Dear Reader: For archival purposes, I have divided my long list of articles into
"Diaries"/"Memos," peeks into
the personal thoughts of US and other world leaders.
The "Shallow Throat"
Conversations, where a high-ranking GOP mole spills the beans about
what's really going on inside the Bush Administration.
The "Dummies"/"Primers," where
truths are revealed in a form that may seem familiar to those who've
read the "... for Dummies" books.
Satires, Fantasias & Parables,
where various fictions take us closer to the reality behind actual
Books and Films.
Essays and Analyses. In
this, the longest of the sections, all commentary is
reverse-chronologically listed, meaning the most recent appear first and
then work their way back.
favorite articles are listed separately here.
A Peek Inside Sarah Palin's Diary. (December 22,
Peeks Into the Diaries of the Candidates and Hank Paulson.
(October 7, 2008)
Inside Bush's Diary: Lame Ducks & Lame Dems
(July 22, 2008)
Rove's Diary: Just Try to Stop Me,
Coppers! (August 7, 2007)
Inside Alberto Gonzales' Diary:
My Dementia Defense (April 24, 2007)
Rove's Diary: Strangle That Censure Baby.
Libby's Diary: Come And Get Me, Coppers! (November 1, 2005)
Karl Rove's Diary:
Escaping the Lame-Duck Trap. (June 7, 2005)
Rove's Modest Proposal: How to Initiate a
Stealth Draft. (January 4, 2005)
Election Diary: Taking Care of the Blue People.
(November 8, 2004)
Rove's Campaign Diary: "Time for Those
(July 13, 2004)
Inside Karl Rove's Diary:
Spinning the Web of Victory (January
Inside Bush's Diary: "Things Are Spinning Out of Control!" (October
Inside Karl Rove's Diary:
"Things Aren't Going So Well" (September
A Peek Inside Bush's Post-War Diary: "F*** Impeachment!" (June 16, 2003)
Paul Wolfowitz's Confidential Memo on Post-Iraq Plans -- A
Satire (April 14, 2003)
Damn Powell! Let's Roll!
(March 13, 2003)
Inside Saddam Hussein's War Diary:
Hot Damn! It's Showtime! (January 16,
Karl Rove's Election-Night Diary. (November
"I Don't Have to Show
You No Stinkin' Anything!" (August
Inside Bush's Diary: The Sucking Sound of Quicksand.
(July 25, 2002)
A Peek Inside Dick Cheney's Personal
Diary. (June 20, 2002)
Confidential Memo from Kenny Boy to Georgie Boy:
"Welcome to the Club!" (May 24, 2002)
A Peek Inside Colin Powell's Personal Diary.
(May 3, 2002)
Another Peek Inside Osama bin Laden's Diary.
(March 29, 2002)
Inside Bush's Diary: Bobbin' and
Weavin' Over Enron. (January 29, 2002)
A Peek Inside Osama bin Laden's Diary.
(January 9, 2002)
A Peek Inside Bush's Personal Diary: Notes on the War.
(November 27, 2001)
"Shallow Throat": Has "The Revolution" Started?
(November 10, 2011)
"Shallow Throat": Obama, the GOP and "Potomac Fever".
(March 24, 2010)
"Shallow Throat" On Obama and GOP Obstructionism
(January 27, 2009)
"Shallow Throat": Is Obama Turning Into Bush Lite?
Throat" On Obama and GOP Obstructionism (January 27)
"Shallow Throat": McCain Is a "Catastrophe Waiting to Happen"
(August 12, 2008)
"Shallow Throat" Sizes Up the Dem/GOP Candidates.
February 5, 2008)
"Shallow Throat": Dems' Cave-In Is Truly Scary.
(May 27, 2007)
Playing Chicken on the Big Stage. (April 2, 2007)
Throat": Don't Let Dems Drink Bush's Iraq Kool-Aid. (December
Throat" on Nov. Vote: It's Now or Never. (August 8, 2006)
"Shallow Throat" on the GOP Meltdown: Turn Up the Heat!
