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Remembering McNamara

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AP photo / John Rous

Once again we were in a briefing on body counts, and he was in charge with the latest figures, and once again, any personal responsibility for the deaths seemed to elude him. Finally one understands the desperate shrillness of the anti-war movement, as an attempt to tug at the arm if not the inaccessible soul of this impervious man.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE

Robert McNamara Dies

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara died Monday at the age of 93. McNamara was considered to be the leading architect of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, sometimes referred to as “McNamara’s War,” which left more than 58,000 U.S. troops and 3 million Vietnamese military and civilians dead.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Econorama

Left, Right & Center

For the holiday weekend, the “Left, Right & Center” squad takes a good, hard look at the state of the economy: How did we get here? Who’s to blame? Can it be fixed? Argument, and even entertainment, ensues as Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley do their best to make sense of it all.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE

LRC: Iran on the Brink, Financial Regs, Health Care Snag

Left, Right & Center

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” takes a look at the doings in Iran and U.S. involvement there, with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer recalling his interview of a CIA agent who said he organized the 1953 coup in that country. Other topics include two hot issues on the domestic side—U.S. regulatory proposals and health care.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE

LRC: Iran, Big Bank Payback, Reregulation and Health Care

Left, Right & Center

This week on “Left, Right and Center” the gang tackles three big questions: What do today’s Iranian elections mean in the polarized theocracy? What’s going on in the banking world and with the alleged TARP paybacks? And finally, given the partisan divide, will public health care ever become a viable option in the U.S.? Tune in to find out.

Posted on Jun 12, 2009 READ MORE

Investigating California’s Crisis

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This week on Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines,” Avi Lewis investigates the political causes, the human impact and the global economic repercussions of California’s budgetary crisis. Check out this great report, which features Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Torture a Partisan Issue?

Left, Right & Center

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been reasserting himself, for good or ill, in the public sphere this week. President Obama was ready with his own take on torture, aka “extreme interrogation” methods. Is this a media-enabled setup or a legitimate face-off between executive powers past and present?

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE

Our Loss Is BlackRock’s Gain

BlackRock HQ
AP photo / Mark Lennihan

How much do you know about BlackRock and the hedge funds they manage? Better bone up fast, now that the folks at BlackRock are calling the shots in the government’s trillion-dollar bailout program. BlackRock execs are now directing key elements of the government program at a time when they stand to reap great profits from the fallout of a problem they helped create. 

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE

The Clinton Bubble

Geithner Obama Summers
AP photo / Evan Vucci

Has Timothy Geithner ever had lunch with a non-megamillionaire who has lost his job or home because of the banking meltdown? I ask that question after reading the list of the treasury secretary’s luncheon dates when he was head of the New York Federal Reserve, a list that the government was forced to provide in response to a lawsuit.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Torture, Credit Cards and Chrysler

Left, Right & Center

Even Fox News’ Shep Smith said it: America doesn’t torture ... although the recently released set of torture memos belies that declaration. Meanwhile, President Obama’s none too pleased with credit card companies, and Chrysler has hit the skids. Was there any good news this week? Tony Blankley thinks so.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tea Parties and Torture

Left, Right & Center

Did the nationwide “tea parties” on April 15 constitute a much-needed boost for the Republican base? Was the Obama administration right to release the latest batch of torture memos from the Bush years?

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Big G-20 Debut, Bigger Budget

Left, Right & Center

Did President Barack Obama achieve anything at the G-20 summit besides showing up and pressing the flesh with other international political players? Tony Blankley isn’t so sure, but Robert Scheer and guest moderator Lawrence O’Donnell are ready with their rebuttals. And how about that ginormous budget plan?

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Geithner’s Grand Plan; Obama’s Afghan Quagmire

Left, Right & Center

The clock is ticking for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to come up with a plan to deal with the banks that actually works. Meanwhile, some of the United States’ current struggles seem beside the point to European countries that already have a strong social safety net. And finally on this week’s list of “Left, Right & Center” hot topics is President Obama and Afghanistan: Is this a disaster waiting to happen?

Posted on Mar 28, 2009 READ MORE

Obama’s Toxic Advisers

Obama, Gensler and Tarullo
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who is independent in spirit as well as party label, has placed a hold on President Obama’s nomination of Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Sounds like a minor issue to get worked up about, but I see this appointment as further evidence that the president has entrusted his economic policy to the wrong people.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: AIG Angst; Happy New Year, Iran!

Left, Right & Center

Have the American media become too fixated on AIG and its nefarious bonuses—at the cost of focusing too little on the whereabouts of the other gajillions of dollars doled out in bailout funds? What’s to become of Timothy Geithner? And how about those warm New Year’s wishes that winged their way to the people of Iran from the U.S. and Israel?

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE

Amy Goodman and Robert Scheer: Should Geithner Step Down?

