove convinced Bush that doing so would send the wrong message.

  • Also, there’s more evidence that Bush’s knowledge about the horrible state of affairs in Iraq was at incredible odds with his public statements.
  • Gen. John Abizaid, head of the Central Command, basically agreed with Rep. John Murtha about the hopeless situation in Iraq.

  • Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    More Iraq Disclosures From Woodward’s Book

    Among them: Bush ignored calls from a top Iraqi advisor in 2003 to send more troops to fight the insurgency; Rumsfeld wouldn’t return Rice’s calls until Bush made him do so; the top U.S. general in the Middle East told visitors in 2005 that Rumsfeld has no credibility to defend the war publicly….

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Quote of the Day

    Reuters reports: Donald Rumsfeld, “asked about the N.I.E. report that concluded the Iraq war had spread Islamic radicalism, said intelligence could be faulty and sometimes ‘flat wrong.’ ”

  • Really!?!? How enlightening to hear that—three years after we went to war based on faulty and manipulated intelligence.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


  • Gen. John Batiste (Ret.)

    Retired Officers Blast Rumsfeld on Iraq

    At a Democratic Senate forum Monday, several former U.S. generals and colonels called the secretary of defense incompetent and negligent in his prosecution of the Iraq war. Above, Gen. John Batiste, a “lifelong Republican” who retired from the service “on principle,” accuses Rumsfeld of lying to the American people in order to bolster support for the war.
    (Let the Swift-Boating begin!)

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld and Murtha
    From Huffington Post

    Murtha Resolution: Rumsfeld Must Resign

    Rep. Jack Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran, has introduced a resolution calling for the resignation of the secretary of defense, “not only for his past mistakes, but for the future of the military,” he told CNN.

  • Read the actual resolution

  • Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Dealing With Rumsfeld the Weaselly Way

    The fledgling congressional movement to strip power from Rumsfeld and shift it to the U.S. generals in Iraq is nothing more than a ploy started by a politician afraid of losing his job.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Gen.: Rumsfeld Muzzled Postwar Plans

    Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, who retires in three weeks, said the Defense secretary threatened in 2003 to “fire the next person” who talked about the need for postwar planning for Iraq. Rumsfeld apparently knew such talk would create the perception that the U.S. would be there a long time.
    This is big: It’s a current Army general saying this—albeit one who’s about to retire. And it confirms what outsiders (like journalists) have been reporting for some time.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


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