(May 16, 2006)
"Shallow Throat": Do Dems Have a Death-Wish?
(January 17, 2006)
Throat": Ratchet It Up, Take 'Em Down. (November 8, 2005)
"Shallow Throat:" Wounded,
Cornered Animals are Dangerous. (June 21, 2005).
"Shallow Throat": Reports from the Slimy Bush World.
(February 22, 2005)
A Gleeful Shallow Throat Reveals
"Rehnquist's Defeat-Bush Memo." (September 6, 2004)
Shallow Throat to Kerry:
Don't Torture Bush, Just Abuse Him.
(June 23, 2004)
Shallow Throat to Dems: "One Chance, Don't Blow It"
(February 10, 2004)
"Shallow Throat" Tells How Bush Can be
Defeated in 2004. (September 30, 2003)
"Shallow Throat" Advises Democrats to Bring It On Big-Time.
(July 18, 2003)
"Shallow Throat" Returns to Tell Dems How to Take Bush Down.
(May 12, 2003)
Throat:" Bush & Co. Arrogance Will Lead to their Undoing.
(December 11, 2002)
"Shallow Throat" Savages Dem Leaders and Reveals Bush
Strategy. (October 16, 2002)
Reveals Bush & Co.'s Weak Spots. (June 9, 2002)
A Current Events Primer,
May-2005 Edition. (May 17, 2005)
A Primer in Quagmires: The Iraq &
Vietnam Debacles. (January 11, 2005)
Bush's 2004 Scandals for Dummies.
(June 8, 2004)
Current Events for Dummies.
Us-Iraq Policy for Dummies.
(April 28, 2003)
2002 Politics Summed Up for
Dummies. (December 19, 2002)
Bush's War on Iraq for Dummies.
(October 4, 2002)
The Bush 9/11 Scandal for
Dummies (June 1, 2002)
The Intifadeh and Israel for Dummies
(April 16, 2002)
"The Middle East for Dummies"
(March 18, 2002)
"The 'War on Terrorism' for Dummies"
(March 3, 2002)
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Bush's Testimony Before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
(June 10, 2008)
At His Shrink: The Lame-Duck Session. (May 20, 2008)
A Western Fable:
Waist-Deep in the Big Muddy (Again). (March 25, 2008)
George's Christmas Carol.
(December 18, 2007)
Bush At His Shrink: The Nightmares Continue.
(September 11, 2007)
(June 26, 2007)
GOP Elders Take That Long Walk to the White House: Transcript.
(January 30, 2007)
Dick Cheney's "Modest Proposal" to Round Up More Troops (Satire).
(January 16, 2007)
Chestnuts Roasting in an Iraqi Fire (A Fantasia).
(November 28, 2006)
Bush's Post-Election Session With His Shrink.
"The Flying Wi-Fi" --
Working Out the Bugs (September 12, 2006)
Bush Awards Himself the Medal of Freedom.
Intercepted NSA Communiques Revealed (Fiction) (July 4,
Cheney Testifies before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
(May 23, 2006)
Bush Visits His Shrink,
Session #2. (April 11, 2006)
Bush Takes Heat on Oprah's Couch (A Satire)
(February 7, 2006)
Secret Torture-Prisons: A Modest Proposal. (December 13)
Flash: GOP Swept from Power in 2006: Impeachment Looms. (May
Gets Grilled at Truth & Reconciliation Hearing,
(March 22, 2005)
for Answers to What Ails Us: The Incident (Fiction).
(March 8. 2005)
Secret Rightwing Agenda Unearthed &
The Liberal Resurgence (Fiction?) (February 15, 2005)
Bush's Inaugural Address -- After a Spritz of "B.S. Away!"
(January 18, 2005)
Rehearses for Debates: The Mysterious Transcript.
