George W. Bush and the Historian's Craft

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Daniel Larison has a new post addressing a comment made by former President George W. Bush about how future historians will come to view his legacy. According to the former commander-in-chief, “I won’t be around, because it will take a while for the objective historians to show up.” Larison correctly notes that the historical profession has never been a fully objective enterprise. For instance, in That Noble Dream, his excellent study of the American historical profession and the role objectivity played in its development, Peter Novick traces the way “objective” history became a professional norm among historians . . .
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Targeted Killings: A Necessary Evil?

This post is a guest contribution from H.A. For professional reasons, the writer is using a pseudonym.

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As Americans, we celebrate the news that the man behind the attacks of September 11 has met his ultimate fate. But his death highlights some uncomfortable aspects of current U.S. policy. Among the more prominent issues is targeted killing, or assassination.

Since the congressional hearings of the 1970s that investigated abuses by the CIA and the broader national security community, assassination has been off-limits…sort of. In 1981, President Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, which states that “No person employed by . . .
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