Forty-third President of the United States
George W. Bush

George Walker Bush (born 6 July 1946) is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was also the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.


A Collapsing Presidency, by Paul Craig Roberts, 20 Mar 2006
"Neocons do not believe in the US Constitution, civil liberties, the separation of powers ... According to published reports, President Bush described the Constitution as 'a scrap of paper.' Bush's attorney general, vice president, and secretary of defense ..., in violation of their oath of office, have openly declared that Bush, as commander-in-chief, is above the law."
A Democratic Dictatorship, by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom, May 2006
"Bush is effectively interpreting it to mean that Congress granted him what the German Enabling Act granted Hitler — the power to override constitutional protections of civil liberties. ... There is no merit whatsoever ... to Bush's argument that the Constitution grants omnipotent powers to a president when he puts on the helmet of a military commander in chief."
Related Topics: Democracy, Terrorism
Americans Have Lost Their Country, by Paul Craig Roberts, 1 Mar 2007
Discusses the neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration and the rationale for their actions furthering wars in the Middle East
"Bush accuses Iran of arming the Iraqi insurgents, a charge that experts regard as improbable. The Iraqi insurgents are Sunni. ... Bush's accusation requires us to believe that Iran is arming the enemies of its allies. On the basis of this absurd accusation – a pure invention – Bush has ordered a heavy concentration of aircraft carrier attack forces off Iran's coast, and he has moved US attack planes to Turkish bases and other US bases in countries contingent to Iran."
An Empire Built of Paper, by Lew Rockwell, The American Conservative, 27 Mar 2006
A review of Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis (2006) by William Bonner and Addison Wiggin
"Today? The president moves about like Caesar Augustus, with a vast, graded court ... When Bush visited Ottawa, members of Parliament were refused entry into their own legislature by the massed power of the Secret Service, in violation of Canadian law. When Bush visited London, 5,000 additional police were assigned to protect him. Parks and streets and neighborhoods were closed. Riflemen thronged the roofs. The queen was horrified by the trashed condition of the grounds and great rooms of Buckingham Palace, but that meant nothing relative to the security of the emperor."
A Nightmare in Iraq, by Sheldon Richman, 24 Sep 2003
Examines the situation in Iraq six months after the March 2003 invasion, including the Bush administration reportedly "considering using Israel as a model for managing an occupied people"
"The situation is all the more pathetic now that the administration is begging UN members to help fund and man the occupation. (Didn't Bush predict UN irrelevancy if it didn't authorize war?) ... it is clear that President Bush's efforts are mainly designed to take domestic pressure off himself and his reelection campaign. Perhaps if someone other than Americans is being killed and wounded by the resentful populace, and if someone other than the American taxpayers is being hit up for the bill, things won't look so bad for the president. I doubt that the Bush gambit will succeed."
Related Topics: Iraq War (2003), Israel
Assault Weapons and Assaults on the Constitution, by Ron Paul, Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk, 22 Apr 2003
Comments on the Bush administration support for reauthorization of the 1994 assault weapons ban
"The Bush administration recently surprised and angered many pro-gun conservatives by announcing its support for an assault weapons ban passed in 1994. ... A spokesman for the administration stated flatly that the President 'supports the current law, and he supports reauthorization of the current law.' Perhaps this should have surprised no one. President Bush already stated his support for the ban during the 2000 campaign. The irony is that he did so even as the Democratic Party was abandoning gun control as a losing issue."
Beginning of the end of America: Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment, by Keith Olbermann, 18 Oct 2006
Transcript and video of the show segment
"Habeas corpus? Gone. The Geneva Conventions? Optional. The moral force we shined outwards to the world as an eternal beacon, and inwards at ourselves as an eternal protection? Snuffed out. These things you have done, Mr. Bush, they would be 'the beginning of the end of America.'"
Related Topic: Writ of Habeas Corpus
Big-Spending Republicans Can Learn from Ireland's Reforms, by Benjamin Powell, 17 Sep 2003
Contrasts U.S. government spending in the 1990's and early 2000's with the approach taken in Ireland from the late 1980's
"Spending has actually increased more rapidly under Bush than it did under Clinton. Total real discretionary outlays during Bush's first three years have increased 23.8 percent. ... Two departments that were on the original 1995 list of 'unnecessary federal agencies,' the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce, have seen their budgets increase by 60.8 percent and 9.6 percent respectively during Bush's first three years."
Bush Broke the Law, by Charley Reese, 31 Jan 2006
"... the president appears to have violated both the law and the Constitution. A recent Zogby poll revealed that 52 percent of Americans think that if this is proven to be true, then the president should be impeached. This is a most serious issue. It goes to the question, Is the president above the law?"