(October 27, 2004)
The Great Pall & Its Fall: A
Not-So-Grim Tale. (September 13, 2004)
Transcript of Bush/Cheney Testimony Before
the 9/11 Commission -- A Satire. (April
Up, Up and "B.S. Away!"
(April 13, 2004)
"B. S. Away!" -- The Miracle Truth-Spray
(February 17, 2004)
How War was Averted at the
Last Minute: Bush's "Victory" Speech. (March
Spot on the Johnny: The
Latest Anti-Terror Weapon. (December 29, 2002)
Advance Draft of Bush's Astounding 9/11-Anniversary
Speech. (August 22, 2002)
The "Alice Documents": Inside the Mideast Negotiating
Room. (April 10, 2002)
A Candid Interview With President Bush: A Fantasia of
Hope. (March 26, 2002)
The "Shallow Throat" Documents: A Pre-9/11 Scenario.
(February 21, 2002)
Anger at President Gore's War Actions. (November 15,
Bush Should Have Said. (October 14, 2001)
Entering the Scary "Lacuna" of American Politics: A Review of
Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna" (March 4, 2010)
Barton Gellman's "Angler": The Rise and (Finally!) Fall of Dick
Cheney (March 10, 2009)
Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine": Corporatism in Extremis
(April 15, 2008)
Rajiv Chandrasekeran "Imperial Life in the Emerald City": Origins of
the Iraq Disaster (March 6, 2007)
The Fast Lane to Fascism: A Review of John Dean's "Conservatives
Without Conscience" (August 1, 2006)
Daniel Ellsberg's "Secrets" and Bush's War: An Intersecting History
(May 25, 2004)
Germany in 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism: A Review of Sebastian
Haffner's "Defying Hitler" (June 9, 2002)
"The Hurt Locker": When Great Art Meets Lousy Politics (March 9,
Sidney Pollack, Scott McClellan, and the Wars for Oil: A Review of
the film "Three Days of the Condor (June 3, 2008)
Robert Redford, Julie Taymor: America at War: Review of films "Lions
for Lambs" and "Across the Universe" (November 20, 2007)
George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" -- Joe McCarthy Rides
Again (October 18, 2005)
Robert S. McNamara, Colin Powell and Errol Morris' "The Fog of War"
(January 27, 2004)
Letter to European
Friends: Understanding "The Stupid" in U.S. Politics. (October16)
The Momentous Confrontation in Turkey
Revolution? (March 22)
An Activist Chooses to be Active.
A Modest Proposal: Bring Back the Inquisition! (February 18)
Whirlpool of Crazy: A Letter to European Friends. (July
Water Is Wide: Building a Revolution.
Sounds of Silence: Reactions to Political Despair"
WTF?: A Letter to Appalled and Puzzled European Friends.
(October 20, 2010)
"Let's Get Real About the November Election"
Come the Revolution: Are We There Yet? (August 4)
Potholes, Petroleum, Pashtuns: Afghanistan As a Local Issue.
The Incendiary Danger of
Bibi as Bullyboy.
Mr. Obama, Tear Down This War!
Rage and Rebellion: How Will the Left Respond? (April 27)
What Happens When We Don't See the Tipping Points
"The Hurt Locker": When Great Art Meets
Lousy Politics." (March 10)
Entering the Scary "Lacuna" of American Politics. (March 4)
Can the Ticking Middle East Conflict Be Defused?
Drifting Toward Catastrophe: A Seven-Headed Beast.
Behind the Veils of Power: Hope for Progressives.
Great Trauma As a Great Teacher: Peering Into the New Year.
Moral Imperative to Change "The System"
(December 9, 2008)
the GOP, Economic Meltdown May Have Happened a Wee Bit Early.
When a Country Gets Lost -- And Finds Its Way Back
Through the Coming Depression. (November 18)
Progressives Have Leverage NOW: Use It Or Lose It.
Election Could Transform the Country, the GOP, and Capitalism.
A 10-Point Primer for Wavering Voters. (October 21,
Foundational Dry-Rot the Work of Greedy GOP Termites.
