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    President Bush is sometimes a boastful anti-intellectual, but in the past year he has been touting his reading lists and engaging in who-can-read-more contests with his chief political adviser, Karl Rove. (Bush claimed to have read 60 books in just the first seven and a half months of last year, the pace of a full-time reviewer.) There even seems to be a White House book club.






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    The most recent selection was A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by conservative British writer Andrew Roberts. Bush invited Roberts for a discussion over lunch at the White House earlier this month. The author was joined by Dick Cheney (who was recently photographed carrying the book), Rove, and a group of neoconservative intellectuals including Norman Podhoretz and Gertrude Himmelfarb, along with various other officials and conservative journalists. Though the event was supposed to be off the record, several participants wrote it up afterward. (You can read their breathy accounts here and here and here.) Bush's embrace of Roberts' book is hardly surprising, given how it glorifies his presidency. But it does suggest that all the heavy reading he's been doing lately may not be opening his mind.





    Roberts' book picks up in 1900, shortly before the point where Winston Churchill's four volumes of similar title leave off. It also takes up Churchill's idea that the Anglo-American alliance is responsible for the survival of liberty. Though Roberts does not favor the term, his framework closely tracks

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    jesus mary and joseph what a disturbing piece....frightening especially the fourth paragraph.......reminds me that my fears are not paranoia after all
    If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.

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      Don't worry MF - Bush is illiterate - that's why he gets on so well with Bertie who is similarly challenged.
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        At least Bertie has an excuse for being a thicko.
        There are only two roads, victory for the working class, freedom, or victory for the fascists which means tyranny. Both combatants know what\'s in store for the loser.

        Buenaventura Durruti

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          Originally posted by Ronnie
          At least Bertie has an excuse for being a thicko.




          Were his parents Scousers?
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            Originally posted by Old Dog


            Originally posted by Ronnie
            At least Bertie has an excuse for being a thicko.




            Were his parents Scousers?





            If they were, they must have jumped off the boat from Ireland. Those are the only thick scousers we have. It's amazing how the Mick invasion has added to the crime and illiteracy rates of Liverpool. There isn't a problem this city faces which can't be traced to Irish immigration.
            There are only two roads, victory for the working class, freedom, or victory for the fascists which means tyranny. Both combatants know what\'s in store for the loser.

            Buenaventura Durruti

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