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IMPEACHMENT ISSUES UPDATE: IMPEACH BUSH, CHENEY: PELOSI A FAILURE AND DISGRACE ENDANGERS DEMOCRATIC CHANCES IN 2008


Gore, Angry and Lucid, Attacks Bush Regime as Cruel and Corrupt

By Charles Taylor

May 24 (Bloomberg) -- Despite winning both houses of Congress, the Democrats still seem to believe they can deal reasonably with a reckless, intransigent president. And the coverage of George W. Bush by the Washington press corps reminds you why it took two police reporters to break Watergate.

Al Gore isn't having any of that in his attack on the Bush presidency, ``The Assault on Reason.'' The book -- devastating precisely because Gore has been so close to the pinnacle of American politics -- is a carefully considered elucidation of the Bush administration's crimes (the word is not too strong):

``The current White House has engaged in an unprecedented and sustained campaign of mass deception -- especially where its policies in Iraq are concerned.''

``The appointment of industry lobbyists to key positions in agencies that oversee their former employers results in a kind of institutionalized corruption and the abandonment of law enforcement and regulations.''

``The essential cruelty of Bush's game is that he takes an astonishingly selfish and greedy collection of economic and political proposals and then cloaks them with a phony moral authority.''

``We were told by the president that war was his last choice. But it is now clear that it was always his first preference.''

Fear Versus Reason

``I remember when ... it would have been inconceivable that a bipartisan panel of `experts' [the Iraq Study Group] would need to advise the president to allow his generals to tell the truth.''

Bush's ``theory of his own power is so vast that, in practice, it amounts to an assertion of power that is so obviously unconstitutional -- a power to simply declare what provisions of law he will and will not comply with.''

One of Gore's themes is how fear overwhelms reason. The Bush regime, fulfilling Walter Lippman's prophecy of the manufacture of consent, has manipulated the public's fear to push its agenda.

Yet Gore also shows what anger -- held in check and supported by facts -- can do to support reason. There's an eloquent urgency here and a concomitant absence of the boorish, hysterical invective that has poisoned public discourse.

When Gore hews to this passion, the book commands attention. His occasional brief forays into the history of science, though always germane, verge on the pedantic and recall the stiff public image he banished with his performance in ``An Inconvenient Truth.''

Print Versus TV

And it has to be said that the premise of the book is at fault. (Luckily, he returns to it only occasionally.) Gore contends that the demise of print culture and the rise of television have turned political discourse into a one-way conversation, with the immediacy of TV obliterating nuance and, through incessant repetition, giving lies the force of truth.

Of course, he's right that treating news as entertainment has corrupted it and that conglomerate control of the media has made the situation worse. In essence, though, he's selling the old saw that reading is active and viewing is passive.

That argument doesn't acknowledge that reading is a visual experience. Gore's contention that ``words are composed of abstract symbols ... that have no intrinsic meaning until they are strung together into recognizable sequences'' fails to acknowledge that they become recognizable via our eyes. His description of the way words attain meaning also describes the way filmed images are edited into a coherent sequence.

It's not the medium but its content that dumbs down the culture. Nightly network reports from Vietnam didn't distort America's perception of that war; ``An Inconvenient Truth'' didn't damage anybody's understanding of climate change. Conversely, if you read the tabloid press, your critical faculties probably won't be enhanced.

Right Versus Left

But this caveat is bupkis next to the accumulated force of Gore's case against an arrogant, corrupt and lawless administration. While ``The Assault on Reason'' focuses on the radical right (a term Gore is scrupulous about using in place of ``conservative''), his argument implicitly points to another culprit as well: If the right has shown itself willing to accommodate any debasement of our national values, the left has been too willing to embrace the belief that America at its worst is America revealed.

Gore's faith that torture and warrantless eavesdropping are a betrayal of ourselves is a rejection of this self-hatred. He won't countenance the notion that all we see when we look in the mirror is this country's nightmare image.

``The Assault on Reason'' is published by the Penguin Press (308 pages, $24.95).

(Charles Taylor is a critic for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer of this story: Charles Taylor at ctaylor121@nyc.rr.com .

Last Updated: May 24, 2007 00:02 EDT

What Do These Crimes Have in Common?American Chronicle, CA - 19 hours agoBut there appears to be a pattern in several Bush-Cheney crimes of aiming to cheat at elections. This is what Watergate was about. ...

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PR Newswire-USNewswire/ -- At approximately 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will invoke a rarely used procedure to offer a privileged motion claiming one hour of time to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives about current legislative plans to privatize Iraq's oil.


This will be the first time in Congress that there has been a full discussion of the covert efforts to accomplish privatization of Iraq's oil through the supplemental spending bill.