Twenty-Six Things We Now Know Seven Years After 9/11.
Violating Someone's "Sphere of Influence" Can Be Dangerous.
and Criminality About Justice Department and Georgia -- "So?"
to Democrats Abroad: The Weird Presidential Race at Midsummer.
McCain's Painful Dilemma: Iraq as Vietnam 2.0 (July 29)
McCain and Obama Campaigns Bedeviled by Iraq
The Coming Attack on Iran: A
Perfect Storm of Madness (July 1)
Homage to Izzy Stone: Secrets & Lies
Increasing Signs of GOP Desperation. (June 17)
Sidney Pollack, Scott McClellan, and the Wars for Oil.
Dumpster-Diving for GOP Quotes (And Their Hidden Meanings).
Your 'Crazy' U.S. Politics?" -- A Letter to European Friends.
Now Or Apocalypse Later?
Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine": Corporatism in Extremis. (April
Go Bump in My Night. (April
Peace May Be
Possible In the Post-Bush Middle East.
Better Buckle Up! -- CheneyBush's Final 10 Months.
Beyond CheneyBush: A Realistic
(Cynical?) View of Change (February 19)
The Sputtering But Still
Dangerous CheneyBush Juggernaut.
On Running Mates & Other
Hampshire: U.S. Elections Still in SNAFU Mode.
Two Roads Diverging in 2008:
Which Way Will We Go? (January 8)
Bush's Nuclear-Boogeyman Scam
Annapolis & "The Surge":
Spinning a Legacy.
CheneyBush Burned Again: Too
Near the Plame."
Robert Redford, Julie Taymor: America At War.
Perversions of Power.
Incremental Steps to "The
Revolution". (November 6)
A "Two-Headed Party."
Power of a Dime. (October 30)
But WHY Are Our Dem Leaders Such
Timid Wimps? (October 23)
Will Democrats Commit Political Suicide in 2008?
to the 2008 Election: Confusion, Anger, Hope.
Twenty-Two Things We Now Know
Six Years After 9/11. (September 4)
Legions. (August 28)
Bush Bunker Crew's Legacy: "Dangerous Losers"
A News Quiz: Real or Fake?
Rove's Diary: Just Try to Stop Me,
Coppers! (August 7)
Art As Vaccine Against the CheneyBush Virus.
Do You Get It NOW?
Bush's "Surge" Diary: Slip-Slidin' Away"
Impeaching the Shadow Master.
National-Security Breaches: Time
for Impeachment. (July 3)
Post-CheneyBush "Restoration." (June,
Dems' Timidity May Cost Them Dearly in 2008.
Bush Scandals: It's the Politics, Stupid.
in Iraq & In a Hospital Room. (May 22)
The Roots of Disaster:
Impeachment As Remedy. (May 15)
Meditation on the Building of Walls. (May
Diving Deeper Into the Muck
of Bush Scandals. (May 1)
Noose Tightens on the Bush
Bunker Crew (April 17)
Revealing Quotes from "Loyal
Bushie" Land (April 10)
Iraq Debacle & Abu Gonzo. (March 27)
Lawlessness: "If You Build It, They Will Come"
Life in the Emerald City": Origins of the Iraq Disaster.
Cheney Is Recklessly "Bob"-ing
Iraq & Iran.
Deja Vu All Over Again: Quagmire Alert.
the Lip of the Vortex: Surging to Disaster.
In the Land of Our (Founding) Fathers.
Things Learned Since Dems' Election Victory.
Towards Bethlehem: How to Stop the Madness.
Exiting the Rat-Hole: Iraq & CheneyBush
Limits of Euphoria in a Political Dogfight. (November 21)
The Perfect Storm of Citizen Revulsion.
URGENT! Karl Rove's Last-Minute "Robocalling" Tactic to Steal the
Election. (November 6)
Future: Which Victory Story Will Run? (November 7)
Why Voting for Dems Is a Requirement: Pre-Election Scenarios.
