George W. Bush

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Objecting to Charlie Hebdo cartoons doesn’t make you a terrorist

8 January 2015 17:04

The French liberal-left and George W Bush are not natural bedfellows, but today the former are sounding just a little bit like the latter. The ‘Je suis Charlie’ banners they… Continue reading


‘Torture is torture’ ignores the complex nature of intelligence gathering

14 December 2014 10:11

On Thursday I was on the BBC’s ‘This Week’ to talk about the CIA and torture. It is, for many reasons, perhaps the most gruesome subject possible. And not just… Continue reading

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The CIA’s torture regime shames the United States. It will not be forgotten

10 December 2014 10:34

We knew and we knew years ago. Anyone who has been paying attention has known for a long time that the CIA committed appalling acts of brutality in the years… Continue reading


I’m a middle-aged man and I love colouring books

25 November 2014 18:45

A few years ago, you may remember, the distressing news went round that George W. Bush’s library had burned down. Both books had been destroyed, and what was worse he… Continue reading

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Obama was the Republicans’ greatest weapon last night. What will they do without him?

5 November 2014 12:45

Anchorage, Alaska You don’t mean a thing if your state’s not a swing, goes the saying in American elections. But if it is a swing, then a whirlwind of money,… Continue reading

An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them. It has improved some things in Afghanistan – better roads,… Continue reading

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‘Unfunded tax cuts’: a verbal disease from America

7 October 2014 19:54

The notion of ‘unfunded tax cuts’ seems set to be a central theme in next year’s election. David Cameron’s promise last week to raise the income threshold for the 40 per cent tax rate has… Continue reading


Now that Iraq really is threatened by jihadists, should we intervene?

12 June 2014 12:37

The war on terror has gone not necessarily to our advantage. For the second time in a dozen years the land of Abraham has been invaded by a partly-British army,… Continue reading

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Tories and ethnic minorities: lessons from George W Bush

7 May 2014 12:52

Dan Hannan makes many good points in today’s Telegraph as he considers the Conservatives’ grim failure to attract support from black and ethnic minority voters. This isn’t merely a problem… Continue reading

US President George W. Bush (R) listens as British

The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it first sat has persuaded me I was wrong to think… Continue reading

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The Rehabilitation of George W Bush: A Sisyphean Task

25 April 2013 11:20

Freddy Gray is quite correct: the drive to rehabilitate George W Bush is suspicious. It is also a dog that won’t hunt. It is true that recent opinion polls have… Continue reading

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The suspiciously sudden rehabilitation of George W. Bush

24 April 2013 14:21

Are we hearing the opening chords of the George W. Bush redemption song? The Atlantic thinks so. This week he’s opening his huge presidential library, and a new Washington-ABC poll shows that… Continue reading


Picking sides in Syria, the Algerian experience

14 November 2012 16:24

Some thirty-five years ago, in 1977 to be exact, I first published A Savage War of Peace, a definitive history of France’s war in Algeria. The war dragged on from… Continue reading

With the elections over, Speaker Boehner and President Obama have resumed negotiations aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff. Picture: Getty Images

Briefing: The US fiscal cliff

9 November 2012 15:49

With the elections over and Barack Obama returned to the White House for four more years, the attention of US politicians has turned to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ — a… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney is no George W Bush. That’s a problem.

19 September 2012 19:44

Failed presidencies have long half-lives. Just ask Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis. Jimmy Carter’s legacy wasn’t the only reason they lost but they certainly received no assistance from the great… Continue reading


Interview: John R. MacArthur on the US election

19 September 2012 10:06

When Barack Obama entered the White House in January 2009, millions of citizens across the United States believed it was a new dawn for the American political system. Obama promised… Continue reading

Obama Accepts Nomination On Final Day Of Democratic National Convention

Conventional wisdom says the conventions are awful. Conventional wisdom is correct. - Spectator Blogs

7 September 2012 13:23

My friend Kerry Howley heroically tried to find something nice to say about the conventions now mercifully past; I’m made of cheaper stuff and have written a piece for Foreign… Continue reading


Blooper reels won’t dethrone Obama

26 April 2012 15:41

This compilation of President Obama’s gaffes is going viral, as they say.     Quite amusing. There’s something satisfying about seeing that ‘President Cool’  isn’t such a smooth operator. Obama… Continue reading


The Difficult Matter of Praising George W Bush

5 December 2011 22:44

Will Inboden is frustrated that Barack Obama so rarely has anything nice to say about President George W Bush even when his administration has benefitted from US policies Obama inherited… Continue reading

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Whether she runs or not, Palin won’t be President

2 June 2011 12:49

Mitt Romney may be announcing his candidacy today, but the real buzz still surrounds Sarah Palin. Will she run for the Presidency or not? She’s certainly keeping us guessing. Alex… Continue reading


From the archives: Bush in London

27 May 2011 17:55

You may have noticed that Barack Obama came to the country on a state visit this week. But he wasn’t the first US President to be extended an invitation from… Continue reading


Alan Greenspan doesn’t exist

23 May 2011 18:08

Five years have passed since Alan Greenspan stepped down from the most influential banking job in the world. (Now that’s how to leave at the right time.) Described in books,… Continue reading


Osama Bin Laden’s death: the world responds

2 May 2011 10:32

We have already seen Barack Obama’s statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden. Below is more reaction from across the world: David Cameron: “The news that Osama Bin Laden… Continue reading


A new dawn for Dubya?

12 February 2011 11:23

Who is the unsung hero of the Egyptian revolution? Why, the 43rd President of the United States of course. (And, presumably, Tony Blair as well.) Reuel Marc Gerecht leapt to… Continue reading


Democracy is now Halal

7 February 2011 11:29

The popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have exposed as nonsense the notion, held in many quarters, that Middle Easterners – be they Arabs, Persians, Muslims and Christians – are… Continue reading