Heather Cox Richardson has a gift for seeing the connections in American history—for synthesizing a picture that makes sense out of a broad range of elements. She integrates larger economic and cultural developments with the experience of men and women at all levels of society, as well as the decisions and conflicts of policymakers and power brokers. She demonstrated her powers as a writer and historian brilliantly in her books West from Appomattox and Wounded Knee, and does so again in her brilliant To Make Men Free.
|By: T. J. Stiles Sunday October 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:30 am|
So about that leaving Afghanistan by 2015 plan? Not so much. The US has now secured a new status of forces agreement that will keep the war going in Afghanistan indefinitely. Of course, given the US is back in Iraq after losing a status of forces agreement maybe these agreements are mostly symbolic anyway. If so, the symbolism could not clearer – the US has taken up permanent residence in Afghanistan.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday September 25, 2014 2:02 pm|
Sales figures prove what many already feared: worldwide acceptance of the United States’ new album, “We Will Bomb You, Because” has fallen through the floor.
“Dude, I grew up on the classic U.S. sound, you remember, democracy, equality, promotion of freedom. My favorite was ‘The Peace Corps,’ but ‘We Won’t Invade You This Month’ got me through some rough times in college. But this new stuff, meh,” said one long-time fan, sweeping aside his gray ponytail.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 13, 2014 9:20 am|
CIA Director John “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Overseers” Brennan and Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (i.e., the aforementioned “Stinkin’ Overseers”) have been having a nasty little spat, revolving around both the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique, and also the CIA’s spying on SSCI staffers who are trying to investigate and report on the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique. This past week has given us a few new developments, with Feinstein saying that the report will be out by the end of the month.
Lucy’s holding the football again, but will Charlie Brown finally get to kick it? There’s reason to hope that he just might . . .
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 11, 2014 6:51 am|
The neoconservative foreign policy doctrine advanced by officials in President George W. Bush’s administration was defined by the ideological belief that America has a “unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity and our principles.” In other words, America is the one indispensable nation in the world. That ideological belief inspired the Bush administration to manufacture a case for war in Iraq that was based on lies. And now, more than eleven years later, that same ideological belief is driving President Barack Obama’s administration.
In Obama’s speech announcing his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he invoked the September 11th attacks and the economic recession.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday September 6, 2014 2:10 pm|
The Justice Department released two memos on the authorization of warrantless wiretapping, as part of the top secret program, Stellar Wind. The memos were created during President George W. Bush’s administration and contain the “legal justification” for electronic surveillance without a warrant. However, one of the me was previously provided with significant redactions to the ACLU in March 2011. It remains heavily censored.
The memo was written by former Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) head and lawyer, Jack Goldsmith, and is dated May 6, 2004.
As ACLU staff attorney Patrick Toomey told The Washington Post, “What these memos show is that nearly three years after President Bush authorized the warrantless wiretapping of Americans’ emails and phone calls, government lawyers were still struggling to put the program on sound legal footing.”
|By: DSWright Friday July 11, 2014 12:28 pm|
In America today no good deed goes unpunished nor bad deed unrewarded. One of the co-authors of the notorious “Torture Memos”, John Yoo, has been awarded an endowed faculty chair at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Apparently undermining the US Constitution and the rule of law by justifying torture was such an achievement that Yoo warranted special recognition.
|By: DSWright Monday June 30, 2014 6:45 am|
The Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS) has renamed itself the “Islamic State” and claims to have established a caliphate in parts of what are still recognized as Syria and Iraq under international law. The Islamic State says they expect all Muslims to recognize and respect their authority. The consequence for not accepting said authority is death.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday June 13, 2014 9:14 am|
The events unfolding now in Iraq are inevitable. They are the latest iteration of all the good we failed to do from day one of America’s ill-fated invasion in 2003.
|By: DSWright Monday May 5, 2014 10:57 am|
Though it may be in vogue among elite media to try and rehabilitate Bush era disgraces, Rutgers University students and faculty decided they would rather maintain their integrity than soil their hands with the blood and corruption of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.