George W. Bush

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush stand side by side after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump

From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

US-made armoured vehicles drive down a road in western Mosul's al-Rifai neighbourhood on May 31, 2017 after it was retaken by government forces during their ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB        (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Could ISIS Have Been Averted?

Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did.

US President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. / AFP / POOL / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye and Hello: A Shadow Government Peaceful Transfer of Power

A look back on the past eight years, a transition to a new Shadow Government, and where the Elephants in the Room go from here.

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25:  (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former President George H.W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, with more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails and four million digital photographs, will be opened to the public on May 1, 2013. The library is the 13th presidential library in the National Archives and Records Administration system.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Broken Policy Promises of W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama

And why, from the Persian Gulf to Iraq to Syria, Americans haven’t gotten — and won’t be getting — the foreign policy they want.


Every Move You Make

Over eight years, President Barack Obama has created the most intrusive surveillance apparatus in the world. To what end?

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AT SEA:  (FILES) This 01 May 2003 file photo shows US President George W. Bush (C) waving after landing in a US Navy S-3B Viking jet piloted by Commander John Lussier (R) on the USS Abraham Lincoln as the aircraft carrier sails for Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California. Three years after his famous photo-op before a banner hailing "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, US President George W. Bush on 01 May 2006 declared that the war-torn country had finally turned a corner in establishing security and democracy.  AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE  (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

The George W. Bush Administration Still Lives in a World of Make-Believe

A recent review of my biography of President Bush reaffirms the arguments it seeks to dispute.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 13: (AFP OUT)  President  George W. Bush poses for photographers after addressing the nation on the military and political situation in Iraq from the White House September 13, 2007 in Washington, DC.    (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

It’s Impossible to Count the Things Wrong With the Negligent, Spurious, Distorted New Biography of George W. Bush

Jean Edward Smith’s biography is so replete with factual errors and specious judgments that an extended set of corrections and remonstrances seems warranted.


Trump’s Counterattacks on GOP’s ‘Failed Washington Elite’ Miss the Mark

The GOP nominee is brushing aside criticism from dozens of senior Republican foreign policy experts by linking them to miscues that took place after they'd left office.


A Member of the Bush Family Finally Backs Donald Trump

Jeb Bush's son breaks with his family with support of Trump.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair holds a press conference at Admiralty House, London, where responding to the Chilcot report he said: "I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know or can believe." PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 6, 2016. Mr Blair said that the report contained "serious criticisms" but showed that "there were no lies, Parliament and the Cabinet were not misled, there was no secret commitment to war, intelligence was not falsified and the decision was made in good faith". See PA story POLITICS Chilcot Blair. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

How ‘The Rock’ May Have Helped Drag Britain Into the Iraq War

Bad action movies can be good sources for fraudulent spies.

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What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?

From Iraq and WMDs to Israel and Palestine to Syria and Russia, how the United States could’ve avoided some of its biggest mistakes.


A Very Unscientific Inquiry Into the Etymology of the Phrase ‘Iron-Ass’

A theory on where former President George H.W. Bush discovered the phrase "iron-ass."

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