Remember the right-wing mantra against criticizing the president in a time of war?

During the years when America conducted shooting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan under George W. Bush, the leading voices of the political right generally deemed any criticisms of the commander-in-chief as unpatriotic if not treasonous. The talking heads on Fox News Channel and other elements of the right-wing noise machine said knocks on Bush undermined the morale of our troops and emboldened our enemies. But, of course, that was then, and THIS is...

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Obama’s rate of vacation days is now barely one-third that of Bush’s

In a thinly-veiled effort to portray Barack Obama as a lazy black man, the right-wing noise machine is obsessed with the president’s vacations. The truth of the matter, however, doesn’t fit the caricature, as we see HERE: Just how many vacations has Obama taken since January 2009? How does he compare to his two-term predecessor, George W. Bush? The authoritative figures come from CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller. Knoller has meticulously chronicled presidential data since 1996 with an attention to detail that has made...

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Most Americans blame Bush for chaos in Iraq

Memo to John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Your ridiculous scapegoating of Barack Obama for the current situation in Iraq seems not to be catching on with most Americans, as we see HERE: Republicans have hammered President Obama in recent weeks for the unraveling security situation in Iraq, arguing that he should have left some American troops behind in the troubled country. But a poll released Monday found that Americans widely disagree with the GOP. The latest national survey from Quinnipiac University showed that 58 percent of American voters...

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Don’t want to blame Bush for mess in Iraq? Your partisanship is stronger than your memory

The knee-jerk tendency among Republicans to blame Barack Obama for the current unrest in Iraq arises from willful amnesia or blind political partisanship — or both. Paul Rosenberg EXPLAINS: The man to blame for what’s happening in Iraq is not President Obama — it’s President Bush… The recent success of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — is exactly what Osama bin Laden had hoped that the 9/11 attacks would lead to. And thanks to Bush’s spectacularly foolish responses, bin Laden’s dream has come true. Before 9/11, bin...

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If Bush had negotiated this deal with Iran, Republicans would be cheering

Fred Kaplan of the Council  on Foreign Relations NAILS IT: The Iranian nuclear deal struck Saturday night is a triumph. It contains nothing that any American, Israeli, or Arab skeptic could reasonably protest. Had George W. Bush negotiated this deal, Republicans would be hailing his diplomatic prowess, and rightly so. A few weeks ago, a “senior administration official” outlined the agreement that President Obama hoped to achieve in Geneva. Some reporters who heard the briefing (including me) thought that the terms were way too one-sided, that...

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