Former President George W. Bush says if he had do it all over again he would still invade Iraq. His only regret is that due to his actions he created a vacuum that allowed ISIS to rise to power – a group he referred to as “Al-Qaeda plus.” Left out were the thousands of American casualties and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties as well as exacerbating sectarian problems in the Middle East.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 11, 2014 2:25 pm|
I don’t know how a leader of a country without a powerful ally could look at the last few years and decide giving up their WMDs was in their best interest.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 18, 2013 10:20 am|
Fareed Zakaria asked neoconservative hawk and former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz whether the Iraq war was “worth the price in American lives and treasure.” Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Cotton, who “went from the battlefields of Iraq to the halls of Congress” were on CNN to answer whether the price of war was “worth it” to America. Numerous headlines for news stories or op-eds reflecting on the ten-year anniversary are framed in terms of costs versus benefits for America.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 20, 2012 8:00 pm|
Given the landscape of the Sunday morning talk shows and the obvious awkwardness of the moment, it is a bit chuckle-inducing that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre chose, of all people, that journalistic pit bull David Gregory from the liberal NBC for his “exclusive interview,” rather than, say, Chris Wallace on Fox. Gregory, naturally, isn’t the least bit embarrassed, but instead has taken to twitter like a schoolgirl, asking hither and yon, “What should I ask him?” Too bad he doesn’t try this novel approach each week; the results could hardly be worse.
But you really have to set your drink down when LaPierre says, in advance, that he wants to focus on “mental health,” which is kind of like Saddam Hussein saying he wants to share decorating tips. No sentient being on earth would give a rat’s ass what either of these two have to say on their chosen topics except, well, David Gregory.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 11, 2012 8:50 am|
Today is the day in our quadrennial orgy of political campaigning where the two sides lay down their arms and grow silent in commemoration of 9/11. Ads get pulled, candidates lay wreaths, the military gets praised. Therefore, it took serious guts for the New York Times to publish an op-ed from Kurt Eichenwald, based on his reporting for a book called “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars,” which shows the extent to which the Bush Administration simply ignored warnings about an impending attack from Al Qaeda.
|By: Blue Texan Friday May 6, 2011 10:30 am|
Right-wingers are gleefully passing this video around this morning, thinking that Rice got the better of O’Donnell. But since roughly two-thirds of the country disagrees with Rice and thinks the Iraq war was a mistake, few outside the wingosphere will agree
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday April 17, 2011 9:30 am|
Political autobiographies and memoirs have become just another item on the campaign must-do list, like direct mail, kissing babies and rubber chicken dinners with suckers-who-would-be-donors. The lives they depict are, of course, highly redacted. So even if there was something about a bear in the past it’s unlikely to make it into an American politician’s book.
|By: Tim Shorrock Saturday March 12, 2011 1:59 pm|
Patrick G. Eddington is a rarity in Washington these days: an intelligence officer with a conscience. His book, Long Strange Journey, is a riveting account of how he became a whistle-blower at the CIA and exposed how his own agency and the Department of Defense for years covered up the truth about “Gulf War Syndrome” – the exposure of U.S. troops in Iraq to chemical weapons used by Saddam Hussein during the First Gulf War. It also provided a detailed account of what it means to be an imagery analyst in the US intelligence community and how imagery is (and should be) used on battlefields to assist US soldiers and commanders.
|By: GregoriusU Monday August 23, 2010 7:15 pm|
To say all the combat troops are out of Iraq is just an accounting trick…
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday July 3, 2010 2:00 pm|
Barry Eisler’s new novel, Inside Out, is a spy thriller that takes off from the past years’ headlines about missing CIA torture tapes. But it is something even more: it is one of the most politically astute novels of our generation. No other work of fiction has pointedly posed the alternatives for those who would seek political change in the United States in the 21st century. And what are the possibilities in a system where conspiracy is impossible because “everyone is complicit”? Political nihilism, revolutionary adventurism, martyrdom, or subornation by the Establishment.