Traveling the "National-Security" Route to November 7th.
It's Even Worse, And Better, Than We Thought:
An Address to Democrats
Abroad. (October 17)
The "F" Word and How To Escape
From Its Clutches. (October 3)
Gearing Up for Rove's
Pre-Election "Surprises." (September 26)
Control the Dictionary, Control the World.
Twenty Things We Now Know Five Years After 9/11 (August 30)
Bush & Co.: Desperate Desperados. (August
The Fast Lane To Fascism: A Review of John
"Conservatives Without Conscience."
From Bombs in Beirut to the Ballot Box in November.
The dangers and
glories of manipulating reality. (July 18).
Fracturing the Bush Base: A Compassionate Approach.
Graduation Report: Dems Need to Sharpen Up. (June 20)
"Groundhog Day" in Asia: Unwinnable Wars.
The Seven Pillars of Misrule. (May 30)
Keep Democrats From Blowing the November Election. (May 9)
as Greek Drama: "Hubris" and "Tragic Flaws"
Stop Us Before We Kill Again (April 18)
Grand Game: A "PNAC Primer" UPDATE (April 4)
Anti-Semitism and the New "Jews." (March 21)
East Muddle: Is Peace Still Possible? (March 14)
Are Jumping Ship: Bush Is Going Down. (March 7)
Slicing Away Liberty: 1933 Germany, 2006 America.
Pushing Them Off the Precipice of Power
Reforming the Democrats -- Or a Third Party? (January
Weaving the "Why?" Strands: The Bushevik Tapestry
the Future & the Other F-Word. (January 10)
12 Political Insights: A 2006 Starter-Kit (January 3)
Would-Be Dictator: How We Got to This Awful Place. (December 20)
to Play Beat-the-Bully. (December 6)
Santa Baby, Please Make These Wishes Come True (November 29)
Bush: The Good, Bad and Ugly (November 22)
Solving the Media Puzzle: A Day in the Life.
Good Night, and Good Luck" -- Joe McCarthy Rides Again.
the Plamegate Deluge: Honoring Our Journalistic Heroes. (October 11)
"Suppose...": Arguments for an Impeachment Resolution.
Heavies Work the "O.J. Dodge" (Satire) (September
To Those Who Voted for Bush: Do You Get It Now?
Twenty Things We Now Know Four Years
After 9/11. (August 30)
A Cancerous Tumor in the Body
Politic: Time for Surgery (August 16)
U.S. Leaving Iraq? -- It's Still the Politics, Stupid.
Rove-Plame Scandal Leading to Deeper White House Horrors?
A Powerful Man Glimpses His Demons.
Political Pot Pourri:
Rove, Impeachment & The Supremes. (July
Things Learned About Bush&Co.: An Impeachment List.
Building a New "Movement": The Downing Street Memos.
Open Letter to Troops Serving in Iraq.
2006 Election Is Happening Right Now. (April
Leapfrogging from the Sahara to Germany: What Does "Progress" Mean?
Tricky Decoy Dump. (March 22)
Bush to U.N.: Screw You! -- Mad Dog Bolton's Nomination.
Bush's Weird Tour: A Letter to European Friends.
Taking on the American Taliban.
Post-Inaugural Crimes & The Progressive Posse.
Gotta Go -- But Will Bush Hit the Delete Button?
Southeast Asia Diary: Post-Election Travels. (December 14)
Bush Heads for the Bunker.
European Friends: Explaining the 2004 Election Disaster.
the Rumpus Begin! -- An Oppositional Strategy.
Three Faces of Election Eve: Choose Your Future.
Shifts for Both Parties on November 2.
Reflections on Loss: My Mom, My Country's Soul.
Primer for the Undecided: Why It's Kerry.
The Two Historical Paths on November 2 -- Choose One.
25 Things We Now
Know, Three Years after 9/11. (August 30)
The White House
Why a Kerry Vote is the only Rational Option. (August 23)
AWOL Scandal: Let's Break
Through the Media Barrier. (August 9)
Letter to European Friends:
America's Weird Election Dance.