Bush Is About To Attack Iran: Why Can't Americans See It?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 27 Jan 2007
"The American public and the US Congress are getting their backs up about the Bush Regime's determination to escalate the war in Iraq. ... This is all to the good. However, it misses the real issue – the Bush Regime's looming attack on Iran. ... Bush dismissed congressional disapproval with his statement, 'I'm the decision-maker.'"
Related Topic: Iran
Bush's Doublethink, by Sheldon Richman, 19 Jan 2007
Analyzes President Bush's statements and possible implications, of a speech made on 10 Jan 2007
"Bush says what he needs to say in order to justify whatever it is he wants to do. The standard isn't truth and logic but appearance. ... may we assume that if al-Maliki and his government don't fulfill certain conditions, Bush is ready to withdraw American forces and bring them home? ... except he can’t really mean that. He has spent too much time lecturing us that Iraq is the central front in his 'war on terror,' ... and that failure would be catastrophic for America. ... Bush may practice Orwellian doublethink, the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at once, never letting himself see that both can't be true."
Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)
Bush's Learning Problem, by Joseph Sobran, The Reactionary Utopian, 12 Oct 2006
"... learning to play chess ... When you move a piece, you have to think about how your opponent may respond to it. I guess President Bush never learned that lesson. A few years ago, he was using expressions like regime change, axis of evil, global democratic revolution, and ridding the earth of tyranny without stopping to think how his opponents might react."
Bush's Place in History, by Joseph Sobran, The Reactionary Utopian, 6 May 2006
"Back in 2000, candidate George W. Bush described himself as 'a uniter, not a divider.' ... during the 2004 campaign, the polls strongly indicated that America was evenly divided again. ... Bush won a decisive victory ... boasting of his 'political capital.' Only a few months after his second inauguration, that capital was exhausted."
Bush's Secret Surveillance State, by Anthony Gregory, 26 Dec 2005
"By December 19, ... Attorney General Alberto Gonzales went so far as to say that the president had the 'inherent authority' to perform such secret, warrantless searches of people in the United States. ... Will the president actually get away with such blatant disregard for the Bill of Rights, the balance of powers, ..."
Bush's Signing Statement Dictatorship, by James Bovard, 9 Oct 2006
Details some of Bush's (more than 800) signing statements and his "unitary executive" doctrine
"Bush is apparently convinced that he is entitled to govern in secrecy, and any provision of a law to the contrary violates his imperial prerogatives. George W. Bush has added more than 800 'signing statements' to new laws since he took office. Earlier presidents occasionally appended such comments to new statutes, but Bush is the first to use signing statements routinely to nullify key provisions of new laws."
Related Topic: Rule of Law
Bush's Wartime Dictatorship: The threat of presidential supremacism, by Justin Raimondo, 21 Dec 2005
"The new presidential absolutism infuses not only Bush's foreign policy, which asserts the 'right' of the White House to make war on anyone, anywhere, anytime, and for any reason, but also, increasingly, his domestic policies. ... in response to the NSA revelations, the president summoned the executive editor and the publisher of the New York Times to the Oval Office ... "
Democracy Versus Liberty, by James Bovard, The Freeman, Aug 2006
Discusses the dangers of equating liberty with "self-government" as majority rule
"President George W. Bush uses freedom and democracy interchangeably, as if they were two sides of the same wooden nickel. ...
Q. How do you define freedom?
The President. Freedom, democracy?
Q. Freedom as such.
The President. Well, I view freedom as where government doesn't dictate. Government is responsive to the needs of people. ... That's what freedom—government is of the people. We say "of the people, by the people, and for the people." And a free society is one if the people don't like what is going on, they can get new leaders. ... That's free society, society responsive to people."
Do Elections Guarantee Freedom?, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Nov 2007
Discusses whether democratic elections achieve the purported objective of "will of the people" controlling the government
"Two days after his 2004 reelection victory, President George W. Bush declared, 'When you win, there is a feeling that the people have spoken and embraced your point of view ... and the people made it clear what they wanted.' But did voters on November 2 'consent' to the destruction of Fallujah in the following weeks? Did they consent to the nomination of a Homeland Security czar who was openly hostile to any criticism of politicians?"
Dubya and Dubai, by J. Neil Schulman, Rational Review, 22 Feb 2006
"The purchase of the British company P&O, which has been operating our ports, by the Dubai Ports World company, which is wholly owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates, was approved in secret by the Bush administration, likely months ago. ... Bush is a moron when it comes to PR, and apparently his advisors are no better."
Related Topic: Dubai
Elizabeth de la Vega, Bringing Bush to Court, by Elizabeth de la Vega, TomDispatch, 27 Nov 2006
"... I intend to present a hypothetical indictment to a hypothetical grand jury. The defendants are President George W. Bush ... If the indictment and grand jury are hypothetical, the evidence is not. I've prepared for this case, just as I would have done for any other case in my years as a prosecutor, by reviewing all of the available relevant information."
