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Don't fall for the nostalgia -- George W. Bush's foreign policy really was that bad.
Topic: War on Terrorism 5:17 pm EST, Nov 12, 2010

Two years into Barack Obama's presidency, it has become a cliché to observe that the newish president, who spent his 2008 campaign promising a U-turn from his deeply unpopular predecessor's activities abroad, has ended up with a foreign policy that looks surprising like George W. Bush's. The United States has more troops in Afghanistan than it did at the end of the Bush years, Guantánamo is still open, efforts to engage Iran have failed, and while American soldiers may have begun pulling back from Iraq, they've left plenty of Western defense contractors in their wake.

In anticipation of tomorrow's release of Bush's memoir, Decision Points, this line of thinking is reinforcing one of the Beltway press corps' favorite rituals: the "was he really that bad?" nostalgia for a president that the same reporters and analysts were happily pummeling only two years ago.

Don't believe a word of it. George W. Bush's presidency really was that bad -- and the fact that Obama has largely followed the same course is less a measure of Bush's wisdom than a reminder of the depth of the hole he dug his country into, as well as the institutionalized groupthink that dominates the U.S. foreign-policy establishment.

Decision Points has 14 chapters, each one pivoting around a key decision that Bush made in his adult life. So, in honor of America's newly published ex-president, here's my own list of 14 decisions that Bush made -- ones that tell a slightly different history of the 43rd presidency.

Don't fall for the nostalgia -- George W. Bush's foreign policy really was that bad.

Pin Up Calendars for Vets - Benefit Calendar for Veterans Hospitals
Topic: War on Terrorism 3:30 pm EST, Nov 12, 2007
gina elise

Gina Elise is on a quest to raise funds for hospitalized vets. She's doing it w/ a calendar. She was at blogworld and she's increadibly hot.

Go pick-up your jaw and buy a calendar.


Pin Up Calendars for Vets - Benefit Calendar for Veterans Hospitals

Center for American Progress | The Terrorism Index
Topic: War on Terrorism 2:37 pm EST, Feb 15, 2007

To help determine whether the United States is growing more or less safe, FOREIGN POLICY and the Center for American Progress teamed up once again to survey more than 100 of America’s top foreign-policy experts—Republicans and Democrats alike—in the second FOREIGN POLICY/Center for American Progress Terrorism Index. First launched last June, the Terrorism Index is the only comprehensive, nonpartisan effort to mine the highest echelons of the nation’s foreign-policy establishment for its assessment of how the United States is fighting the Global War on Terror. Its participants include people who have served as secretary of state and national security advisor, senior White House aides, top commanders in the U.S. military, seasoned intelligence officers, and distinguished academics and journalists. Eighty percent of the experts have served in the U.S. government—more than half in the executive branch, 26 percent in the military, and 18 percent in the intelligence community.

The full report is available in PDF format. There is also video of discussion on YouTube:

Center for American Progress | The Terrorism Index

BBC - Radio 4 - BH Donald Rumsfeld Soundbites
Topic: War on Terrorism 1:16 pm EST, Jan  7, 2007

This is brilliant. A bunch of rumsfeld quotes, but in happy original audio form.


BBC - Radio 4 - BH Donald Rumsfeld Soundbites

Friday the 13th, 2029
Topic: War on Terrorism 11:25 am EST, Jan  6, 2007

But maybe it's not so bad. Consider this: On April 13th--Friday the 13th--2029, millions of people are going to go outside, look up and marvel at their good luck. A point of light will be gliding across the sky, faster than many satellites, brighter than most stars.

The the return of Apep. We need bruce willis.


Friday the 13th, 2029

Rumsfeld is GONE - Resigning and not voluntarily!
Topic: War on Terrorism 4:01 pm EST, Nov  8, 2006

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said Wednesday.

Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld. The development occurred one day after midterm elections that cost Republicans control of the House, and possibly the Senate, as well. Surveys of voters at polling places said opposition to the war was a significant contributor to the Democratic victory. "

Rumsfeld is GONE - Resigning and not voluntarily!

DHS | Department of Homeland Security | Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announcing a Change to the Nation’s Threat Level for the Aviation Sector
Topic: War on Terrorism 7:55 am EDT, Aug 10, 2006

The Department of Homeland Security is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the United Kingdom. Over the last few hours, British authorities have arrested a significant number of extremists engaged in a substantial plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. Currently, there is no indication, however, of plotting within the United States. We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted.

For that reason, the United States Government has raised the nation’s threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States. This adjustment reflects the Critical, or highest, alert level that has been implemented in the United Kingdom. To defend further against any remaining threat from this plot, we will also raise the threat level to High, or Orange, for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States. Consistent with these higher threat levels, the Transportation Security Administration is coordinating with federal partners, airport authorities and commercial airlines on expanding the intensity of existing security requirements. Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane. This determination will be constantly evaluated and updated when circumstances warrant. These changes will take effect at 4:00 AM local time across the country. Travelers should also anticipate additional security measures within the airport and at screening checkpoints.

We are at condition red people. Please no liquids on flights.

DHS | Department of Homeland Security | Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announcing a Change to the Nation’s Threat Level for the Aviation Sector

Replace Rumsfeld
Topic: War on Terrorism 10:54 am EDT, Apr 14, 2006

Replace Rumsfeld

I wrote a retarded poem today:

The calls for rumsfeld's head,
shouldn't be made in bed.
They are quite belated
because the president is sedated
with rumsfeld's face in his behind.

Replace Rumsfeld

Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts - New York Times
Topic: War on Terrorism 1:49 pm EST, Dec 17, 2005

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts - New York Times

Why this brain flies on rat cunning - Science -
Topic: War on Terrorism 1:56 pm EST, Dec  8, 2005

It sounds like science fiction: a brain nurtured in a Petri dish learns to pilot a fighter plane as scientists develop a new breed of "living" computer. But in groundbreaking experiments in a Florida laboratory that is exactly what is happening.

we have much bigger things to worry about now... once google becomes self aware and develop machines that gain power by eating meat... we're as good as dead.

Why this brain flies on rat cunning - Science -

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