Tag Archives: George W. Bush

Looking Backward in the Year 2011

by matttbastard Der Spiegel runs down W’s “tragic legacy” in the long, long, looooong decade of U.S. decline that followed 9/11: America was trapped in Iraq for years, where a victory was a long time coming and was never a … Continue reading

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Fun With Infographics (STILL Worst Preznit EVA)

by matttbastard Michael Tomasky: The Boston Globe ran a chart last Sunday that I’d buy billboard space to reproduce in every decent-size city in America, if I were running the Democratic National Committee. The premise of it was very simple: It … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences, Redux

by matttbastard (Photo: Paul Keller, Flickr) Jane Mayer on the sudden prominence of ex-W speechwriter (and current Hiatt-approved pro-torture propagandist*) Marc Thiessen and why those who don’t pop wood for enhanced interrogation [sic] should be wary: The publication of “Courting Disaster” suggests that Obama’s avowed … Continue reading

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Cynical Calculations

by matttbastard Cosign with Thomas H. Johnson and M. Chris Mason, who incisively and cooly slice away the bullshit surrounding Obama’s Afghanistan escalation: Obama’s new “strategy” is no strategy at all. It is a cynical and politically motivated rehash of … Continue reading

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Panetta: “CIA pays a price for enduring disputes over policies that no longer exist.”

by matttbastard Shorter Leon Panetta: ‘Hey, remember all that shit I talked last year about how “[w]e either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don’t. … Continue reading

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Timing is Everything?

by matttbastard Wonder if the following has been cited elsewhere as a possible (partial) explanation for Obama’s recent 180 on releasing the torture photos? Der Spiegel: The president took his decision under the pressure of time. Had he not acted, … Continue reading

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Don’t Go Back to the Bunker Just Yet, Dick!

by matttbastard From Dan Balz’s latest WaPo piece on GOP discomfort with Dick Cheney’s recent media ubiquity: Liz Cheney strongly disagreed with the claim that her father’s vocal defense of Bush administration policies has caused significant unrest within the GOP. … Continue reading

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Torture Architect John Yoo Gets Monthly Column in Philly Inquirer

by matttbastard Um, wha? John Yoo has written freelance commentaries for The Inquirer since 2005, however he entered into a contract to write a monthly column in late 2008. I won’t discuss the compensation of anyone who writes for us. Of … Continue reading

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Torture, Accountability and the Faux-Absolution of Collective Guilt

by matttbastard In a must-read post, Dan Froomkin takes on recent attempts by OG ‘eventheliberal’ Michael Kinsley and pseudo-contrarian Slate guru Jacob Weisberg to whitewash the Bush Admin’s torture record by arguing that “the nation’s collective guilt for torture is … Continue reading

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Losing My Religion

by matttbastard Three must-reads on the consequences of embracing torture as official US policy at the expense of long-established (if not always consistently applied) American values. Glenn Greenwald: It’s certainly true that Reagan, like most leaders, regularly violated the principles … Continue reading

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