Kucinich has alerted his colleagues to this concern in the past. Tomorrow he will do so on the floor of the House.


Kucinich argued against invading Iraq prior to the 2003 vote that authorized it. He published his case against it and helped persuade many of his colleagues to vote No. Kucinich challenged the legality of the war in court in an effort to prevent it. He proposed a detailed plan to end the occupation of Iraq over three years ago. His current plan is found in his bill HR 1234, which includes these findings:


"Any attempt to sell Iraqi oil assets during the United States occupation will be a significant stumbling block to peaceful resolution. There must be fairness in the distribution of oil resources in Iraq."


Kucinich has voted against every new funding bill for the occupation, including the recent Supplemental. He supports using the power of the purse to end the war. He opposes any attack on Iran and proposes formally forswearing the use of so-called preventive war. He has proposed the creation of a Department of Peace to address international and domestic violence.


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Kucinich claims war masks the real objective: Iraqi oil
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Stephen Koff
Plain Dealer Bureau Chief

Washington- It's all about Iraq's oil - rich, abundant, and coveted by multinational companies waiting to line their deep pockets.


Or so said Rep. Dennis Kucinich Wednesday in an unusual hourlong address on the House floor. He laid out his contention that the White House and Democratic-led Congress are helping oil companies grab a stake in Iraq's vast oil fields while claiming to be interested merely in winding down the Iraq war.


The claim has brought Kucinich derision within his own Democratic Party. Leaders reject the suggestion that they would help "privatize" Iraqi oil. And Republicans dismiss him altogether, with Republican Party spokesman Dan Ronayne saying, "It sounds like congressman Kucinich is trying to get noticed with a nutty conspiracy theory."


But elements of Kucinich's claim appear to be based on theories about geopolitics and oil as much as on any conspiracy.


At the heart of the issue is a measure that, if ratified by the Iraqi parliament, would set the stage for rebuilding the war-torn country's oil industry. Oil in Iraq, with the world's third-biggest reserves, could pay for massive reconstruction and modernization.


But Iraq's pipelines and terminals have been neglected or sabotaged. The industry needs to be rebuilt - yet there is promise, since only 15 of Iraq's 74 discovered oil fields have been developed, according to a study by Amy Myers Jaffe, a fellow in energy studies at Rice University in Houston.


Who should develop that? What role should Baghdad play and what role should provincial governments have? If private industry helps, how should it be rewarded?


The framework for answering these questions is in the bill before the Iraqi parliament - a bill that's been gaining detractors in Iraq. Some members of Congress - but not Kucinich - say it or some other so-called hydrocarbon act could serve as a benchmark for Congress and the administration to measure Iraq's progress. It could be a measure on which to base eventual withdrawal of American troops.


But the measure itself is mired in disagreement in Iraq, with Sunnis and Kurds differing on the central question of provincial versus central control. Some in Iraq also see the measure as a way for Western corporations to gain control through revenue- sharing provisions.


"Everyone knows that the oil law does not serve the Iraqi people, and that it serves Bush, his supporters and the foreign companies at the expense of the Iraqi people who have been wronged and deprived of their right to their oil despite enduring all difficulties," Hasan Jum'a Awwad, head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, said in a May 12 letter to Democrats in the U.S. Congress.


There's another view. Iraq's oil industry is in shambles. It needs help, but outside experts keep getting killed. Multinational oil companies, whose shareholders expect a return on investment, could help.


Iraq could go it alone, but getting higher oil output could require hard decisions, including "possible under-investment in other areas of the country's economy," Jaffe's analysis said. Iraq needs up to $10 billion to restore production to pre-war levels, she said, and more than $20 billion - "a major investment program" - to raise output to about 5 million barrels a day, the high end of its historical production levels.


"If it is decided that higher levels of production are desired," Jaffe wrote, "it is inevitable that the potential role of outside in vestors and lenders will loom large."


While that does not mean companies would give their resources and expertise out of charity, Karen Matusic, a spokeswoman for the American Petroleum Institute, says it does not mean privatization, either. She asks why Kucinich would not want to help Iraq, which lacks the tools.


"They don't have the kinds of funds or even technology needed to develop those fields," she said.


Sen. George Voinovich, an Ohio Republican, shares that view.


"That oil is capital," and all sides in Iraq need it, said Voinovich spokesman Chris Paulitz.


Kucinich agrees with the sentiment. But he worries it won't work out that way.


"It's clear," he said, "that the people of Iraq are under enormous pressure to give up their oil."


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Congress on Verge of Approving 'Obscene Attempt' to Steal Iraq Oil

Exposes 'hydrocarbon law' benchmark as privatization WASHINGTON, May 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Congress, under intense pressure from the Bush Administration, is on the verge of approving "an obscene attempt to steal the oil resources of Iraq," Democratic Congressman and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said in a nationallytelevised (C-SPAN) speech today.


