Sustaining Perpetual War: The Bloodless Narrative

Peter Van Buren Editor’s Note: TCP is especially proud to offer an original article by Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well, a compelling account of U.S.-led rebuilding efforts in post-invasion Iraq.  Van Buren, who worked closely with American troops in Iraq, knows the bloody nature of war, which makes him doubly aware of…

Torture: A Conservative Defense of Bush/Cheney

W.J. Astore About seven years ago, I had an impassioned debate with a conservative friend about whether the U.S. had engaged in torture and, if we had, whether it had been effective.  My position was clear: we had engaged in torture, and it was both wrong and counterproductive.  My friend was unconvinced.  His arguments, which…

The Misfortune Teller

Polemical Poetry XI: Remembering Bush’s Iraq War

Michael Murry.  Introduction by William Astore. It’s fascinating to witness Republican candidates for president continuing to swing and miss as they’re tossed softball questions about George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Jeb Bush was first at bat.  He initially said he’d invade Iraq all over again; then he got testy about answering “hypothetical”…