War and the Imperial Presidency

On Tuesday, Rachel Maddow led off her show with a brilliant, 22-minute rant against the return of all the failed Iraq war architects and cheerleaders to the nation's airwaves, now that Iraq is once again descending into visible chaos (apologies for the ad; I can't edit the MSNBC footage out): The entire thing is worth a watch if you were awake during the 2002-2005 era, since it truly is...

US, UK Made Use of Uzbek Torture

Via the Real News Network comes a visceral reminder of just how out-of-whack was our foreign policy towards other countries regarding the "war-on-terror" was during the Bush administration. Remember how the arguments for war against Iraq evolved over time? By the time the invasion had happened - and certainly by the time that it became clear WMD were never going to be found in Iraq except for...

Conservative Economist Bruce Bartlett Gets It EXACTLY Right

In regard to the "spontaneous, grassroots" teabagger movement, and conservatives in general, in The Daily Beast: Sample quotes, then more after the jump: Until conservatives once again hold Republicans to the same standard they hold Democrats, they will have no credibility and deserve no respect. I think conservative anger is misplaced. To a large extent, Obama is only cleaning up messes created...

Richard Clarke Calls B.S. On Cheney And Rice

Richard Clarke calls B.S. on Cheney and Rice's mendacity and incompetence, in a Washington Post editorial. It is long overdue, and utterly devastating. Rice and Cheney have, for at least six weeks now, been spreading the most pernicious sort of post-hoc defense of their actions from waterboarding to invading Iraq. They've been claiming repeatedly that not only did the trauma of 9/11 require them...