Rich Gardner | 08.28.2011
'Fraid to say that the sympathy I have for Dubya being hoodwinked by Vice could barely fill a thimble.
Should we feel any sympathy for former President George W. Bush?
By that time, W. had belatedly realized that Cheney was a crank whose bad advice and disdainful rants against “the diplomatic path” and “multilateral action” had pretty much ruined his presidency.
There were few times before the bitter end that W. was willing to stand up to Vice.
Rich Gardner | 02.14.2011
Today, Charles Krauthammer attempts to assign some credit for the Egyptian Revolution to G.W. Bush.
This is incorrect.
In 1984, Ed Herman, a professor from the University of Pennsylvania, wrote a book called “Demonstration Elections” where he showed that the elections in South Vietnam after the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem were not essentially distinguishable from the elections in Eastern Europe that were undertaken while those countries were under occupation from the Soviet Union's Red Army.
Rich Gardner | 12.05.2010
The WaPo runs interference for Bush's autobiographical book.
The WaPo uses an interesting phrase that I'm not sure actually means anything in the context in which it's used. In talking about the WaPo's reaction to the movie "Fair Game," they say:
Rich Gardner | 11.27.2010
A review of Bush's autobiographical book on his presidency and the serious issues it brings up for Americans in general and for the press corps in particular.
Dan Froomkin, one of the better critics of G.W. Bush during those dark years when he was in office, focuses on two particular items that Bush addresses in his memoir: The "decision" to go to war against Iraq and the decision to torture detainees. I was especially amused by one part of the decision on torture from another Froomkin piece on June 2009:
(Further evidence of lying)
"Comey describes how he and some of his colleagues had 'grave reservations' about the legal analyses being concocted for Cheney. And he accurately predicts that Cheney and other White House officials would later point the finger at the Justice Department during the investigations that would inevitably ensue once the administration's actions were made public.
“Indeed, in one e-mail, Comey describes an exchange with Ted Ullyot, then Gonzales's chief of staff: 'I told him that the people who were applying pressure now would not be there when the s--- hit the fan. Rather, they would simply say they had only asked for an opinion.' "
And in Bush's justification for ordering torture:
Rich Gardner | 05.22.2008
Bush Administration seems to have major problems conducting any sort of diplomacy. Some thoughts as to why.
"Two Audiences, Two Speeches" May 19
Rich Gardner | 04.28.2008
So just what exactly DID either the Bush Administration or the press corps accomplish over the past 7+ years?
Several years back, I heard about a high school girls cross-country track team. For a reason I forget, it didn't have much in the way of leadership for a whole school year.