Category Archives: George W. Bush

The FBI’s Minority Report

On Wednesday, the FBI arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old U.S. citizen from Ashland, west of Boston, on terrorism charges. The arrest came as a result of an undercover operation conducted by FBI agents posing as al-Qaeida terrorists. They provided Ferdaus … Continue reading

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Bring Them Home, But Not For War

Three to four million people are estimated to converge in Washington, D.C. on January 20th, 2009 to witness the momentous inauguration of Barak Hussein Obama as the 44th US president. Inauguration tickets, which are provided to members of the Senate … Continue reading

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From The Shoe Bomber To The Shoe Thrower: Bush’s Foreign Policy 101

  When Muntadar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi reporter for the Cairo-based network Al Baghdadia Television, during a press conference in Baghdad, hurled his shoes at George W. Bush, he nicely wrapped up the war in Iraq for the departing president, as … Continue reading

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AFRICOM’s Challenges

  AFRICOM, tasked to consolidate U.S. military responsibilities for all of Africa, excluding Egypt, which will remain a CENTCOM area of operation (AO), and with a 2009 budget in excess of $400 million dollars, is due to be operational October … Continue reading

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AN ARMY OF NONE

  Maliki’s crackdown on the Mehdi army to retake Basra has put to the test the Iraqi troops – more than 15,000 of them – British and U.S. military advisors qualified as battle ready. They were not. They were incompetent … Continue reading

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IRAQ WAR A “MAJOR DEBACLE”

A highly critical report written by Joseph Collins, a former senior Pentagon official, and published by the National Institute for Strategic studies, a Department of Defense research center, casts doubt on Bush’s prevision of a U.S. victory in Iraq calling … Continue reading

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“BUSH’S LAW” BY ERIC LICHTBLAU

Eric Lichtblau recently published a non-fiction book titled “Bush’s Law.” If you remember, Lichtblau is the New York Times journalist who exposed the secret domestic surveillance program the bush administration executed in violation of U.S. constitutional laws. The book recounts … Continue reading

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LIVE FROM BAGHDAD

I remember a time in Baghdad when the pungent smell of decomposing bodies was pervasive. Dead bodies littered the streets for days, even weeks before Iraqis dared to bury them. “We couldn’t come out, but we had to,” says Ja’ffar, … Continue reading

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DRAWING EVIL

I concede that there are a handful of detainees in Gitmo that are die-hard and unrepentant terrorists who deserve the unmitigated impact of the law. As I have indicated in a previous article, the majority of the detainees are innocent … Continue reading

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THE GET “MO” POLICY

The royal palm fronds, slowly swayed by the northeastern trade winds against the cloudless blue sky, seem to be untiringly dancing to the vibrant rhythms of the syncopated beat of the rumba. The vast turquoise sea, like a mulata drunk … Continue reading

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WE DO NOT TORTURE, BUT…

The defining element of Bush’s legacy will be his unflinching conviction that in order for his administration to effectively wage the war on terrorism, his executive powers must be unhindered by congressional opposition. His freedom to act should be absolute (never mind checks … Continue reading

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