Free markets king in Sweden, at least for a day: Ten minutes with .... Donald Boudreaux, by Donald J. Boudreaux, Bill Steigerwald, 18 Dec 2002
Comments on Vernon Smith's Nobel Prize and about the firing of Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill
"Q: Is President Bush in general pursuing the right economic policy at home?
A: I know that his insistence on tax cuts is the right way to go. I agree with that. He claims to be in favor of free trade. I hope that's true. If he is in fact in favor of free trade, that's the right way to go. But I'm leery, though, that he really believes that, given what he did with the steel tariffs. ... I would like to see him be more vigorous in endorsing free international trade. He's done these things. But again, from my standpoint, they are rather tepid and lukewarm. "
Free Speech on the Ropes, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Jan 2006
Constrasts President Bush's "we love our freedom" rhetoric with actions to suppress dissent by establishing "free speech zones"; tells the story of a protester arrested and released but then prosecuted in non-jury trial by the Justice Department
"... President Bush flew to Columbia, South Carolina ... He told an adoring crowd, 'There's an enemy out there that hates America because of what we love. We love freedom. We love the fact that people can worship freely in America. We love our free press. We love every aspect of our freedom, and we're not changing.' The Secret Service made the airport area safe for freedom-loving rhetoric by vigorously suppressing dissent before Bush arrived. ... Bursey later commented, '... here I am handcuffed in the back of a paddy wagon, thinking, "No, Mr. Bush, they don’t hate us because we're free. They hate us because we're hypocrites."'"
Related Topics: Ron Paul, Freedom of Speech
"Free-Speech Zone": The administration quarantines dissent, by James Bovard, The American Conservative, 15 Dec 2003
Provides various examples of "free speech zone" incidents as well as reactions in the U.S. and overseas
"Secret Service agent Brian ... Marr's comments are a mockery of this country's rich heritage of vigorous protests. Somehow, all of a sudden, after George W. Bush became president people became so stupid that federal agents had to cage them to prevent them from walking out in front of speeding vehicles."
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech
George W. Bush's Nixonomics, by Gregory Bresiger, Mises Daily, 22 May 2006
"President George W. Bush's statist policies should not been viewed as a departure from the Republican traditions. Bush's economic policies are a continuation of Nixonomics. We should also understand that Bush, like Nixon, cannot resist the political temptation of public-sector spending and various price controls to achieve short-term political goals."
Glorious War!, by Joseph Sobran, The Reactionary Utopian, 31 Aug 2006
Discusses how the Republican Party and conservatism became associated with militarism and war
"Two Bush administrations have proved that. War on Panama, war on Iraq, war on 'terror,' war on Afghanistan, war on Iraq again, and war on Iran, comin' up. And of course the recent Israeli war on Lebanon was waged with George W. Bush's complicity. ... The presidency of George W. Bush has been one long object lesson in unintended consequences. It's amusing to recall that his father was kidded for using the phrase wouldn't be prudent, an expression the son could profitably adopt."
Related Topics: Conservatism, Republican Party, War
Hidden Government, by Sheldon Richman, 1 Sep 2006
Discusses the July 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, which resulted in 800 dead and was carried out with assistance from the Bush administration
"Reporting by Seymour Hersh ... and other sources indicate that the Bush administration actively helped the Israeli government plan an attack on Lebanon. ... I don't recall the 2004 presidential candidates debating whether the government should have the power to help other governments, funded and armed by American taxpayers, make war against civilian populations. Where did President Bush find this blank check?"
Related Topics: Government, Lebanon
How Much More Harm Can Bush Do?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 7 Mar 2006
Discusses the casualties resulting from the 2003 Iraq invasion, the changed world opinion of the United States and the lobbies that benefit from the continuation of hostilities
"Bush-Cheney have not brought Iraqis democracy, but they have stolen their oil revenues. ... Far from making Americans safe by attacking a country that posed no threat to the U.S., Bush and Cheney have alarmed the Russians and the Chinese. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Gen. Yury Baluyevsky, chief of the Russian General Staff, have both warned that the Bush regime's military aggression and drive for hegemony are setting off another arms race."
Impeach the American People!, by Butler Shaffer, 17 Nov 2006
Comments on proposals to bring George W. Bush and others in his administration to "justice", observing that most Americans went into a "moral slumber" that allowed the former to "turn America into the 21st century equivalent of 1939 Germany"
"[This whooping and hollering] is driven by the same refusal of men and women to examine what they have made of themselves that allowed Mr. Bush to mobilize their 'dark side' energies into murderous attacks upon hundreds of thousands of innocent people; to torture and detain — without hopes of trial — anyone the administration saw fit to deprive of their liberties; and to turn America into the kind of dystopian police-state that was beyond the fertile imaginations of Messrs. Orwell and Huxley."
