How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime

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In a series of columns and essays that renowned journalist and former presidential adviser, Sidney Blumenthal wrote in the three years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a unifying theme began to emerge: that Bush, billed by himself and by many others as a conservative, is in fact a radical - more radical than any president in American history. In "How Bush Rules", Blumenthal provides a trenchant and vivid account of the progression of Bush's radical style - from his reliance on one-party rule and his unwillingness to allow internal debate to his elevation of the power of the vice president. Taking readers through pivotal events such as the hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the rise of the foreign-policy neoconservatives, Abu Ghraib, the war on science, the Jack Abramoff scandal, and the catastrophic mishandling of Hurricane Katrina, the book tracks a consistent policy that calls for the president to have complete authority over independent federal agencies and to remain unbound by congressional oversight or even the law. In an incisive and powerful introduction, Blumenthal argues that these radical actions are not haphazard, but deliberately intended to fundamentally change the presidency and the government. He shows not only the historical precedents for radical governing, but also how Bush has taken his methods to unique extremes. With its penetrating account of a critical new era in American leadership, "How Bush Rules" is a devastating appraisal of the Bush presidency.

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"Sidney Blumenthal . . . understands the workings of the White House. His recently published book, How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime, collects his columns from November 2003 to April 2006, and they provide week-by-week freeze-frames of an array of significant events over the past three years. (They are, in fact, wonderfully insightful probes by a seasoned journalist with insider experience who knows exactly where to look.)" --John Dean, findlaw.com

"Sid Blumenthal [is] the rare analyst of contemporary affairs who brings to his commentary a deep knowledge of American history and political culture. . . . He was one of the people warning us all along about this administration's radicalism. But not enough of us listened or understood." --David Greenberg, TPMCafe

" How Bush Rules is exemplary, convincingly arguing that George W. Bush is 'the most willfully radical president of the United States,' by documenting in real-time the episodes that have made up his presidency. . . . Blumenthal's columns stand the test of time. Even the oldest pieces aren't dated. . . . Blumenthal is . . . original and illuminating. . . . How Bush Rules is a book comprised of timely interventions that is destined to stand the test of time." --Rick Perlstein, In These Times

"As an advisor to President Clinton, the man has an insider's perspective on how the White House works--or in Bush's case, fails--a claim few authors can make." --Billy Kekevian, Philadelphia City Paper

"While lucid and elegant . . . Sidney Blumenthal is . . . savage in his verdict on George W. Bush in this collection of columns and essays from the Guardian and Salon." --Richard Briand, International Affairs

"A fascinating study of the presidency, of presidential decision making, and of the Bush (II) presidency, journalist Sidney Blumenthal's interesting volume theorizes that George Bush is not really a true conservative. . . . The beauty of this book is that it will stimulate countless hours of discussions, debates, and heated arguments. . . . Highly recommended." --Choice

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Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: The Radical President 1

PART ONE: HUBRIS
Mission Accomplished": From the Victory in Iraq to the Defeat of John Kerry

The Intelligence Wars 27
Bush and Blair: Lessons in Leadership 31
How George Transformed Tony's World 34
The Good Soldier 36
An Unlikely Dissident 39
The Hunt for WMD 41
The Madrid Express: 9/11 Meets 9/11 44
The Counterterrorism Czar Comes In from the Cold 46
The White House Has the Last Laugh 48
The Road Map to Nowhere 50
The President Goes Blank 52
The Silence of Colin Powell 54
Pulp Fictions 57
The Secrets of Abu Ghraib 60
The American Military Coup of 2012 63
The Holy Warrior 66
Riding the Trojan Horse 68
The Specter of Vietnam 71
The Reagan Legacy 74
Reagan's Funeral and Clinton's Portrait 76
Cheney's Mask Slips 79
The Senate's Da Vinci Code 82
Code Orange 85
The Oath of True Believers 87
The Rule of Chaos 89
Shock and Awe: The Republican National Convention, Day One 92
Fear and Narcissism: The Republican National Convention, Day Two 95
None Dare Call It Treason: The Republican National Convention, Day Three: 98
"A Certain Swagger": The Republican National Convention,Day Four 100
Staring at Defeat 103
Falls the Shadow 106
"The Right God" 108
"The Lowest Grade of Ignorance" 110
Colin Powell's Final Days 112
Dedication Day 115

PART TWO: NEMESIS I
Catastrophic Success": From the Death of Terry Schiavo to the Vigil of Cindy Sheehan

Mission Misconceived 119
All Hail Caligula's Horse! 122
Medals of Failure 124
Purging Poppy 127
Metrics 129
Regime Change 132
"A Broken Force" 134
The March of Folly 137
Spending Political Capital 140
A Hireling, a Fraud, and a Prostitute 143
The Plot against the New Deal 145
Orwell's Clock 150
The Brilliant Career of Jack Abramoff 153
A Confederacy of Shamans 159
The Passion of the Culture War 162
Politics under Red Robes 166
The Keys of the Kingdom 169
"Serial Abuser" 175
The Good Soldier's Revenge 181
The Incredible Shrinking President 184
Damage 189
Guantanamo 192
The Truth about Torture 199
Deep Throat's Lessons 204
A Broken Body 207
Blinded by the Light at the End of the Tunnel 211
"The Last Throes" 214
The Supreme Chance of a Lifetime 220
Rove's War 223
Tunnel Vision 231
"The Meaning of Words" 234
Above the Rule of Law 238
The Informer 241
Unhappy Holiday 249
Question Time 251

PART THREE: NEMESIS II
Heck of a Job": From the Landfall of Hurricane Katrina to the Revolt of the Generals

Hurricane Katrina 259
"What Didn't Go Right?" 262
"Heck of a Job" 268
From Gulf to Shining Gulf 270
Karen Hughes Takes a Tour 275
Twenty-First-Century Republicanism 278
Judy d'Arc 286
The Conservative Revolt 289
The Indictment of Scooter Libby 292
Cheney's rTial/ 295
Stab in the Back 298
The Long March of Dick Cheney 300
Bob Woodward's Cover-up 307
Condi's Tortuous Trail 310
"The Law is King" 316
Annus Horribilis 322
Bush's War on Professionals 325
Meek,Mild, and Menacing 331
The Republican System 334
The Proconsul's Apologia 343
Bush's Brezhnev Period 345
The Client 349
The Rules of the Game 351
Cheney's Coup 355
A Lincoln Portrait 358
Once More unto the Breach 362
Sex Police Chief Arrested 364
Blood and Sand 367
The Love Song of Francis Fukuyama 372
Apocalypse Now 375
Card Shuffle 378
I, DeLay 382
Tethered Goats 385
The President of Truth 388
The Decider 395

Epilogue: The Passion of George W. Bush 399
Index 405

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