Learning from George & Martha: The Art of Slip-Sliding.
Warning: Parallels Between Germany in '33 and America Today.
Torture Deceit: What "Is" Is. (June 29)
Other Way to Say This: Torture Memos Reveal Fascist Mentality.
than Viet Nam; Worse than Watergate. (June 1)
Ellsberg's "Secrets" and Bush's War...
Out! A Pause for Longer-Range Thinking. (May 18)
Horrid Thoughts about Horrid Leaders.
Bush Scandals Are Roiling:
Turn Up the Heat! (April 6)
Bush&Co. Want Us to "Move On" --
So Why Not Take Him Up on It? (March 16)
America I Live In: Notes for the Campaign. (March 2)
The Progressive Primary Dilemma: K, K or E?
How We Got Into This Imperial Pickle:
A PNAC Primer. (February 3)
Robert S. McNamara, Colin Powell
and "The Fog of War" (January 27)
A Quick Pat on the Back --
Now Into the 2004 Trenches. (January 6)
My New Year's Revolutions.
It's Time for Plame-Case Reporters
to Out the Administration Leakers! (December 16)
East Coast/Left Coast: The Throbbing
Political Pulse. (December 2)
Handicapping the 2004 Race: Wazzup, Democrats.
There Is No "Road Map" to Peace, Only the
Hard Road Not Taken. (October 14)
A Heartening Visit to Texas, Home of the
Original Bush Whoppers. (September 20)
Bush's Foreign Policy: "There Must Be Some
Way Out of Here" (September 20)
America Two Years after 9/11: 25 Things We
Now Know. (August 19)
Past Is Present: Watergate, Vietnam & Iraq. (August 5)
the Advisability of Holding One's Nose When Voting. (July 14)
Re-Lighting the Torches of America's Soul. (June
Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism. (June 9)
We Got Into this Imperial Pickle: A PNAC Primer. (May 26)
Depression -- And Its Activism Antidote --
Will Lead to Bush's Downfall. (April 7)
Anyone Detect a Familiar Odor in the Air?:
The Vietnam Connection. (March 31)
Vietnam-era Dad Talks to His Protesting Son. (March 24)
Open letter to Bush: You are disgracing America: Resign or Be Impeached.
How to Swagger & Bully Your Way to
Disaster: Bush's Foreign Adventurism. (March 6)
Letter to the Grandkids: How Did We
Get to War With Iraq? (February 27)
Bush Knows the Jig is Up: So
Let's Hurry on to Baghdad. (February 20)
Artistic Sign Language: Signs of the
Coming Bush Fall. (February 13)
Arrogance: What is it Good
For? Absolute Disasters! (February 6)
The Five Fingers of Focus: Examining Bush
& Co.'s Real Motives. (January 30)
Ellsberg's 'Secrets' and Bush's War: An
Intersecting History. (January 9)
Through a Glass Lightly: 10 Hopeful
Cracks in the Bush Facade. (December 5)
Letter to the Fledgling 'Movement' (November 22)
Election Results: Which News Story Would you Prefer to Read
November 6? (October 25)
It's Crank-It-Up Time! An Urgent
November 5th Call to Action. (October 11)
An American Jew's Open Letter to Hanan
Ashwari: Is Mideast Peace Still Possible?
The Charnel House Future: Why Bush Must Be Stopped Now.
Twenty Things We've Learned Nearly One Year After 9/11.
The Tarantula Tango: Despair & Hope in the Body Politic.
About the F-Word (Redux). (June 24)
Why Is America Behaving This Way? -- A Letter to
European Friends. (May 17)
Time Out! A Pause for Longer-Range Thinking.
An American Jew Talks About His Shame.
Focusing the Anger: An Open Letter to Democrats &
Progressives. (February 8)
George W. and "The Vision Thing"
Talkin' About the F-Word