Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas was an American author and former news service reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and columnist. She worked for the United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau chief. She was an opinion columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House. Among other books, she was the author of Front Row at The White House: My Life and Times. Helen passed away on July 20, 2013.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008
War Without End
WASHINGTON - Surprise, surprise. Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, wants to put a halt to any more troop withdrawals for the foreseeable future. The highly politicized Petraeus seemed to be dutifully following his White House marching orders when he testified before congressional committees earlier this week. Under his scenario, there will be no drawdown of U.S. forces in that strife-ridden country until President Bush leaves office.
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Cheney Believes War Is Not the People's Business
Back in President Lyndon B. Johnson's worst days when he was grappling with the Vietnam quagmire and raucous anti-war protests at home, he said that in the big decisions about war and peace: "The people should be in on the take offs as well as the landings." Tell that to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, who apparently couldn't care less what Americans think - except every four years at election time.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Telling Bush the Truth Is Costly
A salute is due Adm. William Fallon, who tried to prevent a wider war with Iran. After serving one year as commander of U.S. Central Command, Fallon has resigned, saying he was quitting because his differences with official U.S. policy had become a "distraction." But there is a widespread perception that he was pushed out by the neo-conservatives among President Bush's aides, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, because of Fallon's reluctance to go along with the administration's hawkish moves toward Iran.
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Saturday, March 08, 2008
Keep The New York Philharmonic On The Road
WASHINGTON -- Let us hope that the next president of the United States knows some history.And let us hope that the next president will know that the United States cannot call all the shots, or pick and choose which leader-dictator we will talk to or decide which countries can have unconventional weapons. In other words, the U.S. should not rely totally on the arrogance of its formidable power in its foreign relations. That is why the performance of the New York Philharmonic in the Stalinist-style closed society of North Korea is a remarkable breakthrough.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Bush Legacy Already Established
President Bush should stop worrying about his legacy. It's already established. By his deeds you shall know him; preemptive war, torture and wiretapping, for starters. Nothing said in history can wipe out those flaws in his administration. And no revisionist historian down the road can diminish the importance of those acts. He has governed with threats -- and by nourishing fear in the American people.
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Friday, February 01, 2008
Bush Plans to Leave a Lot of Unfinished Business
With a year to go in the White House, President Bush has said he will sprint to the finish line. But in his lackluster final State of the Union address this week, the president acknowledged that he is leaving behind a troubled nation and a shaky economy for his successor. He also offered no clue on how to end the needless war he started five years ago against Iraq. He finds solace in a drop in the U.S. casualty rate, with 160,000 American troops and nearly as many mercenary private contractors on assignment in Iraq.
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Candidates: Come Clean About Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Thinking of his legacy, President Bush says he views himself as a "peacemaker" but he at the same time he acknowledges that some may see him as a "warmonger." The president -- who launched an unprovoked war against Iraq in 2003 -- had previously said he wanted to be known as a "war president." That is more likely since the wars he initiated against Iraq and Afghanistan have gone on longer than World War II -- and there is no end in sight.
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Friday, January 04, 2008
Democrats Need to Take a Stand
After seven years of the Bush administration, who in the U.S. does not want to see a dramatic change in the nation's leadership? For that reason the Republican candidates have an uphill battle, since most of them have not distanced themselves sufficiently from the failed stewardship of President Bush. On the Democratic side, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois say they are the true advocates of change. But they are short on specifics. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina is more definitive on one issue at least, saying he would bring U.S.
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Friday, December 21, 2007
President Is Happy to Govern by Veto
President Bush is feeling newly empowered by threatening to veto legislation approved by the Democratic-controlled Congress. The threats seem to be working with the lawmakers. They are rolling over very easily as they rush to get home for Christmas or to catch up on re-election campaigning. When he had the backing of a Republican Congress, the president vetoed only one bill in his first six years in office; that bill would have expanded federal support for stem cell research. But right now he is on a roll, getting what he wants without a veto pen but merely making the threat.
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Friday, December 07, 2007
Iran: Bush Loses Even More Credibility
We are still in the dark as to what evidence the U.S. turned up that has now convinced U.S. officials that Iran was on the level when it denied nuclear ambitions. It was good news for the world -- and bad news for hawkish neo-conservatives in the U.S. -- when a new U.S. intelligence assessment concluded that Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003. President Bush says he learned about it week before last. This blockbuster came from a National Intelligence Estimate that represents a consensus of all U.S. spy agencies.
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