Iraq Exit Strategy: America's Path Forward [PDF], by Libertarian Party, 29 Jun 2005
Proposal by the Libertarian National Committee for the U.S. to remove its troops from Iraq and a direct-aid program to allow Iraq to reconstruct its infrastructure (note: the occupation lasted another six years)
"In the final days before the invasion, President George W. Bush declared that Iraq was in violation of United Nations disarmament resolutions. President Bush set a deadline for Saddam Hussein to surrender his weapons of mass destruction and subsequently disarm. It was made clear that if Saddam did not comply with all of the U.N. resolutions, the U.S. would invade Iraq and remove him from power."
Iraqi Death by Political Abstraction, by Sheldon Richman, 5 Jun 2006
Examines the causes of the 2005 Haditha killings, reflecting on Leonard Read's notable essay "Conscience in the Battlefield"
"So who is ultimately responsible for the massacre of the 24 unarmed Iraqis at Haditha? The one who put the Marines there: President George W. Bush. Many things about war are uncertain, but one thing we know for sure: men of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, would not be under investigation for cold-blooded murder had they never left Camp Pendleton in southern California. Why did they leave? Because President Bush decreed a policy that led to their being ordered to Iraq. ... Realization that responsibility rises to the very top does not, of course, exonerate anyone below."
I Resign From the Mont Pelerin Society, by Paul Craig Roberts, 21 Aug 2008
Explains Roberts' rationale for resigning from the Society
"As far as I am aware, the MPS has not addressed the Bush administration's assault on US civil liberties or the disrespect the Bush administration has shown for the US Constitution and international law, particularly the Geneva Conventions. ... The alacrity with which the Heritage Foundation jumped on the Bush administration's propaganda bandwagon about 'the Russian invasion of Georgia' epitomizes the new association of 'freedom' with American hegemony."
Related Topics: Mont Pelerin Society, War
Is This Really War?, by Sheldon Richman, 16 Jun 2006
Discusses the Haditha killings and argues that U.S. troops in Iraq are acting more as a police force for the new Iraqi regime
"President Bush invaded Iraq, a country that represented no threat to the American people or the territory of the United States. In other words, the U.S. forces that bomb and shoot Iraqis don't have to be there. They are not responding to impending danger to Americans."
Least We Forget, by Paul Craig Roberts, 25 Feb 2006
"It is a great lie that America needs to give up its civil liberties, the separation of powers, the Geneva Conventions, and humane treatment of prisoners in order to defend itself against terrorism. If these are the Bush regime's terms for protection, Americans need quickly to find another government."
Related Topic: Communism
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski: U.S. Air Force, 1983-2003, by Karen Kwiatkowski, Brian Lamb, Q&A, 2 Apr 2006
Transcript and Real Audio
"... we all know from the Bush Administration his most important criteria is loyalty, and I think this warped sense of loyalty, not to the Constitution of course, which is what we as military officers swear to uphold, the Constitution, all enemies foreign and domestic, ... you've got to remember that, the loyalty is not to that. The loyalty is to the people and to the agenda ..."
Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 3: Lies and Appearances, by Lawrence M. Ludlow, 19 Aug 2005
"The president has a bad habit of approving bailouts for failed airlines, throwing money into the bottomless pit of medical-benefit entitlements, signing lard-filled highway bills, and stuffing the coffers of public schools that regularly churn out bumper crops of criminals and nitwits in roughly equal proportion."
Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 4: War, by Lawrence M. Ludlow, 22 Aug 2005
Part of a six-segment series examining The Prince vis-à-vis contemporary U.S. politics; this article covers Machiavelli's simple advice on war and contrasts it with that of James Madison and Robert Higgs in Crisis and Leviathan
"When it turned out that there were no WMDs and no links between Iraq and the attack on the World Trade Center, the deception was exposed for all to see. Even Bush could not bear the charge of being called a liar — not to mention a hypocrite — since he frequently voiced his faith in God and warned of evil-doers lurking in every nook and cranny. Consequently, the president concocted a plausible half-truth to cover his tracks. He claimed he had been misinformed by intelligence experts."
Meet the press, with David Letterman: The talk-show host proves to be twice as tough on George W. Bush as many reporters on the campaign trail., by Jake Tapper, Salon, 20 Oct 2000
"... Letterman asked Bush repeatedly about the death penalty, Texas' abysmal environmental record and foreign affairs. ... Letterman then asked Bush about the terrorist murder of 17 U.S. sailors in Yemen. Seriously. ... 'Now are you talking about retaliation or due process of law?' Letterman asked."
