Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild was the senior editor of The Progressive magazine from 1994 to 2014.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
McChrystal Wrong Man for the Job
Obama has just made a terrible choice in his new commander for Afghanistan. By choosing Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Obama shows how indifferent he is to the serious allegations that have swirled around McChrystal, a darling of the Bush-Cheney regime. It was McChrystal, after all, who approved a medal for Pat Tillman, the former NFL star, saying he fell under "devastating enemy fire." But just a day later, McChrystal warned the White House that it might have been friendly fire, not enemy fire.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
The Spanish’s Judge vs. Bush’s Architects of Torture
Hallelujah, finally someone in authority is going after at least some of the Bushies who were the architects of the torture policies. Tellingly, it's not President Barack Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder. In fact, it's not anyone in the United States. No, it's the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, the same man who took down General Augusto Pinochet.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Cheney War Crimes: Just Look at the Statute
President Obama needs to tell Attorney General Eric Holder to indict Dick Cheney, right now, for war crimes. Just look at the statute, Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code, Section 2441 . It says that someone is guilty of a war crime if he or she commits a "grave breach of common Article 3" of the Geneva Conventions. And then it defines what a grave breach would be.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Geithner’s Public Private Partnership Puts Public Most at Risk
Tim Geithner’s at it again, doing somersaults, with hundreds of billions of federal money flying out of his pockets in the process, all to distract us from the more sensible course of action, which is to nationalize the insolvent banks. Instead, he wants to scrub their assets clean by having the government and some private speculators buy up their bad bets. Geithner calls it the Public Private Partnership Investment Program, and if he were playing scrabble, he’d be all out of Ps.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Obama Hits Right Notes on Stem Cell Research; Republicans Heartless
This was an easy step, but it was the right step, and it was the humane step. When he signed the Executive Order lifting the federal ban on new embryonic stem cell research, President Obama was making good on a campaign promise. That’s what made it right. He was taking an action that is popular with the vast majority of the American public. That’s what made it easy. But it’s also an action that holds out the promise of curing a whole variety of debilitating diseases from diabetes all the way to Parkinson’s. That’s what made it so humane.
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Friday, January 16, 2009
Bush Tarnishes Medal of Freedom by Bestowing It on Uribe
Bush keeps outdoing himself on his way out the door. On Tuesday, he gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Alvaro Uribe, the head of Colombia. Uribe has had close ties with rightwing paramilitary squads. And his government is a notorious human rights abuser. "In recent years there has been a substantial rise in the number of extrajudicial killings of civilians attributed to the Colombian Army," says Human Rights Watch.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Don’t Give the Banks Another $350 Billion
Why in the world should we be giving the banks another $350 billion? They caused this financial crisis in the first place. Then Bush and Paulson just threw billions of dollars at them. Bush and Paulson didn't demand a voting share of these banks. And the banks weren't required to lend to businesses, though that was the main rationale for the bailout. Nor were the banks required to refinance mortgages and go easy on foreclosures, though this is what triggered the crisis. Basically, the banks weren't required to do anything accept open their wallets.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Great Recession
The economists were the second to last ones to figure out we’re in a recession. The last one was George Bush himself, but he doesn’t care. He’s been phoning in his job for months now anyway. But people who were losing their jobs, people who were losing their homes, and all those who’ve seen their retirement accounts lose 40 percent of their value—they all know we’ve been in a recession for some time. And it’s not just any recession.
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Obama Hits Many High Notes in Speech on the Economy
One of the things I like most about Barack Obama is he understands the economic crisis we’re in, and he grasps much of what needs to be done. Plus, he’s not afraid to level with the American people that we need to spend a lot of money—and yes, increase the deficit in the process—if we’re going to escape a depression. He also understands that the much-ballyhooed private sector is incapable of solving this problem.
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