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Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


Sadr City protest
AP / Karim Kadim

Sadr Delivers an Ultimatum to U.S.

Moqtada al-Sadr is back, issuing an ultimatum to American troops and contractors: Leave Iraq by the end of the year or he will revive his Mehdi Army and relaunch attacks on the United States’ post-withdrawal presence in the country.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE


What Can Obama Learn From Bush?

The Bush administration’s specific failures—in foreign and domestic policy and on matters related to civil liberties—are clear enough. Yet the deeper cause of the public’s disaffection goes beyond these specifics.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE



AP file photo

Confronting the Terrorist Within

The world is far more complex than our childish vision of good and evil. We as a nation and a culture have no monopoly on virtue. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when viewed from the receiving end, are state-sponsored acts of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE



collage: DoD / Flickr (Marcn)

What Do John McCain and Saddam Hussein Have in Common?

The answer is William Timmons, a lobbyist tapped by McCain to head his transition team. Timmons was connected to a lobbying effort on behalf of the Hussein regime, though he has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE



commons.wikimedia.org

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


Maliki and Ahmadinejad
AP photo / ISNA, Amir Kholusi

Military Action Against Iran ‘Would Destabilize Iraq’

Iraq will be plunged into a new war if Israel or the U.S. launches an attack on Iran, Iraqi leaders have warned. Iranian retaliation would take place in Iraq, said Dr. Mahmoud Othman, the influential Iraqi MP.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


Saddam photo
AP photo / Tony Nicoletti / pool

A Better Iraq? That’s What Saddam Said

The war is over for now in Sahar al-Jawari’s Baghdad neighborhood, but life is still a struggle. An American soldier encourages her not to be pessimistic, but it’s hard to look on the bright side while supporting a family by selling off your jewelry.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


feith

Douglas Feith Defends Bush on ‘Daily Show’

Is some of what we now consider common knowledge about the run-up to the Iraq war wrong—for example, that we were deceived about the U.S.‘s reasons for invading Iraq? Former Pentagon official Douglas Feith, who has been harshly criticized for his involvement in that process, thinks so—and he has a new book to make his point. Here he faces Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” audience to talk about it all.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Maliki
commons.wikimedia.org

Maliki Asks for a Pass

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked his neighbors to forgive his nation’s debts: “Iraq cannot alone shoulder the debt arising from the military adventures of (Saddam Hussein’s) regime.” Hey, he might be onto something there. Maybe the U.S. should take the same approach with China after Bush is gone.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Saddam Statue
The New York Times / James Hill

War Started With Lies, Continues With Lies

All governments lie in wartime, but American and British propaganda in Iraq over the past five years has been more untruthful than in any other conflict since the First World War.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and financial aides
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush’s Legacy of Failure

That idiotic “what, me worry?” look just never leaves the man’s visage. Once again there was our president, presiding over disasters in part of his making and totally on his watch, grinning with an aplomb that suggested a serious disconnect between his worldview and existing reality. 

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


George Piro
cbsnews.com

Saddam’s Interrogator Speaks

George Piro, the FBI agent who spent nearly seven months interrogating Saddam Hussein, tells “60 Minutes” that the late Iraqi leader didn’t think the U.S. would actually invade and didn’t deny having weapons of mass destruction in order to intimidate Iran. “He told me he initially miscalculated ... President Bush’s intentions,” Piro revealed in the interview, which airs this Sunday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


edwards
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Edwards Lays Out Aggressive Withdrawal Plan

When it comes to setting an exact timetable for withdrawing American forces from Iraq, some Democratic candidates are more forthcoming with the details than others.  Take John Edwards, for example, who told The New York Times about his ambitious plan to bring nearly all U.S. troops home within 10 months if he is elected president.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf and Bush
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Our Man in Pakistan

So, Musharraf, treated ever so respectfully by George Bush throughout his administration, has turned out to be just another crummy dictator.  But he was our dictator, kind of a modern, even westernized one who could stand up to all those bearded Islamic terrorists. Well, not exactly.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Lowers the Discourse

Historians may one day debate Rudy Giuliani’s recent preposterous comments at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. “Did he mean it?” they might ask. “Or was he just dehydrated?” While addressing voters, the candidate said that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were debating whether to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden to their inaugurations. But wait, there’s more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


BBC front page from 9/11
news.bbc.co.uk

Where Were You When ...