More Bush Insults, by Sheldon Richman, 12 Oct 2005
Comments on George W. Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court and on his speech asking for support on the "war on terror"
"Everybody is good at something, and George Bush is good at insulting our intelligence. ... This is the same man who gave us No Child Left Behind, who signed McCain-Feingold, and who claims the power to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge just by branding them, without appeal, enemy combatants. ... To be fair, we can’t be sure if Bush presumes we are morons or if he is sincerely ignorant."
Mr. Bush, Meet Walter Jones, by Patrick J. Buchanan, 16 Jan 2007
"If tomorrow Bush took out Iran's nuclear facilities, would a Senate that lacks the courage to cut funds for an unpopular war really impeach him for denying a nuclear capability to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? ... Asked if Congress could stop him from surging 21,500 troops into Iraq, Bush on 60 Minutes brushed aside Congress as irrelevant."
Mr. Bush, Mind Your Own Business, by Sheldon Richman, 21 Oct 2005
Criticises George W. Bush's advice to Americans that they should drive less in order to conserve gasoline
"So President Bush wants us to conserve gasoline by driving less. Cut out the nonessential car trips, he says. ... President Bush likes to portray himself as a fan of the free market, but talk and pandering are cheap. The test of a free-market advocate is how he reacts during a sudden fall in supply of a widely used product. ... Now which is President Bush? Here's a clue: he condemned 'price gougers' and hectored us about our driving."
Related Topic: Free Market
Obama's Iraqi Fairy Tale, by Sheldon Richman, 28 Mar 2014
Examines, in devastating detail, Obama's March 2014 remarks about the 2003 Iraqi invasion
"Every top member of the Bush administration having anything to do with 'national security' lied to the public at one time or another. People who questioned the 'slam-dunk' intelligence were dismissed as pusillanimous or soft on Saddam. If that counts as open debate, then there is no difference between the Bush administration and any outright autocratic regime."
Outsourcing Torture, by Sheldon Richman, 29 Sep 2006
Discusses the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian sent to Syria for interrogation on suspectied ties to al-Qaeda
"If you want to see the bare essence of the Bush administration, behold its policy of 'rendition' ... under which American officials send terrorist suspects ... to countries where they will be tortured, keeping the U.S. government's hands clean of the monstrous treatment. Can anyone with a sense of justice or humane bone in his body defend such a shameful policy? ... This is America under George W. Bush. It's not the America we learned about growing up. Something has gone badly wrong. When will we do something about it?"
Pentagon Whistle-Blower on the Coming War With Iran, by Karen Kwiatkowski, James Harris, Josh Scheer, 27 Feb 2007
Interviewed by James Harris and Josh Scheer of Truthdig; topics include possible conflict with Iran, the Pentagon situation prior to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Office of Special Plans, Vietnam, terrorism and neoconservatism
"You have political appointees in every government agency, and they switch out every time you get a new president ... So Bush was no different. He brought in ... a number of political appointees at what you would call a lower level ... And they're not military officers, they're civilians. And they’re brought in, and this is where the propaganda was kind of put together, this is where the so-called alternative intelligence assessments were put together by the civilian appointees of the Bush Administration. "
Revisiting a Libertarian Classic: Nock's Our Enemy, the State, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Mar 2006
Examines some of the major themes of Nock's Our Enemy, the State
"The government has gathered information on anti-war groups and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The president is angry that ordinary people have found out about this. He is planning not to stop these obnoxious activities, but rather to find out who gave him away. In his view, the Constitution and the Congress's blank check after 9/11 bestow on him the power to do virtually anything if he can rationalize it as necessary to prosecute the war on terror. This is quite a claim, considering that there is no reason why the war on terror shouldn't go on forever."
Rings of War, by Charley Reese, 1 Jan 2007
Reflects on war as concentric rings with soldiers in the center and the general public in the outer circle, criticising George W. Bush and Congress for not ending the 2003 Iraq War and suggesting a general tax for future wars as incentive to end them
"President Bush has no interest in ending the war. Before the terrorist attack in 2001, he was at odds and ends and didn't seem to know what he wanted to do. But now he enjoys being a war president. It's given him a role to play. He's not going to give that up."
Ron Versus the Huckster, by Justin Raimondo, 7 Sep 2007
Analyzes Ron Paul's response to Chris Wallace's questions on the Iraq invasion and Paul's exchange with Gov. Huckabee, at the 5 Sep 2007 Republican presidential debate
"Who lost Iraq? ... The neocons blame Bush: he didn't follow their instructions to the letter, you see, by putting their sock puppet, Ahmed Chalabi, in charge from the beginning. The Israelis, too, blame Bush: now they're saying that they always wanted him to go after Iran ... McCain also blames Bush, claiming that the war has been 'mismanaged' ... And we haven't even gotten to the Democrats, who, naturally, blame the Great Decider for practically everything – an inadequate explanation for the disastrous course of the past six years that they nonetheless think is sufficient for their purposes."
