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Time to Impeach a War Criminal

From Capitol Hill Blue

The Rant
Time to Impeach a War Criminal
Jun 20, 2005, 08:26

Slowly, but steadily, the Downing Street Memo is getting the public
attention it deserves and making the case that President George W.
Bush should be removed from office.

The memo, dated July 23, 2002, is a summary of a meeting between
Richard Dearlove, the head of British intelligence, and senior Bush
Administration officials. This was before Bush started making his
public case to invade Iraq but, according to the memo, the decision
had already been made:

"The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The
[National Security Council] had no patience with the UN route, and no
enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record.
There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after
military action."

In other words, at a time when Bush was telling the American people
that "every possible avenue" would be exhausted before going to war
the administration had, in fact, already made up its mind to invade
Iraq and was willing to manufacture evidence to support such an

The Downing Street memo confirms what many had already suspected
George W. Bush is an out-and-out liar who intentionally misled the
American public, the U.S. Congress and our allies.

I, for one, don't want a liar as my President. I don't want a man who
is willing to send 1700-plus Americans to their deaths in a war based
on lies running what used to be the greatest nation on earth.

Yes, George W. Bush should be impeached. If we can impeach Bill
Clinton for lying about spraying ejaculate all over an intern's face
and dress then we can damn well impeach a President whose illegal
actions qualify him as a war criminal.

Six months ago, I would have disagreed that Bush's actions merited
impeachment. But six months ago I had not read the Downing Street
Memo or examined the other documents and information that support it.
Bush continues to lie, Americans continue to die and it is time to
put an end to both.

It has taken a long time, too long many believe, for the Downing
Street Memo to get the public's attention on this side of the pond.
Originally published in the London Sunday Times on April 30, it was
mostly ignored by American media until recently.

Democrats staged a "hearing" on the Downing Street memo last week but
it was little more than a photo op. Republicans didn't participate
because the lackey GOP leadership of both the House and Senate
disregards the truth as much as the Liar-in-Chief in the White House.

But some Republicans seem, in recent days, to have grown a backbone
and are starting to question the criminal actions of their President.

"Things aren't getting better (in Iraq ); they're getting worse. The
White House is completely disconnected from reality," Sen. Chuck
Hagel, a Republican member of the Foreign Relations Committee, told
U.S. News & World Report. "It's like they're just making it up as
they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq ."

Privately, Republicans in both the House and Senate say Bush has left
them and their party in a "no win" situation in Iraq and they fear
growing public opposition to the war will cost them control of
Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections and the White House in 2008.

"We got trouble," one long-time GOP consultant told me. "That starts
with `T' and that rhymes with `B' and that stands for `Bush.'"

America might be able to survive until 2006 to replace the scandal-
ridden GOP leadership of Congress but the country cannot afford to
wait until 2008 to get rid of George W. Bush. His criminal acts merit
immediate impeachment and then removal of office.

Then he should be tried as a traitor for his crimes. War criminals
deserve no less.

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