Clarifications & Errata

p. 4: The exact Goldsmith quote appears in Quotes from Bush’s Critics. Because Goldsmith refers to unnamed persons, who have not been identified, I assumed that he was speaking autobiographically.
pp. 4 and 69: Gonzales said “obsolete,” not “outmoded.” The exact quote appears in Quotes from the Bush Administration.

p. 26: Byrd is paraphased. The exact quote appears in Quotes from Bush’s critics

p. 33: The war in Afghanistan was launched on October 7, 2001, not 2002.

p. 62: A list of all 779 prisoners at Guantánamo can be found in “The Guantánamo Docket.”

p. 83: Powell now denies that he was involved in discussions about “torture.”

p. 222: Representatives Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi introduced legislation on June 21, 2005, to establish an “Independent Commission to investigate abuses of detainees in connection with Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or any operation within the Global War on Terrorism,” as reported in www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/newsprint.cgi?file=/news2005/0622-22.htm
p. 255: The quote “any means necessary, anywhere, against any enemy” is a paraphrase by the narrator of Frontline’s Cheney’s Law of 10/16/2007. The exact quote from Yoo appears in Quotes from the Bush Administration.
p. 255: Gonzales’s memo characterizing the Geneva Conventions as “obsolete” and “quaint,” as quoted in Quotes from the Bush Administration, was written on 1/25/2002.
p. 346: Anthony Lewis’s article was published in the New York Review of Books. See the bibliography for the exact reference.

New Developments

p. 28: On December 1, 2006, Bush said that the biggest regret of his presidency was the faulty intelligence about weapons of mass destruction.
p. 41: On December 3, 2008, more than 100 countries at Oslo signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions to ban the use of cluster bombs. China, Russia, and the United States oppose the treaty. Afghanistan, one of the victims of civilian deaths and injuriies from cluster bombs, signed.
p. 43: Bush apologized for the “dead or alive” comment on November 11, 2008.
p. 53: The dismissal of charges against Chessani was upheld by a military appeals court on March 17, 2009.
p. 55: Five Blackwater guards were indicted on December 4, 2008, for the deaths of fourteen Iraqis at Nisoor Square.
p. 106: Prisoners at Guantánamo are to be given art lessons and video games, as announced November 25.
p. 114: The second trial at Guantánamo ended November 3, 2008, with a guilty verdict. Hamdan was sentenced to 5 1/2 years imprisonment; with credit for time already served. He was eligible for release on December 27, 2008, but his native Yemen agreed to receive him, and on November 26 he arrived home, where he will serve out the final month of his sentence. See “Hypocrisy at Guantánamo Under the Radar of the Presidential Election”
p. 148: Bush commented on November 11, 2008, that the “Mission Accomplished” sign sent the wrong signal–that he was not a man of peace.
p. 228: Attorney General candidate Charlotte Dennett was defeated.
p. 241: Rose Kabuye, onetime guerrilla and current chief of protocol for President Kagame, was also indicted. When she flew to Frankfurt on November 9, 2008, she was arrested by German authorities. She was extradited to France on November 19.

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