Came across a column in Newsmax this AM, written by Paul Roberts, which extols the new Jimmy Carter Book and talks about a couple of others, the criticism seems pretty mainstream, however the source is pure neo con. My fingers tremble as I post this interesting schism from the right wing main stream media, that is extremely critical of GWB. http://newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/1/2/160223.shtml Three Books to Wake You Up Paul Craig Roberts Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006 Consequently, "The United States now has become one of the foremost targets of respected international organizations concerned about these basic principles of democratic life." Carter reports that the deception, naked aggression and torture that define the Bush administration have caused a tremendous setback for human rights throughout the world. At an international human rights conference in June 2005, "Participants explained that oppressive leaders had been emboldened to persecute and silence outspoken citizens under the guise of fighting terrorism. ... The consequence is that many lawyers, professors, doctors and journalists had been labeled terrorists, often for merely criticizing a particular policy or for carrying out their daily work. We heard about many cases involving human rights attorneys being charged with abetting terrorists simply for defending accused persons." Carter is especially disturbed that the Bush administration is encouraging these abusive policies in the name of "fighting terrorism." The second book mentioned is: Nikolaus Wachsmann's "Hitler's Prisons" (Yale University Press 2004). Wachsmann's book is a detailed history of the conflict and cooperation between the traditional legal-judicial-prison system on the one hand and the police-SS-concentration camp system on the other. He does not mention George Bush or Bush's "war on terror." However, the similarities leap off the pages. The 3rd book is, Robert Higgs in his "Resurgence of the Warfare State" (Independent Institute, 2005). With ruthless logic, Higgs shreds every claim of the Bush administration and its apologists. Reading Higgs leaves no doubt that the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq was an illegal act based in deception. Under the Nuremberg standard established by the United States itself, Bush's invasion is a war crime. Widespread slaughter of the civilian Iraqi population and torture of detainees are also war crimes. In one of his best chapters, Higgs destroys the claim that U.S. "smart weapons" are expressions of our morality in warfare because they target only enemy combatants.