Related Topics: Iraq War (2003), Ron Paul
Slipped His Moorings, by Charley Reese, 9 Sep 2006
"The president, I believe, is desperate to be what he knows he is not — a great man. He has fantasized that he is a second Winston Churchill leading the forces of democracy in a great crusade against the forces of darkness. The only trouble is, there is nobody out there in the dark."
Related Topic: Terrorism
That Death Toll, by Lew Rockwell, 21 Jun 2006
Comments on White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's remark about the reporting of the death of the 2,500th American soldier in the 2003 Iraq War
"The Bush administration is ensconced in its marble castles in Washington, D.C., and meets average soldiers only in carefully managed PR events. ... The only real moral issue that strikes the Bush administration — which is directly responsible for every one of these lost lives — is annoyance that anyone would be upset. The fodder knew what they were getting into when they signed up. It's dangerous work. In any case, it is a noble cause, or so they are told."
Related Topics: Iraq War (2003), War
The 9/11 Servility Reflex, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Dec 2007
Discusses how the general American public reacted after the 9/11 attacks and how the 9/11 Commission and the mainstream media helped reinforce that reaction
"The 9/11 Commission became the Bush administration's most famous faith-based initiative. The commission appeared far more concerned with restoring trust than in revealing truth. Bush and Cheney were allowed to testify without a transcript and not under oath. Americans never heard what they said. ... The White House was allowed to edit the final version of the commission's report before it was publicly released."
The Abominations of War: From My Lai to Haditha, by Cindy Sheehan, 5 Jun 2006
Responds to those who demand to "support our troops" and the President by listing various immoral and illegal actions, suggesting instead that George W. Bush be prosecuted as a war criminal and offering support to those who disobey unlawful orders
"In a stunning display of shameless hypocrisy George Bush said of the (not uncommon) butchering of innocent civilians in Haditha: 'Our troops have been trained on core values throughout their training, but obviously there was an incident that took place in Iraq.' ... George Bush is correct. A 'full and complete' investigation needs to be made into the crimes against humanity in Iraq, and if justice prevails, this would in turn lead to the trial and conviction of George and the rest of the neocon purveyors of torture and murder, for which the maximum penalties should be applied."
The Case for Impeachment: Why we can no longer afford George W. Bush, by Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's Magazine, 27 Feb 2006
"We have before us in the White House a thief who steals the country's good name and reputation for his private interest and personal use; a liar who seeks to instill in the American people a state of fear; a televangelist who engages the United States in a never-ending crusade against all the world's evil, a wastrel ..."
The Endless War on Terrorism, by Jacob Hornberger, 1 Sep 2004
Reflects on President George W. Bush response ("I don't think we can it") when asked about the War on Terror
"It feels good when a public official, especially the president of the United States, speaks the truth, which is what happened on Monday when President George W. Bush uttered words that The Future of Freedom Foundation has been publishing ever since 9/11 — 'I don't think you can win [the war on terror].' Well, duh! Of course, the president is absolutely right, even if he did backtrack a bit the following day ..."
The George W. Bush 'What Me Worry?' Quiz, by Jim Cox, 2 Apr 2007
"When the Taliban in Afghanistan offered to turn over Osama Bin Laden to the U.S. in the fall 2001 if evidence were provided of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the response of George W. Bush was to: a. immediately work with the Afghan government to provide the evidence as a better solution than a war in which hundreds of American soldiers would die. ..."
The Latest Defamation of Jefferson, by Thomas DiLorenzo, 31 Mar 2006
Criticizes a conference titled "Mr. Jefferson Goes to the Middle East" and implying that George W. Bush is somehow Jeffersonian, by contrasting Jefferson and Lincoln's (and by extension Bush's) policies and actions
"It is not Mr. Jefferson who has 'gone to the Middle East,' of course, but George W. Bush. The clear implication of the title of the conference is that George W. Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq is somehow 'Jeffersonian.' The neocons at Grove City apparently believe that our mumbling, tongue-tied president is no less than Thomas Jefferson personified. ... A brief survey of some of Jefferson's opinions on the subject of foreign wars proves how farcical it is to assert that the Bush administration's invasion of the Middle East is 'Jeffersonian.'"
The President Seems Out of Touch With Events on the Ground in Iraq, by Robert Higgs, 31 May 2006
"The president's speech employed, as such speeches usually do, an abstract, high-flown rhetoric intended to stir the listeners' patriotic juices and to place U.S. actions in the purest possible light. The reports of the massacre at Haditha, however, shine a different light on the war."
The Price of Bush, by Joseph Sobran, 11 Oct 2005
"... he looks unexpectedly desperate, confused, ineffectual. What does he stand for? Only one thing: the failed war he has already staked his reputation on. He has subordinated everything to that, and in its absence it would be impossible to name any philosophy, conservative or otherwise, he could be identified with."
