The Bush Diaries

The Bush Diaries

by Jack Nargundkar

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Overview

[A]fter seeing their Iraq strategy unravel, North Korea get ignored, and the state of Palestine remain a wishful dream-I would dare say that the Bush Administration's foreign policy also needs substantive tuning. In the ultimate, if U.S. foreign policy is made more consistent with our core values, and the Bush Administration uses traditional diplomacy to further policy goals, its Second Term might turn out to be a memorable 'American Intifada"!

The Bush Diaries captures the true meaning of 'freedom and democracy" by allowing an average American citizen to be heard. Author Jack Nargundkar comments, in real time, on the performance of not only President Bush, but also the pundits in the media who evaluate the presidency.

The Wall Street Journal editorialized that the Bush economy had performed in a stellar fashion in 2002. The facts indicated something quite to the contrary-thus began Nargundkar's next couple of years of furious letter writing. Largely based on those letters as well as articles submitted to The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, The Bush Diaries is a chronicle of Nargundkar's views of the George W. Bush era from 2001 to 2005.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595358984
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/15/2005
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notexv
Prologue1
12/29/00: Web article entitled, "Supreme Folly: A Case for Late Night Jollies"2
The First Quarter: 2001-An American Intifada5
5/1/01: Op-Ed submission to WSJ entitled, "Is This Deja Voodoo All Over Again?"6
5/8/01: Op-Ed submission to WSJ entitled, "Foreign Policy Faux Pas"9
9/19/01: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "War and Recession"12
10/7/01: Web article entitled, "The 'Stan' Factor: It's a Hard Place for US"15
11/22/01: Web article entitled, "Ich bin ein New Yorker"19
12/28/01: Web article entitled, "War and Recession Part II"22
The Second Quarter: 2002-Winds of War27
1/20/02: Web article entitled, "No new taxes...not over my dead body!"28
2/2/02: Web article entitled, "State of the World: An Axis of Evil"32
5/27/02: Web article entitled, "The Bush Doctorin'"36
7/18/02: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "War and Recession III: Gore in Four?"40
7/18/02: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "War & Recession IV: 'Road to Perdition'"43
7/31/02: Letter to WSJ-Re: Holman Jenkins' "Reviewing the Records of Two Politician CEOs"46
8/2/02: Web article entitled, "War & Recession V: The Courage to Continue"47
8/12/02: Letter to WSJ-Re: Simon Henderson's "The Saudi Way"51
9/3/02: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "The 'Silent War' Doctrine"52
12/29/02: Web article entitled, "The Bush Enigma: Peace and Recovery"57
The Third Quarter: 2003-Mission Accomplished...Without WMD!63
1/4/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Economy of the Year65
3/5/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: The Bush Doctrine & Iraq: a classic dilemma67
3/6/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Robert D. Novak's "Everything Riding On Iraq"68
4/8/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Paradox of your editorial pages69
4/11/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Michael Kinsley's "No Quagmire, but Still Some Questions"70
4/22/03: Letter to The Post-Re: William Raspberry's "Hokum From the Prosecution"72
4/24/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Letters to the Editor73
4/29/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Richard Cohen's "Baghdad Bait and Switch"74
5/7/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Richard Cohen's "Never Mind the Weapons"75
5/12/03: Letter to The Post-Re: George McGovern's "A More Constructive Internationalism"76
5/15/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Free for All77
5/29/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Richard Cohen's "Victory per Rumsfeld's Say-So"78
6/2/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Weapons of Mass Distortion79
6/11/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Harold Meyerson's "Reaping The World's Disfavor"80
6/19/03: Letter to NY Times-Re: Maureen Dowd's "Bushworld and Hillaryland"82
6/22/03: Letter to The Post-Re: George Will's "The Bush Doctrine At Risk"83
6/24/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: George Melloan's "Bush Wades Into Some of The World's Worst Messes"84
7/1/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Dana Milbank's "As 2004 Nears, Bush Pins Slump on Clinton"86
7/3/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Dana Milbank & Vernon Loeb's "Bush Utters Taunt About Militants: 'Bring 'Em On'"87
7/14/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Lack of Intelligence88
7/16/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Michael Kinsley's "...Or More Lies From The Usual Suspects?"90
7/20/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Letters to the Editor91
7/24/03: Letter to The Post-Re: William Kristol's "Gephardt's 16 Words"92
8/5/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Francis Fukuyama's "The Real Intelligence Failure"93
