Tortured Logic: A Verbatim Critique of the George W. Bush Presidency

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush s, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. "Tortured Logic" shows us, in the words of the participants themselves, how this egregious abuse of power came about. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others including our leading journalists in a narrative sequence in the book s first half, Russomanno allows the story of Bush s imperial presidency to unfold . In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to legalize torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, "Tortured Logic provides a unique critique of the Bush administration."
 

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Contents

CONFLATING 911 WITH IRAQ
WMD
UNRELIABLE SOURCES
A COVERUP THAT FAILED
UNWAVERING PLANS
The House of Cards Collapses
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
EXPLOITING SACRIFICES

PURGE AND PUNISH
3Secrecy and Vice
SPIES LIKE US
4Creating Realities
DISSENT AND DISLOYALTY
A PROPAGANDA COMPANY
Part TwoTHE WAR PRESIDENT
5September 11 RunUp
Stacking the Deck
A PREDETERMINED WAR
911 OPENS THE DOOR
INCONVENIENT TRUTHS AND A PACK OF LIES
8Torture and Rendition
ABU GHRAIB
BLACK SITES
AFTERWORD
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
NOTES
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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