Category: Lost History

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Tea Party and ’12 Years a Slave’

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "Twelve Years a Slave."

Exclusive: Some on the Right like to compare the Affordable Care Act to slavery, apparently to get under the skin of Barack Obama, the first African-American president. But the glib talking point also reveals a callous disregard for slavery’s evils,…

Neocons Push Israeli-Saudi Alliance

Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post.

Exclusive: Early U.S. presidents warned against the dangers of “entangling alliances,” prescient advice that the neocons want President Obama to ignore amid demands from Israel and Saudi Arabia that America tie itself up in the endless and bloody sectarian conflicts…

The Tea Party’s Confederate Roots

The battle flag of the Confederacy, often called the “Stars and Bars.”

For “branding” purposes, the Tea Party pretends to reflect the views of the Constitution’s Framers but it actually follows the Slave South’s hostility to the strong federal government that the Framers created. That historical link to the Confederacy is crucial…

Dangerous History of Regime Change

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, who was assassinated in a coup d'etat on Nov. 1, 1963.

Exclusive: Official Washington justifies military and political interventions in other countries under the theory of “U.S. exceptionalism.” But these “regime changes” often have unexpected results, as with the bloody coup d’etat that removed South Vietnamese President Diem a half-century ago, recalls…

Dick Cheney’s Heartless Hypocrisy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Exclusive: Dick Cheney’s new book about his life-saving heart transplant has drawn much fawning coverage. But little attention has gone to the hypocrisy of the ex-vice president accepting expensive government-funded surgeries while endorsing the Tea Party’s campaign to deny health coverage…

Right-Wing Ideology Run Wild

Author Ayn Rand, an advocate for unrestrained capitalism.

The Radical Right reflecting the overlapping ideologies of Ayn Rand capitalists, Christian fundamentalists and neo-Confederate white supremacists is set on crippling the federal government and humiliating the first African-American president. But the extremism could shatter the Republican Party, writes Lawrence Davidson.

The Abject Failure of Reaganomics

President Ronald Reagan, delivering his Inaugural Address on Jan. 20, 1981, as the 52 U.S. hostages in Iran are simultaneously released.

Exclusive: House Republicans got next to nothing from their extortion strategy of taking the government and the economy hostage, but they are sure to continue obstructing programs that could create jobs and start rebuilding the middle class. What they won’t recognize…

How US Pressure Bends UN Agencies

Ahmet Uzumcu, a Turkish diplomat who is the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Exclusive: Lost in the celebration over the Nobel Peace Prize to the UN agency eliminating the Syrian government’s chemical weapons is the question of who was really behind the Aug. 21 poison-gas attack near Damascus. Relevant to that mystery is the recent U.S.…

What Nixon/Kissinger Got Right

President Richard Nixon with his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger in 1972.

Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger operated in an amoral world where they traded lives and principles for power. But their cold “realism” enabled them to function more effectively in foreign policy than many of their successors who let passions and…

Oliver Stone’s Hard Look at US History

Writer-director Oliver Stone.

Many American historians, like their counterparts in journalism,  fail the democratic process that they are supposed to serve. Both groups tend to put a positive spin on even the nastiest actions of the U.S. government, a process that Oliver Stone challenges…