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America’s Twenty-Five-Year Fiasco In Iraq

Twenty-five years ago this week, on February 24, 1991, the first United States ground invasion of Iraq began. The first Bush administration had clear UN and congressional mandates to liberate Kuwait. More than thirty countries contributed ground forces, and the Soviet Union was a critical diplomatic partner.

Read Here – National Interest

The Boom And Bust Of The CIA’s Secret Torture Sites

In spring 2003 an unnamed official at CIA headquarters in Langley sat down to compose a memo. It was 18 months after George W Bush had declared war on terror. “We cannot have enough blacksite hosts,” the official wrote. The reference was to one of the most closely guarded secrets of that war – the countries that had agreed to host the CIA’s covert prison sites.

Read Here – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Never Ending War On Terror

Over the past month, two members of the Obama administration have made public statements regarding different aspects of America’s ongoing “war on terror.” The second has (understandably) received much more public attention than the first, but the first says something more important about the ultimate course of that long struggle.

Read Here – The National Interest

Who Is Jeb Bush?

When people say that Jeb Bush has a name problem, they often mean that he has a foreign-policy problem—his association with his older brother’s much-maligned stewardship of global affairs.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Oops…Watch Out For Those Taxes

Between 2008 and 2012, several of the developed world‘s most fiscally challenged nations (including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain) increased top personal income tax rates by an average of 8%. In the United States, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts pushed the highest federal income tax bracket to 39.6% from 35%.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

Obama’s Debranding Of “War On Terror”

On June 8, Juan Cole, one of the few true Middle East experts in the US, posted a short entry on hisInformed Comment blog. The title said it all: “We misunderstood Barack: He only wanted the domestic surveillance to be made legal, not to end it”. But domestic surveillance was far from the only Bush policy that Obama has wanted to continue, despite giving supporters the opposite impression. The continued – if reduced – use of indefinite detention is one example, the continued – vastly expanded – use of drones is another, and underlying them all is the continued self-defeating policy of fighting a global “war on terrorism” – but debranding it, because the term “war on terror” has become toxic, and renaming it makes it harder to oppose, writes Paul Rosenberg.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

What Is George Bush’s Legacy?

George W. Bush, who united almost all Republicans during most of his time in national politics, now divides them. Most Republicans view his presidency favorably, and cheer his recent rise in the public’s esteem. A vocal group of conservatives, though, thinks of the Bush presidency as a wrong turn — a turn toward big government that the party needs to repudiate. The dedication of Bush’s presidential library last week reheated this long-simmering debate, which the party is no closer to settling than it was when Bush left office in January 2009.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Judging George W. Bush

George W. Bush’s low standing among academics reflects, in part, the rise of partisan scholarship: the use of history as ideology and as a political weapon, which means the corruption of history as history. Bush may not have been a great president; he may even be considered an average or below-average president, but he and — more important — the nation deserve better than this partisan rush to judgment.

Read Here – Washington Post

Does Obama Want War With Iran?

First, and most importantly, while Obama seems willing to go to war with Iran, if he feels he must, he appears far from eager to do so. When George W. Bush talked about finding a peaceful solution to America’s stand-off with Iraq, one that would not involve regime change or the use of force, it ought to have been clear to any rational observer that he did not mean it. Bush’s body language in front of the microphone, and his actions away from it, belied his true intentions.

Read Here – Gulf News

The Iraq Red Team

Seventeen months before George W. Bush announced that he was sending five additional brigades to Iraq for the 2007 “surge,” a team of officers and civilian analysts gathered in Baghdad to conduct a classified review of America‘s military strategy in Iraq. In a June 2005 speech at Fort Bragg, President Bush had told the nation that the Iraq war was difficult, but winnable. “Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down,” Bush said. “We have made progress, but we have a lot more work to do.”

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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