In an impeccably documented, point-by-point analysis of a little-known provision buried in the Iraq war-funding appropriation under considerationby the U.S. House of Representatives, Kucinich challenged other Housemembers to strip the provision from the bill, or, agree with him that the entire bill should be defeated. The latter option, embodied in Kucinich-sponsored H.R. 1234, would cutoff additional funding for the war and almost immediately begin the process of bringing U.S. troops home. It would also, Kucinich said, send a strong and clear message to the White House: "This war is over, Mr. President."


In an unprecedented, televised hour-long address on the floor of the House, Kucinich, the only Presidential candidate who voted against the original war authorization in 2002 and every war-funding measure since, cited scores of unimpeachable sources and documents supporting his position that the current war appropriation might put upwards of 80 percent of Iraq's estimated $21 trillion in oil resources into the hands of international oil and energy corporations.

"I would like to believe that this war wasn't about oil," Kucinich said. "But I know better." He also noted that his colleagues in the Houseand the Senate had access to the same "million" sources of information thathe did, but failed to recognize the implications of the "hydrocarbon law"benchmark, in part because of intense lobbying and pressure from theAdministration.
The Administration-sponsored language in the current appropriations bill couches Iraq's passage of a "broadly accepted" hydrocarbon law as away of ensuring that oil revenues are shared equitably among the country'sregions. Instead, Kucinich charged, "It's not about sharing revenues equitably."

The real goal, he said, referencing documents that pre-date the2003 invasion of Iraq, was to turn over up to 80 percent of Iraq's oilreserves to multi- national oil corporations. He provided documentation, some dating back to 1999, showing that international oil interests and representatives of the Administration, notably Vice President Dick Cheney, have been strategizing for years about how to open up Iraq's oil industry to exploitation by the world's major oil corporations.


Kucinich provided evidence that, for years, top oil company executives have been advising the U.S. government and the evolving government of Iraq on ways to end Iraq's state-controlled oil industry and to facilitate"foreign investment." Those powerful executives, Kucinich said, have been coveting Iraq's oil reserves -- the second or third largest in the world --since the country nationalized its oil industry in 1975. In his speech, Kucinich quoted U.S. officials, oil industry leaders and analysts, Iraqi officials, and independent policy and research groups to corroborate his long standing position that "it's always been about oil."


As he closed his impassioned message to House colleagues, Kucinich urged, "Let's take a stand for truth and justice. Let's take a stand for what's right." "The war in Iraq is a stain on American history. Let us not further besmirch our nation by participating in the outrageous exploitation of anation which is in shambles due to U.S. intervention."


He concluded, "The truth is what I've told this Congress today."

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Letter BoxBrattleboro Reformer, VT - 23 hours agoOnce we stop allowing our congressman and others to call the occupation a war, we can begin to see the impeachment process much more clearly. ...

Iraq war doesn't factor into impeachment effort

Editor of the Reformer:

In response to Dan DeWalt's column on impeachment in Saturday's Reformer, it isn't about the "war" in Iraq.

Once we stop allowing our congressman and others to call the occupation a war, we can begin to see the impeachment process much more clearly.

Although the most blatant abuses of power center around the war lies, the occupation, as it now exists, is not the main reason we need to impeach Bush and Cheney. Our main reasons should include their complete disregard of the Geneva Conventions, their disregard for the other branches of government and their suspension of habeas corpus.

Our main focus should include the need to protect the office of president of the United States from men and women who would be dictators and use signing laws to circumvent the will of the people and the laws of the land.

Our main concern should be that our children and grandchildren see that when laws are broken there are consequences and that we are collectively looking out for their best interests by enforcing those laws, even if it means dismissing our president and vice president.

At present, my children's generation are learning that when caught breaking laws, it is useful and indeed sufficient to say, "mistakes were made," or "I take responsibility for my actions." What does that mean? How do we hold those people to account?

If we were to use these phrases as a defense for any of the American citizens who are now facing criminal proceedings in court, it is doubtful that any of them would have their charges dropped. But, equally uncertain is whether there is at present any prisoner in U.S. custody whose crimes have adversely affected so many as have the crimes of Bush and Cheney.

You cannot reduce the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people to "collateral damage," nor can you so easily dismiss the heinous crime of sending an innocent Canadian citizen to Syria for torture with no trial, no attorney, no contact with anyone who could help him proclaim his innocence. One man should never have the power, in this country, the United States of America, to wave the right to a fair trial. This one act in itself threatens all of us and is perhaps the biggest crime of all.

