We live in the America Bush Jr created, a break with our past.

Mt Rushmore as it will be, with President Bush

Summary: Dazzled by Nobel Peace Prize President Hope and Change, people (including historians and political scientists) and have only slowly recognized that Obama has largely continued the policies of his greater predecessor -- a man who truly changed the course of American history. Until we understand our past we cannot effectively cope with our future. … Continue reading We live in the America Bush Jr created, a break with our past.

Our leaders justify torture in ways that justify its future use on their foes (including Americans)

Summary:  On Friday I said that we would torture again., despite the evidence in the Senate's report.  This weekend former and current high officials of the US government confirmed that guess. Defenders of torture dispute the evidence, deny that torture was torture, and offer bold affirmations that they would torture again. For I doubt not … Continue reading Our leaders justify torture in ways that justify its future use on their foes (including Americans)

A new story about a possible war with Iran

"White House denies Iran attack report", Jerusalem Post  (20 May 2008) -- Excerpt: The White House on Tuesday flatly denied an Army Radio report that claimed US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term. It said that while the military option had not been taken off the table, … Continue reading A new story about a possible war with Iran

What should we do in Iraq?

Summary:  This is part 2 in a series looking at the Iraq War. Advice from past to the present. Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. --- Advice from Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith in a letter to President Kennedy, dated 2 March 1962, printed in Galbraith’s Ambassador's … Continue reading What should we do in Iraq?