Sunday, November 27, 2005

The case for impeachment

As we all remember, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for lying. Essentially, he was impeached for lying about a blowjob. Yet George Bush lied repeatedly to Congress and to the American people on a much more important matter, the war in Iraq. Yet Bush has faced no impeachment inquiry, let alone a Congressional vote on the issue. I am calling now for such an inquiry. I will make the case here, as succintly as possible.

Bush prior to the war sold it to the American public as a necessary attack against a country that was a threat to national security. Bush and Cheney repeatedly told Americans that Saddam Hussein was actively working with Al-Qaeda against us; Bush in a speech on September 2002 actually alleged that Iraq was training Al-Qaeda in the use of biological weapons. These allegations were absolutely false, and the Administration knew it. This was not a case of a "intelligence failure," it was a blatant lie. The intelligence was fine. An intelligence report released to the President ten days after 9-11 said clearly there was no relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. See the report at The National Journal. The
Administration knew absolutely that what they were saying was a lie. This report was never released to the Congress, and many members voted for the war because they believed the White House's false claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda linkage. So do not believe the Scott McClellan/Rush Limbaugh spin that Congress had the same information as Bush prior to the war. They did not.

The report, damning as it is, documents just one of Bush's many lies on Iraq. He also made numerous false statements about Iraq's military capacities, for example stating that Iraq possessed unmanned drones that could attack the United States. Also, Cheney's claim that Hussein had reconstituted nuclear weapons turned out to be false. I won't detail every lie as that would take too long. I advise anyone who wants more information to visit the media watchdog FAIR for the complete list.

You may wonder why I have waited this long to call for the impeachment of Bush, a president for whom I have never had much good to say. I wanted completely strong evidence that he was guilty of deliberate lying, and not simply the victim of faulty intelligence. The evidence is in. I am satisfied that Bush did in fact blatantly lie and should pay the price, namely impeachment. Impeachment is not fanciful thinking. The Democrats could gain control of the Congress in 2006 and put a lot of heat on Bush for his deceptions. Many Congressmen are upset at the White House for misleading them.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go to house.gov and senate.gov right now and send an e-mail to your representative expressing the need to inquire into the possibility of impeachment proceedings. A grassroots movement got Clinton impeached; it can do the same thing today.

2 comments:

Chris said...

As much as I am in agreement with you about the dislike of Bush, I do have to cringe when calling for impeachment.

I agree Bush did not tell the truth about Iraq and that Bush was probably bent on invading Iraq well before taking office in 2001. 9/11 only gave him a reason to do so, and rather hurridly at that.

I would love to see Bush out of office. And there is nothing more that I would love than to see Bush's tail between his legs. Though, I still must argue the case that voting people out of office is the better way. What ever happened to winning elections?

I think one of greatest tragedies this country has faced is the impeachment of Clinton. A second great tragedy is the invasion of Iraq. I disagreed with the impeachment in '98, and I must disagree with it today.

I join you in your disgust with the Bush administration, but I would much rather see the Dems win an election.

Now if Bush were to resign, then I'm cool with that too.

Good post. I like when you lay things out like this one.

David Schantz said...

Clinton was impeached for the wrong reason. The New American Magazine reported on what should have got him out of office, Chinagate. Impeachng Bush would do about as much good as impeaching Clinton did. Congress would drop the ball and we'd still have a thug in office.

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