If you’re a Truthdig reader, chances are you’re also a BBC News reader. For 10 years now, the BBC has done an excellent job of bringing online news to the world. To celebrate, it has pulled together important online front pages from that period, ranging from the Clinton impeachment to 9/11 to the hanging of Saddam.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam statue
AP photo / Jerome Delay

‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Maclean's cover
Macleans.ca

Canadian Mag Calls Bush ‘The New Saddam’

Chances are pretty darn slim that this is President Bush’s favorite cover model moment: Canadian magazine Maclean’s whipped up quite a provocative picture for its latest cover story, which makes the claim that “a desperate Washington is reaching out to the late dictator’s henchmen.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Caspian Rain
macadamcage.com

‘Caspian Rain’

Truthdig is pleased to present these two excerpts from the novel “Caspian Rain” by Gina Nahai, best-selling author of “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith.”  In “Rain,” her fourth novel, Nahai explores Iran’s complex culture through the eyes of a group of memorable characters living in various sectors of society during the years leading up to the Islamic Revolution.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


Khamenei
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Iran’s Supreme Leader Blasts Bush

Providing a sharp retort to President Bush’s Iraq war update speech on Thursday, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei laid into Bush for his war policy and his administration’s aggressive stance toward Iran during Friday prayers, opining that Bush will be tried in an international court for his part in the Iraq debacle.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam on TV
(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The Trial of Saddam Hussein We Never Saw

Saddam Hussein was a ruthless tyrant, but he had help from his friends, including powerful world leaders and wealthy businessmen. Former “60 Minutes” producer and “Web of Deceit” author Barry Lando wonders what embarrassing revelations might have emerged had Saddam’s trial—and those of his associates—been more interested in truth than execution.

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE


bushlincoln
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Mission Impossible

Four years ago, President Bush delivered his now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, declaring that military aggression was a successful and appropriate response to the alleged threats posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime.  Judging by the current situation, Bush might do well to pick a new slogan about the war in Iraq.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


cheney
democraticunderground.com

Iraq Report Pokes Holes in Cheney’s Script

Exhibiting either extreme administrative loyalty or just plain denial, Vice President Dick Cheney reiterated that there was a definite link between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Thursday—the same day a newly released Defense Department report cast further doubt on that connection.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam Statue
wikipedia.org

Arab War Supporters Unhappy With Outcome

Many in the Arab media who supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein—and sometimes braved death threats to do so—now feel betrayed by the incompetent policy that followed: “It’s a success story for al-Qaeda, a success story for autocratic Arab regimes that made democracy look ugly in their people’s eyes.”

Posted on Jan 22, 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


Young Saddam Hussein

The Life and Death of a 40-Year CIA Asset

This quick, brutally ironic movie reminds us that America was for Saddam long before we were against him. What’s more, we were apparently for his invasion of Kuwait before we were against it.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Allies Condemn Saddam Hanging

Adding to a growing chorus of disapproval emanating from Europe, Tony Blair’s official spokesman has said Saddam Hussein’s execution “shouldn’t have happened in that way.” Earlier, Gordon Brown, the man widely expected to be Britain’s next prime minister, said the hanging was “completely unacceptable,” calling it a “deplorable set of events.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Hanging by a Thread

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Posted on Jan 4, 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


Saddam
news.bbc.co.uk

Saddam the Gardener

Saddam Hussein’s American nurse, in an interview with his hometown paper, revealed what life was like for the former dictator during his last years. He would save scraps from his meals for birds, tend to a patch of weeds and once asked why the U.S. had invaded, saying: “The laws in Iraq were fair and the weapons inspectors didn’t find anything.”

Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Alas Poor Saddam

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Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE    


Bush and Saddam
Left: sattlers.org / right: theepochtimes.com

Something to Remember Him By

Saddam Hussein may be gone, but President Bush still has a souvenir he uses to titillate special guests: the pistol Saddam was carrying when he was captured. Like a child showing off his favorite toy, the president has been known to beam with delight when guests view the mounted weapon, which is held in the Oval Office.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a “Saturday Night Live” parody of Middle Eastern children’s television; a Media Matters collection of the most outrageous right-wing comments of 2006; and Jon Stewart’s take on Bush’s latest Iraq lunacy.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 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


Saddam
abc.net.au

Saddam Executed, Says Iraqi TV

The former dictator was executed by hanging just before 6 a.m. local time in Baghdad.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


No Delay for Saddam Execution

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said early Friday there will be “no review or delay” of Saddam Hussein’s execution. However, confusion abounds as to the timing of the sentence.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Saddam and Osama

Saddam and Osama’s Wacky Adventures

This “Saturday Night Live” parody of Middle Eastern children’s television nails the cultural disconnect at the heart of America’s adventure in Iraq. Don’t miss the brilliant satirical commercials in this episode of “Saddam and Osama.” (h/t: Iraq Slogger)

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Hussein Death Penalty Upheld

It’s possible that even greater shame awaits the U.S. in 2007, apparently as early as next month. From the NYT: “An Iraqi appeals court today upheld a death sentence for Saddam Hussein in a decision that clears the way for his execution within 30 days, Iraqi officials said.”

Posted on Dec 26, 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


Pinochet and Hussein
Left: chile-erleben.de / Right: aftonbladet.se

A Tale of Two Tyrants

Agusto Pinochet’s death and the looming execution of Saddam Hussein inspires former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando to compare and contrast two of America’s favorite dictators.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Saddam Hussein
AP / Scott Nelson

Saddam Hussein Sentenced to Death

Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity.  Reactions to the verdict illustrate the sectarian divisions that have become so familiar in Iraq, with celebrations erupting in Shiite and Kurdish areas while some Sunni neighborhoods turned to violent protest.

  • Truthdig classic: Juan Cole on Saddam’s trial

  • Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Kangaroo Selected as New Hussein Judge

    The political satirist reports on the brouhaha surrounding an unconventional choice to hold sway over the dictator’s trial.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Just Another Measly Bombshell Report

    A Senate report on prewar intelligence has concluded that there was no evidence Saddam had ties with Al Qaeda. This is yet another confirmation of what we all, sadly, already know—not only about the realities of Mideast tyrants, but about the realities of liars in the Bush administration. Also, there are new tidbits inside.

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Suri Cruise
    From Vanity Fair

    Just a Friendly Reminder…

    Forty-six percent of Americans still believe there was a connection between Saddam and 9/11. The good news? That number is down from 69% since September 2003. (via Salon)

  • At this rate, the truth will become common knowledge around the same time Suri Cruise, above, graduates from college.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


  • Hiroo Onoda
    From damninteresting.com

    Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq had WMD

    With a July 21 poll revealing that half the country still thinks Iraq had WMD, the Associated Press asks several experts why this myth persists. One answer: people tend to become “independent of reality.”
    This is not without historical precendent. Pictured above is Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese army officer who was stationed on a Phillipines island at the end of World War II and who kept on fighting until 1974 because no one told him the war had ended.

    Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Saddam’s Trial to Continue on Mars

    The political satirist writes that launching Hussein into space will achieve two of President Bush’s oft-stated goals: bringing the Iraqi to justice and landing a man on Mars.

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Vanity Fair cover
    From Vanity Fair

    Vanity Fair: Niger Yellowcake Forgery May Have White House Ties

    Vanity Fair’s Craig Unger reports that the Italian Secret Service likely concocted the Saddam-Niger forgery to bolster Bush’s case for war. The article raises questions about the involvement of a prominent White House-connected neocon in the “black ops” campaign.

    Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


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