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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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Bush Shows No Sign of Learning His Lesson About Pre-emptive War
If President Bush has any grand plan for another pre-emptive war, he had better forget it. Bush has crashed landed on the fallacy of the invasion of Iraq. It will take time for the self-described "war president" to make a recovery. It brings to mind an old saying: "Some day they will give a war and nobody will come."
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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Iraq War Becoming a Quagmire
It was supposed to be a cakewalk for the American troops invading Iraq. The Iraqis were to throw flowers as the conquerors marched in and took over their country. That was the fantasy of President Bush's advisers and they sold it to him. Those advisers were listening to the Iraqi exiles, who had an agenda that meshed with the hawks in the administration.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Remove Arrows from Dean's Back
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean says he knows he's the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination "because I keep picking buckshot out of my rear end all the time." He referred to the relentless sniping by his eight rivals who presume he is the man to beat.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Cheney Should Check his Own 'Facts'
WASHINGTON -- Look who's talking. Vice President Dick Cheney is accusing the press of "cheap-shot journalism" in covering the Bush administration, claiming "people don't check the facts." Cheney is miffed over a raft of stories about his ties to Halliburton Co., a Houston-based energy conglomerate, which is a major recipient of U.S. contracts to rebuild Iraqi.
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Friday, December 19, 2003
Saddam Should Face International Court
Saddam Hussein should be tried by the International Court of Justice at The Hague. That court has a record of meting out justice to people accused of genocide and other gross violations of human rights.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
No Wonder Bush Doesn't Connect With the Rest of the Country
WASHINGTON -- President Bush recently gave an hour-long exclusive interview to Fox TV anchor Brit Hume, who tossed him a series of softball questions. Among them, Bush was asked how he gets his news. Answer: He relies on briefings by chief of staff Andrew Card and national security affairs adviser Condoleezza Rice.
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Friday, September 12, 2003
Declare Victory and Leave
President Bush should take advice from a Vietnam-era Republican senator: Declare a victory in Iraq and get out.The late Sen. George Aiken, R-Vt., gave that counsel to both Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon when things were going from bad to worse in the Vietnam War, but they ignored him.
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Friday, September 05, 2003
Who's Counting the Dead in Iraq?
Remember the enemy body counts during the Vietnam War? Some of those U.S. tabulations were highly exaggerated in an effort to show gains on the battlefield. Well, we don't do that anymore. The Pentagon has meticulously reported the American fatality toll in Iraq, now up to 286. That number includes 183 deaths from hostile fire since the start of the war. It also includes 148 dead since May 1 when President Bush declared the end of major combat operations. A Pentagon spokesman said that 1,105 U.S. service personnel have been wounded since the war began.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
No Mercy in Ashcroft's Brand of Justice
Attorney General John Ashcroft doesn't have enough to do, hunting down terrorists. With the help of a rollover Congress, he now has a new and bigger club to go after federal judges who impose lighter sentences in criminal cases than he would like.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Bush's Vietnam-sized Credibility Gap
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has a huge credibility gap stemming from his exaggerated rhetoric that led the United States to attack Iraq. The Bush hype recalls the Lyndon B. Johnson era when LBJ's misleading statements and deceptions led us deeper into the disastrous Vietnam War.
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