By Harvey Fenigsohn
The majority of Americans now agree that George W. Bush – the 43’rd President of the United States – indeed failed, with polls revealing that he is the most unpopular president in modern American history. Let us consider what President Barack Obama can learn from his failures. After all, another, far more intelligent George, the great philosopher, George Santayana was right when he said; “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Numerous failures mar the Bush record, but perhaps his worst was the debacle of Iraq. Deceiving the American people and Congress, Bush used his claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction to justify an unprovoked invasion with no exit strategy. At a cost of billions of dollars, Bush managed to establish Iraq as a magnet for terrorists and stain America’s reputation around the world. Continue reading What President Obama can learn from “the failure” (George W. Bush)
Book review by Steven R. Maher
There are a lot of books out there about Iraq. Many of them are poorly written, partisan to one viewpoint or another, and down right depressing. Richard N. Haass’ “War of Necessity, War of Choice” is different. It flows smoothly, is non-partisan, and avoids dwelling on the depressing aftermath of the 2003 invasion. It looks at the process by which America twice went to war with Iraq.
Haass was a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council from 1989 through 1993. He was present at many of the meetings that led to the successful first Iraq war in 1991 under the first Bush presidency of George H.W. Bush, when the United States drove Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
Haass from 2001 to 2003 was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Continue reading Book review: WAR OF NECESSITY, WAR OF CHOICE By Richard N. Haass
By Rosalie Tirella
Well, we all know that the Telegram and Gazette has always been a Republican paper – from its inception, when the tight-assed Booths and Stoddards ruled its pages – to the present, where its true colors show most blatantly on its op-ed pages, specifically its editorials. New editorial writer Chris Sinocola is much more conservative than Robert French (and not as good a writer). So, of course, the Obama-bashing is beginning in earnest.
Take this morning’s T & G editorial, the writer (Sinocola, I presume) starts the fear mongering. Oh my! President Barack Obama MAY begin to tax the middle class! We watched a few Sunday talk shows and a few guys answered a few questions re: taxes rather nebulously. Mon Dieu! Call the guards! Call the exorcist! Here we go! TAX TIME! Beware all you regular folks – Obama is out to screw you!
Not so fast, dink-puss Sinocola! In your op/ed piece there is NOT ONE IOTA of proof that President Obama is going to shift the $ burden on America’s middle class – the folks that make $40,000 – $100,000 a year. Obama himself has said so! Again and again and again. He hasn’t even rolled back the Bush tax cuts for the rich! He should have put the kibosh on the Bush law that gives big tax breaks to people who make over $250,000. Instead, he is going to let that law fade: in 2010 he will not re-sign that STUPID Bush law. InCity Times is asking Obama to reinstate the President Bill Clinton tax brackets. Continue reading The T & G editorials: let the sliming begin!