Stories by Sidney Blumenthal

Sidney Blumenthal is a political commentator and the author of, most recently, A Self-Made Man 1809-1849: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln.  subscribe to Sidney Blumenthal's feed

Posted on: Aug 22, 2017, Source: The Guardian

For every Confederate statue ever built, two new ones to civil rights should be dedicated.

Posted on: May 24, 2017, Source: Just Security

He may have never traveled abroad, but Lincoln was more of an internationalist than our current administration.

Posted on: May 22, 2017, Source: Newsweek

For Lincoln, the revolutionary promise of the American nation, its inalienable rights, made slavery an insufferable wrong.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2017, Source: Newsweek

The pathological is political.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2016, Source: Simon and Schuster

An excerpt from Blumenthal's new book explores how an early clash with pro-slavery advocates shaped Lincoln's political outlook.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

The cancellation of the first night of the Republican National Convention marks the renewal of the rivalry between George W. Bush and John McCain.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Today no one can even envision when the Republicans will control the presidency and both houses of the Congress as they did just two years ago.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Bush ran as a moderate, tacked right and governed ineffectually -- before 9/11. Since then he has become the most radical American president in history, and arguably the worst.

Posted on: May 18, 2006, Source: AlterNet

In Porter Goss, the Bush administration found the perfect hatchet man to drive the CIA into the ground. Hayden, the former NSA chief, may oversee its liquidation.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2006, Source: The Guardian

Amid an internal crisis of credibility on Iraq, Condoleezza Rice has washed her hands of her department.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2006, Source: The Guardian

The extraordinary legal defense of George Bush's domestic spying reads like a blend of Kafka, Le Carré and Mel Brooks.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2005, Source: The Guardian

President Bush is to blame for the scale of the disaster as a result of his administration's policies and actions.