If CIA torture was morally defensible, why was it kept a secret from President Bush?

George W. Bush is not entirely faultless in the CIA torture scandal, but neither is he as culpable as other officials in his administration. More to the point, Bush and the American public in general have a right to ask in retrospect why the CIA torture regimen was kept a secret from him. If there was nothing immoral or illegal about the program, why wasn’t the commander-in-chief told about it? THIS was the situation: President George W. Bush was never briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency on the details of harsh interrogation...

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Suddenly, it’s time to revisit our collection of priceless Bushisms

The release of the Senate committee report on torture has brought the presidency of George W. Bush back into the national spotlight. To mark the occasion, I’ve dredged up a few of the man’s more memorable comments: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” “Our most abundant energy source is coal. We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an environmental challenge.”...

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ACLU chief: Obama should pardon Bush and others involved in illegal torture

Whether conservatives like it or not, certain brutal methods of interrogation by U.S. intelligence operatives are violations of American law and could result in criminal prosecutions. With that in mind, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, SAYS President Obama should issue pardons to George W. Bush and others who might be liable for involvement in illegal acts of torture: Before President George W. Bush left office, a group of conservatives lobbied the White House to grant pardons to the officials who...

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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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