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Truthdig’s Robert Scheer appeared on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to tell host Amy Goodman who exactly sent the U.S. into financial dire straits and to recommend some changes that could put the country on a better track. Here are some hints: One culpable party rhymes with “Shmoldman Shmacks,” and another is at the top of President Obama’s economic team.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Madoff Hauled Off, Cramer Dressed Down

Left, Right & Center

Once again, the economy is front and center on “Left, Right & Center”—and with good reason.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE

Oliver Stone: The Director’s Cut

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The renowned filmmaker visited USC’s Annenberg School for Communication on March 3 to talk with Truthdig editors Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and their students about “Wall Street,” his 1987 classic—suddenly all too relevant again—and to give a panoramic take on his body of work and what the future holds for the movie industry.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Economic Blues, Obama’s Successes

Left, Right & Center

Has there been any good news in recent days? Robert Scheer thinks so and says why on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.” Arianna Huffington, meanwhile, has some questions about Barack Obama’s economic decisions, while Tony Blankley wonders if there aren’t too many banking types in the new government.

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: More Banking Shenanigans, Forestalling Foreclosure

Left, Right & Center

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” finds the full lineup of co-hosts—Matt Miller, Tony Blankley, Arianna Huffington and Robert Scheer—debating the latest developments in the unholy marriage between big banks and the U.S. government, speculating about what might be done about the American auto industry and doing a little on-the-fly analysis of comparative economic systems. Listen and learn.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE

No Tough Love for Wall Street

Geithner
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

What an insipid anticlimax! Rising to “a challenge more complex than our financial system has ever faced,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner promised on Tuesday to give trillions more to the very folks who profited from that malignant complexity.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Are We Stimulated Enough Yet?

Left, Right & Center

Everyone’s a Captol Hill critic these days. Here we have a handful who might just know what they’re talking about when it comes to the stimulus debate: Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller do their darndest to sort out where the money should go.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE

Runaway Wall Street

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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

It is instructional that only one of the three tax-challenged Obama appointees has survived public scorn to claim a high position in the new administration. Oddly enough, it is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the man who will collect our taxes, whose career has not been stunted by his failure to pay them.

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obamarama; Bad Bankers; a Kennedy Is KO’d

Left, Right & Center

Well, here he is, our new Mr. President. How did Barack Obama fare in his first few days in office? Meanwhile, Wall Street flounders, and Caroline Kennedy’s Senate bid falls short at the 11th hour. The “Left, Right & Center” team takes a crack at this week’s news. Audio fixed

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Bye-Bye Bush; Bailout Mania

Left, Right & Center

Ready or not, here comes Barack Obama—let’s hope he’s ready, considering the nature of the action items topping his presidential to-do list.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE

Wall Street Robber Barons Ride Again

Geithner and Summers
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

Why rush to throw another $350 billion of taxpayer money at the Wall Street bandits and their political cronies who created the biggest financial mess since the Great Depression? And why should we taxpayers be expected to double our debt exposure when the 10 still-secret bailout contracts made in the first round are being kept from the public?

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

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AP photo / Khaled Omar

Why is it that there is such widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of President Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state? It is not.

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE

President Bush and the Flying Shoes: A Cautionary Tale

Sadr City protest
AP photo / Karim Kadim

The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist is now a venerated celebrity throughout the Mideast, and his words to the president—“this is the farewell kiss, you dog”—will stand as the enduring epitaph in the region on Bush’s folly, which is the reality of his claimed legacy of success in the war on terror.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE

Republicans Bring Socialism to America

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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Let the record show that it was George W. Bush, the rich Texas Republican, who brought socialism to America, so don’t blame it on that African-American Chicago Democrat community organizer who made it into the White House.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Hey, This Really Is a Recession!

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Should the Big Three U.S. automakers be driven out of Washington (or Detroit) without the financial help they desperately need? What’s to be done about the massive job losses across the country?

Posted on Dec 6, 2008 READ MORE

Will Obama Stay the Course?

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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

I do so want to believe that Barack Obama is on the right track. His brain is big, his style fresh, his pronouncements both logical and compelling, and it does feel good to have a president-elect elicit universal respect rather than make the world cringe.