8/19/03: Letter to The Post-Re: George Will's "The Shah and Us-and Regime Change"95
8/29/03: Letter to The Post-Re: E.J. Dionne's "Do Jobs Not Matter Anymore"97
9/9/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: The Central Front99
9/24/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Coverage of UN speeches in today's Post101
10/3/03: Letter to The Post-Re: An Independent Counsel102
10/5/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: "All the Candidate's Women"103
10/7/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Colin Powell's "What Kay Found"105
11/13/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Senator Pat Roberts' "A Panel Above Politics"106
11/14/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Alabama Judge Is Removed107
11/19/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Eliot A. Cohen's "If We Cut and Run"108
11/25/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Richard Cohen's "The Patriotism Refuge"110
11/28/03: Letter to The Post-Re: Dana Milbank's "An Indelible Moment in A War and Presidency"112
12/7/03: Letter to Business Week-Re: "The Rise of India"113
12/29/03: Letter to WSJ-Re: Our Man in Pakistan115
The Fourth Quarter: 2004-"Fear More Years"121
1/1/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Robin Wright's "Bush Faces a Challenging Year: The Turn From War to Peace"122
1/5/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Silence on the Hill124
1/11/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Mike Allen's "O'Neill: Plan to Hit Iraq Began Pre-9/11"126
1/13/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Susan Lee's "Will Greenspan Seal The Bush Re-Election?"127
1/14/04: Letter to The Post-Re: First In the Loop contest of 2004129
1/16/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Charles Krauthammer's "A Modest Proposal"130
1/20/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: GOP spending spree131
1/28/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Douglas A. Irwin's "'Outsourcing' Is Good for America"132
1/28/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Peter Feaver's "Fog of WMD"133
2/6/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: WMD Breakthrough & Pakistan's Dr. Strangelove134
2/13/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Charles Krauthammer's "The Other Shoe"136
2/23/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Joshua Muravchik's "Kerry's Inner Dove"137
2/25/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Thomas Sowell's "Low Taxes Do What?"138
2/28/04: Letter to The Post-Re: The Passion of the Right140
3/6/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Job Growth Near Standstill In February141
3/7/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Is 9/11 an Issue?143
3/12/04: Letter to The Post-Re: E. J. Dionne Jr.'s "Job No. 1 for Bush"144
3/18/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Dana Milbank's "Opinion of U.S. Abroad Is Falling, Survey Finds"145
3/21/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Au Revoir, France; We're Cutting the Cord147
3/22/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Richard A. Clarke's memoir148
3/25/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Jennifer Frey's "George Bush, Entertainer In Chief"150
3/28/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Daniel Henninger's "Skiing As News: Is John Kerry Overexposed?"151
3/29/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus' "Rice Defends Refusal To Testify"152
3/31/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Mike Allen and Dan Eggen's "President to Let Rice Testify About 9/11" & Dan Balz's "Bush Scores Points By Defining Kerry"153
4/7/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Mitch McConnell's "Needs a U.S. Push"154
4/12/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Dan Eggen's "Memo Not Specific Enough, Bush Says"155
4/13/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Rethinking Armageddon156
4/15/04: Letter to The Post-Re: President's press conference157
4/18/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Bob Woodward's "Plan Of Attack"159
4/22/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Rush Limbaugh's "Woodward at War"161
4/25/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Robin Wright's "U.S. Moves to Rehire Some From Baath Party, Military"162
4/27/04: Letter to The Post-Re: John Kerry's medal controversy et al.164
5/3/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Iraqi prisoner abuse165
5/4/04: Letter to The Post-Re: George Will's "Time for Bush to See The Realities of Iraq"166
5/7/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: Donald Rumsfeld Should Go168
5/11/04: Letter to The Post-Re: George Will's "No Flinching From the Facts"169
5/12/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Help Is Wanted170
5/18/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Roadside Sarin171
5/23/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Lewis E. Lehrman and William Kristol's "Crush the Insurgents in Iraq"172
5/30/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Glenn Kessler's "Kerry Says Security Comes First"174
