The most blatant falsehood in the GOP debate came from Jeb Bush

In some political debates, the misreprentations don’t jump out at you right away. Sometimes you have to wait until the fact-checkers pore over the transcript looking for claims that got fudged in one way or another. Such was not the case, however, at last night’s Republican presidential debate — at least not in the case of a first-class whopper offered by Jeb Bush. It came during a discussion of Jeb’s brother George W. Bush, whose failures as president seem to have faded somewhat from the national consciousness....

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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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