The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist is now a venerated celebrity throughout the Mideast, and his words to the president—“this is the farewell kiss, you dog”—will stand as the enduring epitaph in the region on Bush’s folly, which is the reality of his claimed legacy of success in the war on terror.
In naming retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as veterans affairs secretary, President-elect Barack Obama made what may be the most politically and morally significant choice of his transition.
In what will be the Pentagon's first war crimes trial since World War II, the U.S. will go forward Monday in trying Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Unknown still is the trial date for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the rest of the government cabal that also may have committed war crimes.
The Center for Public Integrity has launched a new Web site that documents some of the 935 "false statements" that George W. Bush and his seven hawks made while pushing war with Iraq. The site endeavors to show that this wasn't a case of just getting it wrong, but "a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation."
Truthdig tips its hat this week to Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, whose 2004 report about prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was damningly thorough and truthful -- and who thus found himself contradicted and chastised by Pentagon and Bush administration officials for doing his job right.
Now that Paul Wolfowitz has resigned his post at the top of the World Bank -- blaming the media for his ultimate downfall -- President Bush has found his successor in former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who will take over as bank president at the end of June.
The satirist jokes that George W. Bush, recognizing Paul Wolfowitz's uncanny ability to blow it, has decided to appoint the former Iraq war salesman and World Bank scandal magnet as the president of al-Qaida.