George W. Bush

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Report: Detailed Warnings About 9/11 Were Ignored

'I think they were mentally stuck'

(Newser) - “It was very evident that we were going to be struck, we were gonna be struck hard, and lots of Americans were going to die,” former CIA counterterrorism chief Cofer Black recalls about the months before 9/11. Politico has an exclusive look from Chris Whipple into how the... More »

Elder Bush's Book Sets Off Rare Family Disagreement

Sons George and Jeb backtracking from father's views

(Newser) - The elder George Bush's surprising public slam of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld has resulted in what the Washington Post sees as a rarity: a "public quarrel," or something close to it, among a family known for its loyalty. Sons Jeb and George were busy trying to... More »

Bush Sr. Slams Cheney, Rumsfeld in New Book

'Iron-ass' advisers 'served the president badly'

(Newser) - George HW Bush has finally broken his silence on what he thought about his son's administration—and it turns out he was no fan of Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld. In Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, the senior Bush tells biographer Jon Meacham... More »

Blair: Yes, Iraq War Led to Rise of ISIS

But former PM contends that toppling Saddam was still the right thing to do

(Newser) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the US-led invasion of Iraq was partly responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State in the Middle East. But he insisted that toppling dictator Saddam Hussein had been the right thing to do. Blair told CNN that "there are elements... More »

Dubya on Ted Cruz: 'I Just Don't Like the Guy'

Remarks against brother's rival at donor event surprise attendees

(Newser) - Finally, someone other than Donald Trump is annoying the GOP establishment. Former President George W. Bush attended a donor event for brother Jeb's campaign Sunday in Denver, and according to a handful of attendees, Dubya had a lot to say about Ted Cruz, who served as a domestic policy... More »

Trump Maybe Just Blamed Bush for 9/11

'The World Trade Center came down during his reign'

(Newser) - On Friday, Donald Trump espoused a belief that is taboo among Republicans and off limits for even most Democrats: that George W. Bush bears some responsibility for the attacks on 9/11, Politico reports. During an interview with Bloomberg , the GOP presidential frontrunner was asked if he would be able to... More »

Jeb Bush: My Brother Accomplished Mission in Iraq

He won't rule out return to torture

(Newser) - George W. Bush left Iraq in pretty good shape, only for President Obama to mess it all up, according to Jeb Bush. The candidate, speaking at a national security forum in Iowa yesterday, continued to defend his brother's war record, arguing that "taking out Saddam Hussein turned out... More »

George Bush Shows Up for Jury Duty

He doesn't get picked, though

(Newser) - Potential jurors in downtown Dallas today got a surprise today when George W. Bush showed up at court after being summoned for jury duty along with them. “He was very personable, very friendly, just, 'Hey I’m here to serve,’" another potential juror, Sheri Coleman, tells... More »

New Photos Show How Bush, Cheney Reacted on 9/11

National Archives releases the images following an FOIA request

(Newser) - There are many images from 9/11 that endure. The National Archives has just added 356 more photos to our visual archive of the day with yesterday's release of images taken by Dick Cheney's staff photographer. The description of the album, viewable on Flickr , specifies that it contains photos... More »

Bush Quietly Earns $175K Per Speech

He uses confidentiality agreements to keep fees hush-hush

(Newser) - Bill and Hillary Clinton have been chastised for their hefty speaking fees while George W. Bush flies under the radar. The former president has made millions from at least 200 engagements in which he pocketed $100,000 to $175,000 for about an hour on stage, Politico reports. Among... More »

Report: Psych Group Helped Bush Justify Torture

APA propped up Bush administration's interrogation program, critics say

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA prisoner torture caused a massive stir in December, and now that pot is boiling over once more. A report by a group of what the New York Times calls "dissident health professionals and human rights activists" claims that the American Psychological... More »

Jeb Bush: 'I'm My Own Man'

Possible 2016 candidate seeks to distinguish himself from HW, Dubya

(Newser) - He's got two former presidents—and about two dozen top-level advisers to those presidents—by his side, but Jeb Bush says he's got his own foreign-policy views. "I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had... More »

NYT: Obama Must Prosecute CIA Torture

'Looking forward' no excuse for lack of accountability: editorial

(Newser) - The Senate report on CIA torture has revealed both despicable acts and a "fabricat(ed) legal foundation" for them, and it's time for those responsible to be held accountable, the New York Times editorial board writes. "No amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in... More »

Why Bush Should Be Pardoned for Torture

ACLU thinks it's the only way to stop future torture

(Newser) - A Senate panel's report on the CIA's use of torture lays out a "blueprint for criminal investigations" of George W. Bush and others, writes ACLU chief Anthony D. Romero in the New York Times . And while that argument might not be surprising coming from the ACLU, this... More »

Rep: CIA Torture Report Will Cause 'Violence, Deaths'

Mike Rogers says release of report is 'terrible idea,' will wreak havoc overseas

(Newser) - It's not a total surprise that the CIA used torture to question al-Qaeda detainees in the years following 9/11—Obama himself acknowledged over the summer that "we tortured some folks," CBS News notes. But the details of a Senate Intelligence Committee report that may be released as... More »

Bush: Garner Verdict 'Hard to Understand'

Former president discusses reaction to chokehold video

(Newser) - George W. Bush has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the chokehold death of Eric Garner , calling a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo "hard to understand." In a CNN interview, Candy Crowley asked Bush about his reaction to video showing Garner's... More »

Guy Who Hacked Bush Family, Celebs: 'What I Did Was Right'

'Guccifer' points to worldwide Illuminati conspiracy as justification

(Newser) - The hacker known as Guccifer, whose exploits brought the world such images as George W. Bush's self-portrait in the shower , doesn't regret his actions: "OK, I broke the law, but seven years in a maximum-security prison? I am not a murderer or a thief," he tells... More »

Dubya Once Went on a Date With Tricia Nixon

Ex-president reveals personal anecdotes in new 'love story' book about his dad

(Newser) - He knocked over a glass of wine at dinner and was coolly asked by his date not to smoke. It would appear to be any typical bad first date, except the "he" was a young George W. Bush and his unimpressed date was Tricia Nixon, daughter of the then-president.... More »

Dubya on Jeb 2016: 50-50 Odds

Former governor 'wrestling with the decision,' says former prez

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush is giving even odds about whether another Bush will try to occupy the White House. Brother Jeb, a former Florida governor, is "wrestling with the decision" of running for the Republican nomination in 2016, George W. Bush says. "I think it's 50-50,... More »

Tennis Star: George W. Bush Beer Bender Led to DUI

John Newcombe breaks silence on 1976 ticket

(Newser) - Mere days before the US presidential election in 2000, George W. Bush admitted to an old DUI arrest. Now the details of that beer-guzzling night are leaking out, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "George was a bit of a party boy in those days," former tennis champion John... More »

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