‘Political & Politicians’ Archives
Why Bush, Cheney and the Neocons Failed to Protect America from al-Qaeda's Vicious Attacks By Walter Uhler Urgency about regime change in Iraq, rather than urgency about intelligence indicating an imminent al-Qaeda attack explains the failure of Bush, Cheney and the neocons to adequately prepare for 9/11. NYT: White House Didn't Stop 9/11 Because It Thought "Bin Laden Was Merely Pretending To Be Planning An Attack" By Washington's ... Full Story
Joining the Reality-Based Community Or How I Learned to Stop Loving the Bombs and Start Worrying By Jeremiah Goulka I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer. There’s an old joke we Republicans used to tell that goes something like this: “If you’re young and not a Democrat, you’re heartless. If you grow up and you’re not a ... Full Story
Is Obama a Socialist? By Tom Head, About.com Guide Answer: Not by any definition of the term that mainstream socialists would consider acceptable. It's true that both the Bush and Obama administrations introduced government subsidies in industries that the government has not historically subsidized to the same extent, but this is not, strictly speaking, a socialist move because it does nothing to concentrate power over the businesses in the ... Full Story
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Road Show with Senators, Brought to You by Pentagon Contractors By Anna Meier and Suzanne Dershowitz Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte hit the road this week in Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina to preach against looming Pentagon spending cuts. Call it the “Misinformation Road Show” brought to you by defense industry contractors. The trio of Republican senators are throwing out words like “devastating” and “draconian” to describe the potential ... Full Story
Romney's World View By Michael Brenner Mitt Romney's provocative remarks in Jerusalem this week on Palestine and Iran have focused attention on how he thinks about American foreign policy generally. Beyond the immediate controversy, there is fresh reason to puzzle as to who exactly the Republican presidential nominee is and who are the people he relies on for advice. For his reputation in the United States as a reserved, scripted candidate who strives to avoid impetuous ... Full Story
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Question Time: What Did Mitt Romney Learn During His Travels Abroad? By Joe Conason in the National Memo Now that Mitt Romney has returned home from his entertaining sojourn overseas, perhaps someone will ask him a few pertinent (and impertinent) questions about the countries he visited. While visiting England, Israel, and Poland, the Republican candidate delivered remarks on their economic and health systems that could – if subjected to factual analysis – serve to educate ... Full Story
Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age By Robert B. Reich The election of 2012 raises two perplexing questions. The first is how the GOP could put up someone for president who so brazenly epitomizes the excesses of casino capitalism that have nearly destroyed the economy and overwhelmed our democracy. The second is why the Democrats have failed to point this out. The White House has criticized Mitt Romney for his years at the helm of Bain Capital, pointing to a ... Full Story