Hook! The Blog
...wherein the work of this site continues.
The original Left Hook! site:
Sept. 12, 2001 - Sept. 15, 2001
Sept. 16, 2001 - Sept. 21, 2001
Sept. 22, 2001 - Sept. 28, 2001
Sept. 29, 2001 - Nov. 9, 2001
Nov. 10, 2001 - Dec. 14, 2001
We're Back, & Before Us Looms Iraq
Sean Hannity Lectures Guest on History, But Doesn't Know Any
A War In Search of A Rationale
Bush & Iraq:
If A Bombshell Explodes in the Forest, Does It Make A Sound?
Bush Takes Iraq to the UN
The Real Case for a War With Iraq (From a Liberal Perspective)
Iraq: "Forget the Hype; It's All About Politics"
The Impunity of Rumsfeld's Dickens
"True Patriotism," or The More Things Change...
Bush Chases the Payoff
"Hitler Revisited" Revisited
"President" Beats the Drums of War Without Any Sticks
David Barton Strikes Again: Reactionary Propagandist Maligns James Madison
Brief Notes on American Foreign Policy, With A Particular Focus on Iraq
"The Game of Politics," or The More Things Change, part II
Iraq Strategy Pays Off
Winning Friends & Influencing People: The Bush Method
Interventions & What Ails 'Em
Saddam-Lovers? Mixed Left Reactions to the Right's Latest Smear
That Liberal Media, At It Again On Iraq...
Iraq & Al Qaida: What Is the Truth?
The Bush Administration & the Truth: Natural Enemies
War, Some More
War in Iraq: Horowitz vs. the Mythkiller
As the Iraqi Quagmire Enters Its Next Phase...
The Lawless Bush Administration
"The Democratic Machine and Its Media Allies":
David Limbaugh Stands Up for Bush
Two New Reports Shed Light on Bogus Iraq-Niger Uranium Deal
A Victory for America
The Ambassador Speaks: Adds Further Fuel to Fire Over Pre-War Iraq Intel
Just the Fact-Checker, On the Phony Iraq-Niger Uranium Deal
Cheney Fires Back, But He's Only Shooting Blanks
Former Bush Treasury Secretary Confirms It All
What's Up with the Psychotic Republican Power-Grab?
Downing Street Blues
Bush is With Bin Laden
Things not specifically written for this site, but that definitely belong here.
Limbaugh: An Economic Interpretation
A rough of one part of an unpublished book I wrote about Rush Limbaugh some years ago. Limbaugh is an enthusiast of war. Loves it. Promotes it. Hates anyone who opposes it, and portrays them as traitors. There's one sort of war to which he's very opposed, though, or so he says he is. When it comes to "class warfare," the Rotund One professes to be a peacenik. The reality is a bit more complicated.
Limbaugh: Political Analyst
Another rough of one part of that Limbaugh book, this one, as the title says, dealing with Limbaugh's "skills" as a political analyst.
& Clinton The Liberal
Bill Clinton really is a sign of how far to the right American institutions have lurched--while pilloried as a "socialist," he was actually more conservative, from a policy standpoint, than Bush Sr., his Republican predecessor, and, looking at him generically, his governance would have been regarded by any neutral observer as mainstream conservative Republican right up until he came into office. This is a piece detailing the real Clinton record, written during the 1996 presidential race.
& Joe Lieberman The Liberal
A piece I wrote some years ago about Brent Bozell's amusing efforts to convert Connecticut's right-wing "Democratic"
Senator Joe Lieberman into a liberal, just after Lieberman had been tapped by Al Gore as his Vice Presidential
candidate in the 2000 election.
& Al Gore The Liar
Here's a piece written as the 2000 presidential election campaign was winding down, challenging the character
assassination campaign aimed, by the press, the Republican party, and, most importantly, the Media Research Center,
at then-Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore. It's less an article than a catalog of sins, but it
said something that needed saying, and it's worth reprinting here.
& Al Gore The Liar: A Follow-Up
As it says, a short follow-up to the above article, covering the use, by conservative writers, of lies about Al Gore. Meant to be read after the original article.
& Joseph McCarthy
A 2008 piece (written for publication but never published) about the virulent strain of Joe McCarthy apologista that has appeared in recent years.
THE IRAQ PAPERS
These article began life as a series of untitled posts to various boards and groups I frequented over the years. I created them because, whenever the subject of Iraq came up, I so often found myself covering the same ground. Over time, they became an evolving compendium of information on the Bush administration's Iraq policy. For quickie knock-off message board posts that condense this much information, they're not bad. I gave them the name "The Iraqi Papers" because it makes them sound more important than "A Whole Buncha' Message Board Posts On Iraq."
The Road to War
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #1: Browbeating the Intelligence Community
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #2: Bush's Non-Intelligent Estimate
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #3: The Cabal
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #4: Down The Tubes
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #5: Discharges From the Col[o]n
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #6: Satel-Lies
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #7: Anatomy of a Speech
Pre-War Intel Manipulation #8: A Hell of a Punchline
Iraq Survey Group & Its Conclusions
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