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Bush, 9/11, and Iraq: Trump gets it right

Donald Trump is adding value to the presidential campaign by calling former President George W. Bush to account for 9/11 and the Iraq war.


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Cruz and Rubio: Heirs to Bush-Obama militarism

I see no point splitting hairs over whether Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio is the more egregious warmonger. Both love the bloody and costly U.S. empire.


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David Swanson: Cities of the world, unite against nations’ wars

What if the worst result of George W. Bush’s war lies is that people stop taking seriously the danger of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of lunatics?


Is U.S. better off for Iraq? Trump, surprisingly, is the voice of Republican reason

Going head on at a question about the fallout from the Iraq war would seem to be as fun for a Republican on a live TV debate as a root canal.


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Obama’s legacy will not be one of peace

The Financial Times recently reported that Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama has conducted ten times more drone strikes than his predecessor George W. Bush. As far as we can tell, that number is somewhere in the ballpark of 500 strikes and spans a wide array of countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya.


Andy Schmookler: Thinking about George W. Bush

When I think of George W. Bush growing up in that family of origin of his, I think of him as being in a troubled position. Problems with the father seem pretty clear. I’m not sure how it was with the mother, but I can imagine some humiliation (hence emasculation).


Chris Graham: A big waste of time

You want to know what’s wrong with this country? It’s not that we can’t agree on what direction we need to go in to get business running as close to full capacity as possible, get our kids the best educations, make sure that we all have access to the best health-care system in the world, and the rest


Chris Graham: History repeating itself

The president is getting strong backing from his party. His election opponent is mainly getting the support of people who don’t like the president. The challenger is a Massachusetts liberal with a record of flip-flopping on key issues. Is it 2012 … or 2004


And your favorite president of the last 50 years is …

John F. Kennedy. This according to the responses to a question on a national survey done by Public Policy Polling last week. Kennedy had a net favorability rating of +59 – with 74 percent of those surveyed expressing approval of Kennedy and 15 percent expressing disapproval. Coming in second was Ronald Reagan – with a […]


Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion – Ghostbusters Edition

If there’s something strange/In your neighborhood Who you gonna call? United States Navy SEAL Team Six! That’s who! I emailed a good friend of mine whose brother was one of the victims of the World Trade Center attack and asked how his family was doing after learning Usama bin Swimming with the Fishes. His reply […]


David Reynolds: Tony got it right

Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net     Before I get hit by an 18-wheeler on 81, I would like to leave this world with a little truth. It has been 94 months since the United States, Great Britain and our allies decided that there was no recourse but to get rid of the […]


The case for a strong estate tax

   Column by Brian Miller Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net On New Year’s Day the estate tax, an essential part of the U.S. tax system for nearly 100 years, will disappear because Congress failed to act in December. Congressional leaders now are pledging to act in early 2010 to reinstate the federal estate tax retroactive to […]


W.R. Marshall | Here there be dragons

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when folks hadn’t ventured too far from their old world shores. They didn’t like to lose sight of land when taking a three-day gambling junket or heading out to invade Troy. Even when Columbus was about to “cross the ocean blue” there were still plenty […]


Chris Graham | How? vs. How Much?

We’re running a few minutes behind to get to the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to hear former President Bill Clinton, and my wife, Crystal, is at wit’s end. We’d spent the sunny, springlike afternoon with my college roommate and his wife in Richmond and taken our swanky dinner clothes with us to change there instead of being […]


Stop the Presses | The death of the Dems

We can’t leave well enough alone. Barack Obama won the keys to the White House, and our liberal and progressive friends are fretting over how he’s going to govern. We’re going to be Republicans fighting each other to the death before you know. Stop the Presses commentary by AFP editor Chris Graham. Length: 2:18.


Chris Graham | ‘W.’ as art, ‘Religulous’ as divine inspiration

“I don’t know. She said she fell asleep, it was so bad.” This was the warning from my wife after one of our friends saw an early screening of Oliver Stone’s “W.,” a chronicle of the life and times of the 43rd President of the United States of America, who thankfully is weeks away from […]


As blue as the Blue Ridge will allow it to be

The Northern Virginia numbers were what turned it Election Night, but don’t be misled by the TV drama that is Election Night. Because Barack Obama wouldn’t have won Virginia if he hadn’t done as well as he did in the Fifth and Sixth congressional districts.


Waynesboro: Traveling museum on Bush years to stop downtown

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A museum on wheels dedicated to the legacy, such that it is, of the George W. Bush years will be in Waynesboro on Friday. The Bush Legacy Bus will make a stop at the Democratic Committee Election Headquarters in Willow Oak Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 45-foot, […]


David Reynolds: Why it happened

Column by David Reynolds Greed. That’s OK for a one-word answer. But the editor allots me 800 words each week, so I should say a little more. I could say that before their sudden death, the investment banks were not subject to the same regulatory controls we place on commercial banks. But that is still […]


9/11: Bin Laden’s Victory

Column by W.R. Marshall Gen. David Patraeus is leaving Iraq. Osama Bin Laden has won. A simple declarative statement — and an unfortunately true one. The victory was handed to him by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al; the Neocon architects of the now ironically entitled “War against Terror.” A war that was lost before it […]


Winners and Losers: June 27, 2008

Compiled by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net LOSERS: You, me and everybody we know The State Corporation Commission said today that it has approved Dominion Virginia Power’s request for an 18 percent rate hike. Yippee. The average residential utility bill will go up $16.61 a month with the rate increase. The good news – Dominion deferred about […]


Go east, young comrade, go east

Dull Ache column by W.R. Marshall Dmitry Medvedev, the new Russian president (and Vladimir Putin’s handpicked successor), has taken his first official trip, and just two weeks being sworn in on May 7. No, he didn’t land back in the USSR. Medvedev, showing the world who really matters, headed east and went to Beijing for […]


Santayana? Ain’t he that fella in the red suit?

Dull Ache column by W.R. Marshall I was holding off on writing this column, waiting for the results from Indiana and North Carolina, then I realized nothing is going to change, in spite of what Russert said. At this point I’m pretty sure Hillary has exercised the “nuclear option,” and she’s hell bent on destroying […]