Tortured Logic : A Verbatim Critique of the George W. Bush Presidency

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-11
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush's, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. Tortured Logicshows us how this egregious abuse of power came about in the words of the participants themselves. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others'” especially our leading journalists'”in a narrative sequence, Russomanno allows the story of exactly how the imperial presidency came about to unfold in the first half of the book. In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to 'ślegalize'ť torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Tortured Logicprovides a unique critique of the Bush administration.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Imperial Presidencyp. 1
Presidential Powerp. 5
The Rule of Lawp. 31
Secrecy and ôViceöp. 57
Creating Realitiesp. 81
The War Presidentp. 115
September 11 Run-Upp. 119
Iraq: Stacking the Deckp. 127
Post-Invasion Iraq: The House of Cards Collapsesp. 205
Torture and Renditionp. 247
Afterwordp. 279
Selected Bibliographyp. 283
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 335
About the Authorp. 353
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