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE

Obama Chooses Wall Street Over Main Street

Summers and Obama
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Maybe Ralph Nader was right in predicting that the same Wall Street hustlers would have a lock on our government no matter which major party won the election. I hate to admit it, since it wasn’t that long ago that I heatedly challenged Nader in a debate on this very point.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Cars, Clinton and the Cabinet

Left, Right & Center

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” focuses on the economy, of course, with specific attention to the challenges facing the auto industry. Meanwhile, President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet is taking shape and, once again, Hillary Clinton occupies center stage.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008 READ MORE

Change We Can Bank On

Thomson, Paulson and Rubin
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

This is not change we can believe in. Not if Robert Rubin or his protégé, Lawrence Summers, get to call the shots on the economy in President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming administration.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Economy, Front and Center

Left, Right & Center

What’s to be done to pull the U.S. out of economic quicksand? You can bet that “Left, Right & Center” stalwarts Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller might differ in their takes on this question, as well as others posed on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Postelection Live Show

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Just in time for the (post-)election, KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center” panelists Matt Miller, Tony Blankley, Arianna Huffington and Robert Scheer appeared together for a live show at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Sunday, braving a packed house as they took stock of the state of the union and discussed what might come next.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE

Cold War Hawks Nesting With Obama

Georgians for Obama
AP photo / Shakh Aivazov

So, Vladimir Putin was right: It was Georgia that started the war with Russia, and once again it was President Bush who got caught in a lie. No surprise, but it is a reminder of just how eager some are for a new Cold War and how indifferent they are to the truth of the matter. Updated

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The End Is (Hopefully) Near

Left, Right & Center

Arianna Huffington was back on “Left, Right & Center” to have her say, along with Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer, about the economy and the presidential and vice presidential candidates on the show’s last episode before the election.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE

Economic Meltdown: Don’t Say We Weren’t Forewarned

Wall Street crisis
AP photo / Richard Drew

Has the war on terrorism become the modern equivalent of the Roman Circus, drawing the people’s attention away from the failures of those who rule them? Corporate America is a shambles because deregulation, the mantra of our president and his party, has proved to be a license to steal.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE

Earth to McCain: It’s a Crisis

McCain and Gramm
AP photo / Douglas Healey

Gag me with a spoon, as Valley girls used to say. Did you see that McCain-Palin ad promising “tougher rules on Wall Street to protect your life savings, no special interest giveaways”? Just how dumb do they think we are?

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Welcome to the Palin-Dome

Left, Right & Center

Last week marked the official debut of Sarah Palin, now John McCain’s running mate, at the Republican National Convention—not to mention the Alaska governor’s introduction to most of the country. How do her accomplishments stack up? Will she be, as “LRC” co-host Tony Blankley wonders, “gold dust or Kryptonite” for the McCain campaign?

Posted on Sep 6, 2008 READ MORE

Palin’s Alaska Reaps the Windfall Profits McCain Decries

Palin and McCain
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Welcome to the People’s Republic of Alaska, where every resident this year will get a $3,200 payout, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of Sarah Palin, the state’s Republican governor.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’ Looks at Dems in Denver, McCain’s Surprise

Left, Right & Center

In this week’s edition of “Left, Right and Center,” co-hosts Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller weigh in about the Democratic convention in Denver, Barack Obama’s historic nomination acceptance speech, and whether John McCain made a sound decision in choosing wild-card Sarah Palin as his VP.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE

McCain’s Warped Worldview

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AP photo / Gerald Herbert

The world according to John McCain is one in which America is triumphant at home and abroad thanks to the Bush legacy, rolling to victory internationally and mastering its domestic economic problems. If daily news would seem to deny such a rosy scenario, then that only shows skeptics lack the courage that sustained McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE

Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?

McCain and Saakashvili
AP photo, Mary Altaffer / Irakli Gedeniedze, pool

Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival from the grasp of the Russian bear was stoked to influence the U.S. presidential election?

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Are Dems Doomed? Also: China’s Close-Up

Left, Right & Center

In the latest “Left, Right & Center,” Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington and Matt Miller give their takes on the latest events from the campaign trail, the Beijing Olympic Games and who’s getting it right (if anyone) about the mounting energy crisis and how to handle it.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE

Terror From the Inside

anthrax preparedness
AP photo / Kenneth Lambert

The terrorists find all sorts of reasons to hate us. On Aug. 5 came word that the deadliest biological assault on the United States may be linked to the rejection of the terror suspect by a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister decades ago.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE

Sucking Up to the Bankers: A Bipartisan Lovefest

Obama and economic advisers
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

This is a time to condemn the bankers, not to embrace them. They are the scoundrels who got us into the biggest economic mess since the Great Depression, lining their own pockets while destroying the life savings of those who trusted them.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE

Taiwan Declares Peace on China

Chinese flight to Taiwan
AP photo / Greg Baker

You can’t trust the Chinese. I don’t care if you’re talking about those communists on the mainland or the other guys on Taiwan; they just won’t follow the war-games script that our weapons hawks had counted on.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE

Happy Oil Dependence Day

Schumer on oil
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend of patriotic bluster and beer swilling—but before we are too besotted with ourselves—might we also for once consider our imperfections? Why not take a moment to heed the cautions of our founding father, George Washington, whose true legacy will most likely be ignored during the flag-waving weekend?

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE

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