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After George W. Bush, the Deluge

Murray Sayle: Climate change

21 June 2001
Draft Report of the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Nairobi, 4-6 April 2001 
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Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability 
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The Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global Warming 
by David Victor.
Princeton, 192 pp., £12.95, April 2001, 0 691 08870 5
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Managing the Planet: The Politics of the New Millennium 
by Norman Moss.
Earthscan, 232 pp., £16.99, September 2000, 1 85383 644 3
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... occasions, even with regard to this life, real wisdom, and the surest and readiest means of obtaining both safety and advantage. Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments On 13 March President GeorgeW.Bushwrote to four Republican Senators informing them that he would not be ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, aimed at reducing worldwide emissions of ‘greenhouse’ gases, especially carbon dioxide ...

‘Damn right,’ I said

Eliot Weinberger: Bush​ Meets Foucault

6 January 2011
Decision Points 
by George W. Bush.
Virgin, 497 pp., £25, November 2010, 978 0 7535 3966 8
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... In the late 1960s, GeorgeBush Jr was at Yale, branding the asses of pledges to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity with a hot coathanger. Michel Foucault was at the Societé française de philosophie, considering the question ...

Clan Gatherings

Inigo Thomas: The Bushes

24 April 2008
The Bush​ Tragedy: The Unmaking of a President 
by Jacob Weisberg.
Bloomsbury, 271 pp., £16.99, February 2008, 978 0 7475 9394 2
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... fortunes from oil wells near the town of El Dorado in Arkansas in the 1920s, before acquiring rights in the just discovered oilfields of East Texas. Among those who followed in his footsteps were the GeorgeBushes, father and son, both of whom bought oil leases in the hope of generating an unstoppable flow of cash. In The Bush Tragedy, Jacob Weisberg shows how Bush family traits explain some of George...

The God Squad

Andrew O’Hagan: Bushland

23 September 2004
... administration was seeking re-election in return for its having been suitably shocked at the events of 9/11, implying that it had shown great leadership in finding what happened that day very bad. GeorgeW.Bush has boiled doublethink down to a sticky residue: ‘you’re either for us or you’re for the terrorists’ is its central flavour. But choosing New York for the convention was overweening ...

Dad & Jr

Christian Lorentzen: Bushes Jr & Sr

4 December 2014
... It’s been​ five years and ten months. I confess to a bit of nostalgia for the nihilism that came with being governed by GeorgeW.Bush. For all the continuities, Obama arouses more earnest responses: apologetics, disappointment, head-shaking, Occupy, Edward Snowden. Bush’s arrogance has turned out to be that of a man destined to ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: Dick Cheney’s Homepage

18 November 2004
... sides of the vice-president and president. They found Cheney working on a speech in his office in the West Wing, surrounded by ringing phones, a buzzing computer and scurrying aides . . . They found GeorgeBush in the White House gym. He was working out.More paranoid readers may be able to detect some significance in the fact that sends you not to anywhere on the official White House ...

Feeling Right

Will Woodward: The Iowa​ Straw Poll

16 September 1999
... We’re waiting on the front porch of Jack and Sonia Hatch’s three-storey home in Sherman Hill, a desirable district of Des Moines, Iowa. Pillars, parquet flooring, leftish middle-class clutter. It ...

The US is not Hungary

David Runciman: The Midterms

22 November 2018
... be expected for any first-term president. With only a couple of exceptions, all modern presidents have taken a minor or major beating in the middle of their first term. (The two outliers – FDR and GeorgeW.Bush – bucked the trend under the exceptional circumstances of depression and war.) Trump did somewhat better than Truman, Johnson, Clinton and Obama and slightly worse than Eisenhower, Kennedy ...

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David Bromwich: Stirrers Up of Strife

17 March 2016
... anti-immigrant prejudice with appalling consistency, but he has also said the Iraq War brought more harm than good and that the avoidable attack of 11 September 2001 stemmed from the incompetence of GeorgeW.Bush. Sanders, for his part, mentions with pride his vote against the Iraq War and his aim of delivering national healthcare to all Americans. The extreme positions and the truths that can’t be ...

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David Bromwich: Alexander Hamilton’s Worst Idea

24 October 2019
... against him. His distant hope is perhaps to take the question to the Supreme Court, by what route no one can say, and get a judgment by Republican justices on the pattern of the 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore, which broke the election deadlock by appointing GeorgeW.Bush president. It is a desperate ploy; and it could work. Trump told Zelensky the US had been very good to Ukraine, and it would be ...

Ready for a Rematch

Michael Byers: The Bushes and Saddam Hussein

8 February 2001
... tribal lines, to the point where ideological affiliations play an overt role in judicial appointments. Tribalism may soon become the determinating factor in White House decision-making as well, for GeorgeW.Bush and his entourage don’t deal in shades of grey. As far as they’re concerned, the distinctions between good and evil, right and wrong, us and them, are perfectly clear; and within this ...

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Thomas Jones: ‘freedom’

24 July 2003
... has a pretty decent answer. (The Prime Minister must long to have someone like that on his side.) Anglo-Saxon chiefs have changed over the last millennium or so: it’s easy enough to imagine GeorgeW.Bush falling asleep and burning the cakes; harder to see him taking time off from ruining the country to translate a little Neoplatonist philosophy. Not that that stops him bandying the word ...

The War on Tax

Corey Robin: Downgrading Obama

25 August 2011
... The debt crisis confronting the Obama administration is the product of war and taxes. There is little dispute that the origins of the crisis predate Obama’s election. When GeorgeW.Bush took office in 2001, the US had a $2 trillion budget surplus. Many believed that if the country merely continued on the path set by Bill Clinton, the national debt, then $5.7 trillion, would be ...
4 April 2019
... but the forces in America that enable him. Of course, Trump isn’t the first Republican president to evoke a mixture of outrage, horror and derision both at home and abroad. Both Ronald Reagan and GeorgeW.Bushwere accused, in their time, of endangering the legitimacy of the American world order. The cultural conservatism and overt nationalism of the American right is fiercely at odds with bien ...

Jumping the Gun

Michael Byers: Against Pre-Emption

25 July 2002
... We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge.’ Last month, in a commencement speech at West Point, GeorgeW.Bush announced an expansive new policy of pre-emptive military action. The graduating students greeted the announcement with enthusiastic applause, thus demonstrating not only their patriotism, but also a ...

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