George W. Bush

The Jeb Bush family nostalgia tour isn’t working

16 February 2016 11:27

Remember when Tony Blair begged Labour supporters not to go for Jeremy Corbyn? Remember how well that turned out? Yesterday…

If comedians can’t take a politically incorrect joke, who can?

10 June 2015 10:22

Jerry Seinfeld’s takedown of the political correctness of today’s youth should give us all pause for thought. In an interview…

Why elections are bad for your health

6 May 2015 10:30

The excitement and anxiety was tangible during the election of 1997. Even as a child I was able to pick…

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

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…

‘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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…