Robert Scheer, a contributing editor to The Nation, is editor of Truthdig.com and author of The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (Nation Books), The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America (Twelve) and Playing President (Akashic Books). He is author, with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press.) His weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Barack Obama and the Democrats he led to a stunning victory two years ago are going down hard in the face of an economic crisis that he did nothing to create but which he has failed to solve.
The irrational attack on Muslims everywhere by the GOP’s leadership is not only deeply subversive with regard to the American ideal of religious tolerance but also poses a profound threat to our national security.
The corruptions of journalism were on full display when CNN’s Fareed Zakaria turned to Robert Rubin this past Sunday for advice on how to fix the financial crisis.
While Obama is scorned for relying too heavily on Clintonista alums for policy direction, the whitewashing of the Clinton legacy is on in earnest.
What WikiLeaks did was brilliant journalism, and the bleating critics from the president on down are revealing just how low a regard they have for the truth.
With their lock-step vote against extending unemployment benefits, the Republicans are indelibly marked as not only heartless but also frivolous.
Billionaires and corporate moguls are claiming Obama is anti-business. Think again.
At this point, the only way the economy is going to turn around is if Obama's economic hotshots grant professionally damaging interviews to journalists who won't paper over their mistakes. Perhaps then the president would have the gumption to fire the misleaders of his economic team.
Peace has descended on the most contentious point of conflict between East and West for the past six decades, the standoff between Taiwan and mainland China—but don’t expect the folks at the Pentagon or their military contractors to celebrate.
Firing McChrystal is not nearly as important as doing away with his counterinsurgency policies.