The Repudiation of Bush, by Sheldon Richman, 10 Nov 2006
Comments on the results of the November 2004 U.S. elections and on the first George W. Bush administration
"It's reasonable to conclude from the election results that most voters felt the Republicans had been in power too long. The hopeless war in Iraq, the culture of corruption and incompetence, the spending binge (which includes the war), the grating social conservatism, and the autocratic arrogance approaching the dictatorial all culminated in a thunderous repudiation of President Bush and the Republican Party."
Related Topic: Democratic Party
The State in the Dock, by Lew Rockwell, 26 May 2006
Reflects on the then ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein (2004-2006) and wonders what would happen if other heads of state, including George W. Bush, were put on trial
"The trial is being administered and run and decided by the government of a conquering nation, one led by a man who clearly had a personal vendetta against Saddam, and who used the most duplicitous methods to drag his country into an imperial venture ... As an American, it sickens me to see George Bush using this trial as a way of morally whitewashing his conquest."
Related Topics: Government, Iraq, The State
Under the Shadow of Inflationomics, by Hans Sennholz, Mises Daily, 1 Jun 2006
"Prodded by President George Walker Bush, Congress passed a large multiyear tax cut, and the US Treasury sent out tax rebates to boost consumer spending. Thereafter, the economy seemed to shake off national disasters and soaring energy prices. Labor productivity apparently rose and the nation's unemployment rate declined again."
U.S. Hypocrisy on Iran, by Sheldon Richman, 14 Feb 2007
Discusses the hypocrisy of Bush administration pronouncements about Iran "meddling in Iraq", considering the U.S. intervention in Iran in 1953
"'It has been clear for some time that Iran has been meddling in Iraq,' says White House spokesman Gordon D. Johndroe. ... Meanwhile, President Bush has authorized American troops to kill Iranians in Iraq if they seem to be engaged in activities hostile to the United States. He's also sent a couple of carriers to the Persian Gulf in a show of force aimed at Iran. In response, Iran has said it would enlarge its economic and military assistance to Iraq. ... With Bush's warnings to Iran, U.S. hypocrisy has reached a new low."
Related Topic: Iran
U.S. Regime Change, Torture, and Murder in Chile, by Jacob Hornberger, 24 Nov 2004
Discusses the unwelcome reception given to George W. Bush on a visit to Chile and various reasons for Chilean animosity towards the U.S. government, contrasting it with general opinion about these matters in the U.S. and the inaction in Congress
"President Bush's recent trip to South America provides a valuable foreign-policy lesson for Americans. The president was greeted in Santiago, Chile, by some 30,000 angry demonstrators. But it was not only Bush's invasion and war of aggression against Iraq that Chileans were angry about. Unlike so many Americans, the Chilean people have not fallen for the 'We invaded Iraq to spread democracy' line that U.S. officials moved up to rationale number one after failing to find those infamous weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."
Related Topics: Chile, Terrorism
War Loses, Again, by Lew Rockwell, 8 Nov 2006
Reflects on the results of the 2006 U.S. mid-term elections
"This election has probably sealed Bush’s place in history as a failed war president who used a period of national anxiety about terrorism for his own personal aggrandizement and the enrichment of his coterie. ... Bush undertook this war with arrogance and claims of god-like power. The result has been catastrophic. And apparently this amazing failure of government had an impact on the vote."
What's Become of Americans?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 22 Mar 2006
Ponders the lack of reaction by Americans to events related to the Iraq War, such as the missing WMDs, Abu Ghraib, mass surveillance, "free speech" zones, the death toll and the Haditha massacre
"If this story is true, under Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush's leadership, proud and honorable U.S. Marines have degenerated into the Waffen SS. Those of us raised on John Wayne war movies find this very hard to take. A fish rots from the head. Clearly, deception in the Oval Office is corrupting the U.S. military. One reader reported that on March 19 his local PBS station aired a program which discussed the deaths of two young American soldiers in friendly fire incidents similar to Pat Tillman's death. "
What's to Lose?, by Sheldon Richman, 20 Apr 2007
Explains the benefits to most Americans if the U.S. government would admit defeat and withdraw its troops from Iraq
"The other day President Bush charged the congressional Democrats with wanting to 'legislate defeat' in Iraq. ... What would an American defeat in Iraq mean? ... Americans are killed every week, and the wounded are scarred for life. ... We are also losing several billion dollars a month. ... By stopping those losses, American would win. ... But there would be losers, make no mistake. President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would be losers. They could no longer go on with their charade that the war was just and wise or that things are going well despite what our own eyes tell us."
