Tag: George W. Bush

George W. Bush Seemed To Make Some Thinly Veiled References To Jan. 6 And Rightwing Extremism In His 9/11 Memorial Speech

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and to commemorate the occasion, former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama made appearances at public ceremonies. Bush, who was in his first year in office at the time, spoke at both Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Ground Zero in New York City. And in […]

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Now It Gets Serious: Whom Will the Democrats Tax, and How Much?

But Norquist predicted that in the end something will pass. “Well, the D’s will pass something, they’ll pass some tax bill, some spending bill,” Norquist said. “The question is what’s the spending number? And Manchin gets to be part of that negotiation, so not $3.5.” During the Ways & Means markup on Thursday, Republican committee […]

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Now It Gets Serious: Whom Will the Democrats Tax, and How Much?

But Norquist predicted that in the end something will pass. “Well, the D’s will pass something, they’ll pass some tax bill, some spending bill,” Norquist said. “The question is what’s the spending number? And Manchin gets to be part of that negotiation, so not $3.5.” During the Ways & Means markup on Thursday, Republican committee […]

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Donald Trump Will Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11 by Providing Ringside Commentary for Evander Holyfield Fight

Donald Trump Will Commemorate 9/11 by Providing Ringside Commentary for Evander Holyfield Fight G/O Media may get a commission For those wondering what other former presidents—you know, the ones who actually give a shit about the impact of 9/11 on American citizens—will be up to, CBS News reports the following: On the same day, meanwhile, […]

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The Media Is Blowing the Afghanistan Story—Again

As the American withdrawal from Afghanistan accelerated toward catastrophe—the Taliban sweeping across the country, tens of thousands of Afghans desperately trying to exit the country, an unknown number of Americans not evacuated—a media narrative rapidly crystallized. Here, at long last, was not just the first true crisis of the Biden administration, but an epochal failure: […]

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Twenty Years After 9/11, Are We Any Smarter?

The bipartisan front has benefits. In June, Congress passed a sweeping bill providing $250 billion in funding for technology research and manufacturing, hoping to bolster America’s ability to compete with China. “There is a surprising degree of agreement between, let’s call it the Trump tribe, and the internationalist tribe,” said Joseph Nye, pointing to this […]

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The Afghanistan War Was Founded on Lies. Some People Are Still Telling Them.

From its inception in 2001 to its ignominious end, the U.S. war in Afghanistan has been defined by lies. It was a lie when, in 2001, President George W. Bush told service members that “your mission is defined, your objectives are clear…. We will not fail.” It was a lie when President Barack Obama proclaimed […]

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Afghanistan Is a Disaster. But It Was Always Going to Be.

Part of me still wishes we’d done more. But what would it have accomplished? I can’t honestly say. No one can. The lesson of the post-9/11 era is that American power has limits—very severe limits at that. We can’t remake the world. We couldn’t remake one relatively small country. The post-Vietnam era should have left […]

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The End of the Four-Year Presidency—for Democrats, Anyway

The result, for Clinton and Obama, was that they became two-year presidents. Clinton lost his chance to reform health care, was pronounced by Time magazine the Incredible Shrinking President, and ended up making the groveling declaration that “the era of big government is over.” Because he was a brilliant politician, Clinton for the next six […]

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The Only Thing Worse Than Leaving Afghanistan? Staying.

Irony alert: That adamant critic of nation-building was none other than George W. Bush, in a 2000 debate with Al Gore. As president, Bush fell under the sway of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld—and, well, we all know the rest of the story. But Afghanistan was always a sideshow under Bush, even though the invasion […]

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Democracy Promotion Doesn’t Work Anymore

President George W. Bush had little interest in multilateralism, but the idea of uniting democracies remained alive in Democratic circles. In 2004, two veterans of the Clinton administration’s National Security Council, Ivo Daalder and James M. Lindsay, suggested an “Alliance of Democracies.” “The main security threats in today’s world come from internal developments within states […]

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Reps. Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley Sleep Outside the U.S. Capitol to Protest End of Pandemic Eviction Freeze

According to CBS News, the trio’s decision to camp out in front of the Capitol came after Bush sent out a letter to her colleagues in Congress urging them not to leave for August recess until the moratorium was extended and recalling her own experiences with homelessness. “I have been evicted three times myself. I […]

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White People vs. Everybody

Supporters react as former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021Photo: Andy Jacobsohn (Getty Images) Although the National Football League claims to have 32 franchises—all those logos, mascots and jerseys really mean nothing. When it comes down to it, there are only two […]

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DOJ Wants Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuits Over Trump Forcibly Removing Peaceful Protesters for Bible Photo-Op

Photo: Brendan Smialowski (Getty Images) So… Do y’all remember the time when ex-y’all’s-president had flash-bang and rubber bullet-wielding police officers forcibly remove peaceful protesters from Wahington D.C.’s Lafayette Square last June so that he could take an awkward photo holding a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, which never invited his ass there […]

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‘They Could Say Whatever They Wanted’: Michelle Obama’s Secret Service Couldn’t Protect Her From Racist ‘Hecklers’

Former First Lady Michelle Obama talks to the audience at the Reach Higher Initiative Beating the Odds Summit to support first-generation college-bound students on June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.Photo: Shannon Finney If you thought the onslaught of racist vitriol directed at former first lady Michelle Obama was difficult to read and hear about, imagine […]

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