January 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The decision to waterboard Al Qaeda prisoners in 2002 was made by CIA managers and government lawyers, and was not initially approved by President George W. Bush, according to a new account by a former CIA lawyer that revises the history of America's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A memoir by John Rizzo, longtime acting general counsel for the CIA, says Bush was not initially informed about the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques that critics later called torture, despite Bush's claim to the contrary in his 2010 book.
December 20, 2013 |
This was the year that George W. Bush, five years after his calamitous presidency, came in from the wilderness and went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to say, "I think I'm a painter. " He presented his host with a grinning portrait, and the audience clapped. The statement was not uttered with the surety of "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best," the much-mocked 2006 message delivered to reporters as a vote of confidence for Donald Rumsfeld, embattled secretary of Defense.
December 8, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Four American presidents, along with more than 60 other world leaders, will travel to South Africa this week to honor former President Nelson Mandela. One man who won't be there is the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama has been denied visas during previous efforts to travel to South Africa, reflecting the sensitivities of China, one of South Africa's most important trading partners. A spokesman for the Buddhist leader, Tenzin Taklha, said the Dalai Lama had no plans to attend, according to South Africa's head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
September 25, 2013 |
That's one way to make a presidential endorsement: George H.W. Bush was a witness to a same-sex marriage in Maine over the weekend. A photo posted on Facebook by one of the brides, Helen Thorgalsen, showed the 41st president -- in his wheelchair and a typically eye-grabbing pair of blue and red socks -- signing Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement's marriage license in Kennebunkport. Voters in Maine passed a referendum to legalize gay marriage in...
August 6, 2013 |
Former President George W. Bush underwent a heart procedure in Dallas and is expected to be released from the hospital in time to resume his normal schedule on Thursday, officials said Tuesday. Bush, 67, had a stent inserted after doctors discovered a blockage in his heart during his annual physical examination on Monday, according to his office. The nation's 43rd president is expected to be released from care on Wednesday. "At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage," spokesman Freddy Ford said.
July 25, 2013 |
As I was leaving the house this morning, I caught a brief "Today" show segment about a bunch of people who shaved their heads to show solidarity for a leukemia patient. Although this thoughtful gesture of support is hardly novel, what made it noteworthy was that one of those going all chrome dome was George H.W. Bush. The back story is that the 2-year-old patient Jason is the son of a member of Bush's Secret Service detail. When the toddler started to lose his hair because of treatments to battle the disease, his dad's co-workers -- and the 89-year-old former commander-in-chief -- decided to lose their locks as a show of support.