Will Congress Finally Face Up to Their Responsibility and Debate Iraq?, by Kevin B. Zeese, 31 Mar 2006
Discusses the proposal by a group of six congressmen to have 17 hours of "open and honest debate about the future of U.S. policy in Iraq"
"On March 21, 2006 President Bush said that U.S. troops will still be in Iraq after his presidency ends in 2009. When asked at a recent press conference when all U.S. forces would finally pull out of Iraq, Bush told the White House press corps: 'That will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq.' Bush's term ends in January 2009. This announcement by President Bush put the Congress in a difficult position because voters are saying they oppose the war ... Will Congress side with an unpopular lame duck president who is supporting an unpopular occupation that most observers recognize has failed."
Related Topics: Iraq War (2003), Ron Paul
Will the Democrats Become Part of the Problem?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 10 Nov 2006
Discusses the outcome of the 2006 U.S. mid-term elections and offers recommendations primarily for congressional Democrats
"In violation of his oath of office, Bush used signing statements to negate laws passed by Congress, not with a veto, but with his personal opinion. Bush, thus, elevated himself above the rule of law that has protected America from becoming a tyranny and made a mockery of the separation of powers that are a foundation of American liberty. ... The other issue is the blatant corruption in the Bush regime's contract practices."
Wilson in the Mirror, by John M. Peters, 23 May 2006
Compares George W. Bush to Woodrow Wilson, drawing multiple parallels between the two
"President Bush lends credence to the adage that history repeats itself. ... Both men left state governorships to ascend to the White House at the beginning of new centuries. Both men came from white Protestant backgrounds, although President Bush's zeal for fundamental Christian values became an acquired taste. Both men were graduates of Ivy League institutions. ... Campaigning for election in 2000, George Bush promised not to send the armed forces abroad for what he called nation building ... President Bush would reverse his campaign promises and take the nation to war within less than a year of his election ..."


The Antiwar Republican, by Ron Paul, Scott Horton, 4 Apr 2007
Transcript and MP3 audio recording; topics include foreign policy principles, isolationism, the Bush Doctrine, the "war on terror", the British sailors captured by Iran, presidential authority over state National Guard units and Guantanamo Bay detainees
"What it boils down to is Bush says, 'Well, we got rid of this really really bad guy – we got rid of Saddam Hussein, and that means it [the war] was worth it.' That means Saddam Hussein, that one person, was worth 3,200 American deaths and 25,000 casualties. I don't think the guy was worth that much. He wasn't going to attack us. ... Bush put way too much value on a Saddam Hussein – insisting that we have to have a regime-change. ... people in America [have] been told so many lies about why they [Middle Easterners] want to attack us here, and why we have to go over and fight them over there, so we won't have to fight them here."


Starting a Brush Fire for Freedom: An interview with US Rep. Ron Paul, by Ron Paul, John W. Whitehead, oldSpeak, 9 Feb 2004
Topics include: being a lone wolf in Congress, the Patriot Act and related legislation, George W. Bush, the Iraq War, conservatives and neo-cons, the federal debt, education and the Constitution
"It almost seems like the President is out of touch. ... I was surprised about how bold he was on the Patriot Act. I don't think the people want that. I believe there was a sense of this in the Congress because many members applauded at the wrong time ... In other words, when he mentioned that it was going to be sunsetted and before he said that he wanted to strengthen it, the Congress applauded. ... When Bush talks, he does not sound like he is an advocate of big government. But if you look at what has happened in the last three years of his administration ... big government has been thriving."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Decider, by Mark Fiore, 10 May 2006
Related Topic: Rule of Law
Finally, I've found my legacy!, by Stuart Carlson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar 2008
OK, I cheated on you ... but those babies aren't mine!!, by Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, 24 Aug 2008
Related Topic: Statue of Liberty
Trusting Bush, by Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 18 May 2006


Attention Deficit Democracy, by James Bovard, 10 Jan 2006
Electronic text of Introduction available at
"The same types of myths have grown up around democracy that long propped up monarchs. In the 1500s, peasants were encouraged to believe that the king was chosen by God to serve His purposes on Earth. Today, Americans are encouraged to believe that Bush's reelection victory is a sign of God's approval of Bush's reign."
Related Topics: Democracy, Voting
The Bush Betrayal, by James Bovard, 7 Aug 2004
Electronic text of first chapter available at Future of Freedom Foundation
"This book does not aim to analyze all Bush policies. Instead, it examines an array of his domestic and foreign actions that vivify the damage Bush is inflicting and the danger he poses both to America and the world. Bush governs like an elective monarch, entitled to reverence and deference on all issues."
United States v. George W. Bush et al.
    by Elizabeth de la Vega, 2006
What We've Lost
    by Graydon Carter, Sep 2004


Bush Speaks the Truth (Election 2000 Debates), 2000
Audio clips and photos of then Governor George Bush during the Presidential debates, particularly about nation building and a "humble" foreign policy
Related Topic: Foreign Entanglements

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