6/1/04: Letter to The Post-Re: A Plea for Enlightened Moderation176
6/6/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Tribute to President Reagan178
6/20/04: Letter to The Post-Re: As Genocide Unfolds179
6/22/04: Letter to The Post-Re: E. J. Dionne's "9/11 Credibility Gap", Richard Cohen's "Grand Delusion", Walter Pincus and Dan Eggen's "Al Qaeda Link To Iraq...", et al180
7/1/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Richard Cohen's "Baloney, Moore or Less"182
7/5/04: Letter to The Post-Re: John F. Kerry's "A Realistic Path in Iraq"183
7/20/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyl's "The Present Danger"184
7/23/04: Letter to The Post-Re: 9/11 Commission Report185
8/11/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: The Chalabi Fiasco Continues187
8/12/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Robert Novak's "Uncertain Trumpet"188
8/23/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Missing the Point189
8/29/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Health and Poverty190
9/1/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: Flip-Flop-Flipper191
9/3/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: Mr. Bush's Acceptance Speech192
9/4/04: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "The Relevance of Remembering Reagan"193
9/4/04: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "The Truth About Taxes and Spending"196
9/4/04: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "Greenspan Fed-Up?"199
9/4/04: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "Four More Years?"202
9/4/04: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "Six Counts of Presidential Calculus"205
9/7/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: The Children of Beslan208
9/16/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: Maureen Dowd's "Pre-emptive Paranoia"210
9/21/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Broken Promises, Rejecting Turkey And the Future, et al.211
9/24/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Albert Hunt's "Neither Guy Has Made the Sale Yet"212
10/2/04: Letter to The Post-Re: The Truth on Russia213
10/5/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: The Nuclear Bomb That Wasn't214
10/7/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: The Verdict Is In215
10/7/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Weapons That Weren't There216
10/10/04: Letter to The Post-Re: George Will's "Why America Leans Right"217
10/10/04: Letter to The Post-Re: No Accountability218
10/13/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Kwasniewski on Kerry219
10/15/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Remember Abu Ghraib?220
10/19/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Today's editorials221
10/20/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: William Safire's "The Year of Fear"223
10/28/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: Maureen Dowd's "White House of Horrors"224
10/28/04: Op-Ed submission to The Post entitled, "Liberal, Mass."225
10/30/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Dana Priest and Walter Pincus' "Bin Laden Warns U.S. Voters"227
11/22/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Mr. Gonzales's Record228
11/23/04: Letter to The Post-Re: David Ignatius' "Dangers Of the '80 Percent Solution'"230
11/26/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Charles Krauthammer's "A Fight for Shiites"231
12/1/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: William Safire's "The Fourth Election"232
12/2/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: The 9/11 Bubble233
12/5/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Robin Wright's and Peter Baker's "Musharraf: Bin Laden's Location Is Unknown"234
12/9/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: Maureen Dowd's "Lost in a Masquerade"236
12/9/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: Al From and Bruce Reed's "Get the Red Out"237
12/15/04: Letter to NY Times-Re: David E. Sanger's "War Figures Honored With Medal of Freedom"238
12/15/04: Letter to WSJ-Re: C. Raja Mohan's "'Old' Europe Make Way for New Delhi"239
12/18/04: Letter to The Post-Re: David Ignatius' "How Iran Is Winning Iraq"241
12/23/04: Letter to The Post-Re: War Crimes242
12/29/04: Letter to The Post-Re: John F. Harris and Robin Wright's "Aid Grows Amid Remarks About President's Absence"243
12/31/04: Letter to The Post-Re: Another Pass for Pakistan244
1/1/05: Letter to WSJ-Re: "That 'Sluggish' Economy"245
1/2/05: Letter to The Post-Re: Adnan Pachachi's "Delay the Elections"246
1/4/05: Letter to The Post-Re: David Ignatius' "More Water Bottles, Fewer Bullets" & Richard Cohen's "Ugly Truths About Guantanamo"247
1/6/05: Letter to The Post-Re: The Gonzales Record248
1/10/05: Letter to NY Times-Re: Angela M. Hegarty's "Name That Decade (and Try to Smile)"249
1/12/05: Letter to NY Times-Re: Facing Facts About Iraq's Election250
1/18/05: Letter to NY Times-Re: Thomas L. Friedman's "Pop-Tarts or Freedom?"251
1/19/05: Letter to The Post-Re: The Second Term Abroad252
Epilogue265
The Second Term-Second Thoughts266
Priorities for President Bush's Second Term266

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