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"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality- based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'

Ron Suskind, Without a Doubt, New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2004) logo
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The Bolton appointment makes me think, again, that the fact that we never reckoned with the Bush years and the Iraq war properly has in many ways warped our democracy. Do you agree? Trump is sui generis, but it feels like, in all sorts of different ways, the Bush administration laid some groundwork, and ... Scooter Libby
In the George W. Bush administration, Bolton did a lot more than talk. He twisted arms at the UN trying to oust arms control diplomats like Jose Bustani and Mohamed elBaradei, who (correctly) cast doubt on the administration's false claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Bolton also persuaded ... Scooter Libby
As David correctly recalls, Bolton (with whom I worked in the Bush administration from 2001–2006) spearheaded the Bush administration's efforts in its first term to strangle the fledgling ICC, including by “unsigning” the Rome Statute and strong-arming U.S. allies into signing over one hundred so-called ... Scooter Libby
In the George W. Bush administration, Bolton did a lot more than talk. He twisted arms at the UN trying to oust arms control diplomats like Jose Bustani and Mohamed elBaradei, who (correctly) cast doubt on the administration's false claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Bolton also persuaded ... Scooter Libby
James Mitchell, a psychologist who helped the CIA develop the enhanced interrogation program, told BuzzFeed News that Rodriguez “did the right thing.” But in Congress and upper levels of the CIA and the Bush administration, officials were outraged, according to interviews and declassified CIA records. Scooter Libby
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Well, Mr. Bolton was a major proponent of the invasion of Iraq for — because, you know — supporting the Bush administration's contention that the late dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. That case was based on bogus and exaggerated intelligence, something I did extensive ... Scooter Libby
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President Donald Trump has just ousted his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, and replaced him with former George W. Bush administration official John Bolton. People who've been intently watching the comings and goings of people from the White House might have expected the change. Scooter Libby
Trump Hires Bush Administration Demon John Bolton as New National Security Advisor · Paul Blest ... The New York Times reports that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is resigning, and his replacement is going to be one of the very worst people from the administration of George W. Bush. The Iran ... Scooter Libby
President Donald Trump has appointed John Bolton, the former US envoy to the UN, as his national security adviser, politically reanimating a strident Bush administration neo-conservative. The decision comes as a surprise, not least because Mr Trump was reported to have decided against naming Mr ... Scooter Libby
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Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration, may throw his hat into the Minnesota special election for the Senate seat once held by Al Franken. Painter announced Wednesday that he was starting an exploratory committee to weigh his options for the seat, which is now ... Scooter Libby
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Former presidents and first ladies came together Saturday to honor the life of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92. In a photo captured by Paul Morse, who previously served as a White House photographer during President George W. Bush's administration, the leaders of ...
The photograph was taken by Paul Morse, who served as a White House photographer during President George H.W. Bush's administration. It was originally sent out as a tweet by Bush's current spokesman, Jim McGrath. Trump announced in a statement last week that he would not attend Barbara ...
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Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, blasted the prospect of former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton replacing General H. R. McMaster as President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor. "John Bolton was by far the most dangerous ... Viral
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Over the next few weeks, I want to take a look back at February-March 2003, to those fateful days leading up to the administration of former United States president George W. Bush's disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. I remember all too well the lies that were told, the hysteria that was created, the ... Viral
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Tim DeChristopher, who in 2008 derailed the Bush Administration's last-minute Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas Lease Auction by bidding 1.8 million dollars for 22,000 acres in Utah, spoke to the screening of the award-winning documentary "Bidder 70." It will be shown at the Westminster ... Viral
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The Trump administration has issued three waivers since August, two to build barriers in parts of California and one in part of New Mexico. President George W. Bush's administration issued the previous five waivers, clearing the way for the government to extend barriers to its current 654 miles (1,046 ... Viral


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