Jeb Bush: though he is more apt to do his homework, he’s unformed on foreign policy, like his brother – except that his brother was elected before 9/11. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times

James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice-presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task(...)

Jeb Bush: the last two presidents in his party were his father and brother, and his brother crashed the family station wagon into the globe. Photograph: Jim Young / Reuters

I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two de(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush takes a selfie with a guest at a luncheon hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on February 18th in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, a leading contender to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2016, has sought to distance himself from the unpopular foreign (...)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington: “The fanatics barricaded in the Capitol dug in, determined to tear down what their idols, the founding fathers, had built.” Photograph: Getty Images

An ape sits where Abe sat.The year is 2084, in the capital of the land formerly called north America. The peeling columns of the Lincoln Memorial, and(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey, right, with artist Pat Liddy  and US ambassador Margaret Heckler in 1988. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

As evidenced by the diplomatic cables from Ireland to the US state department in 1989, obtained by Gavin Sheridan under the US Freedom of Information (...)

A 1989 US diplomatic cable noted that former taoiseach Charles Haughey’s objective for his meeting with US secretary of state James Baker was to discuss a new class of foreign corporations labelled in the Act as “Passive Foreign Investment Companies”. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Charles Haughey sought “preferential treatment” for Ireland from the United States on taxation after an Act was introduced by the Reagan regime in the(...)