I think highly of our Vermont delegation, but I am tired of hearing the impeachment referred to as a "tactic" for ending the "war." It isn't about the "war."

We cannot allow the two parties' need to strategize for 2008 overrule the people's need for a return to American values. This disregard of our very passionate need to see justice done is fueling a deep cynicism and distrust of the government that will cause long-term damage to our democracy.

It is way past time for impeachmentHendersonville Times News, NC - May 21, 2007To The Editor: I don't believe for one second that the Bush administration hasn't now -- on top of everything else -- totally corrupted our federal justice ...
Activists press Welch on impeachment, war funding

By Lisa Rathke / Associated Press

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. --Impeachment activists called on U.S. Rep. Peter Welch at an emotional meeting Saturday to initiate impeachment investigations against President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney as they criticized him for supporting additional funding for the war.

At the town meeting style forum Welch -- who said Thursday that he supports a redeployment bill that would fund the war for two more months -- told the feisty crowd that his goal was to end the war in Iraq and impeachment proceedings would interfere and prolong the fighting.

"HISTORY WILL IMPEACH GEORGE BUSH. WE MUST END THIS WAR," HE SAID.

This is not good enough, not satisfactory, not justice!

Ben Burd of Middlebury disagreed. "We need to judge them now," he said, asking Welch to stop the funding for the war and call for impeachment. "Let the American people know the truth," he said.

About 200 people turned out for the meeting, which was requested by activists. On Saturday, Welch extended the gathering from 90 minutes to two hours so most people who wanted to speak could.

He praised those involved with the impeachment movement in Vermont for "sending a message that we're fed up with the direction of the country. We want our civil liberties protected, we want the Constitution protected ... and we want to end the war in Iraq."

Welch said he disagreed with impeachment but agreed with the indictment against the president.

That response wasn't enough for most in the crowd.

"IT ISN'T ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE. IT'S ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE. WE VOTED FOR YOU BECAUSE WE FELT YOU WOULD REPRESENT OUR VOICE," SAID PEGGY SAPPHIRE OF CRAFTSBURY.

AND THERE IS WHAT MUST BE SAID AGAIN AND AGAIN!

Adrienne Kinne of Sharon, who served in the Army and Army Reserves from 1994 to 2004, said she wondered why "our soldiers are serving this country in defense of our Constitution when Congress is doing nothing to stop Bush and Cheney and the Bush administration from denigrating our Constitution and our American way of life."

Others said Welch didn't have to choose between ending the war and impeachment and said Congress should hold the president and vice president accountable for what they believe were impeachable offenses.

At times the exchanges were testy. Welch was interrupted during his responses, and shouted at from the bleachers in the Hartford High School gymnasium. One of the final speakers threw a microphone in the air when asked to limit his testimony. But a majority at the meeting called for civil discourse.

Welch said he would deliver what he learned Saturday in a speech on the House floor about the grassroots impeachment movement in Vermont, and enter into the Congressional Record a letter from the mother of a fallen soldier.

Last month the state Senate adopted a resolution calling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against the president and vice president. That action followed votes in 40 towns around the state that adopted similar resolutions at their annual town meetings in March.

Organizers said they hoped to hold future meetings with Welch on the topic, including one with Rep. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. Welch said Saturday that he was there to hear their views on impeachment and not to schedule future meetings but said under pressure that he discuss the possibility, depending on his schedule.

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May 16, 2007 at 09:30:02

The Roots of Disaster: Impeachment As Remedy

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By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

What was the route that led the U.S. to its present fiasco in Iraq and elsewhere? We'll get to impeachment below, but for now let's trace back the thread, starting in 1947. This narrative may seem like old history, but it adds to better understanding of how we got from there then to here now. (Much of the shorthand analysis below is derived from my doctoral dissertation on the "Truman Doctrine.")

America, having helped defeat the then-reining "Axis of Evil" -- the fascist triumverate of Germany, Japan, Italy -- was eager to return to post-war normalcy. U.S. troops returned home from Europe and the Pacific; industry converted from manufacturing war materiel to homes, cars, refrigerators; the U.S. economy was starting to hum. Though some Republican rightwingers were suggesting the U.S. should "finish the job" by "rolling back" Stalin's control of Eastern Europe, there wasn't much stomach for starting another world war so soon after the last one ended.

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The British had covertly let the president know that postwar strains on the Empire were taking their toll on that country's economic and political systems. And then, suddenly, the Brits openly informed their American allies that their situation was so tenuous that the U.S. would have to take over the job of propping up the pro-West governments in Turkey and Greece. (Greece had a large, active, armed Communist Party in struggle against the rightwing government.)

BIRTH OF "THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE

President Harry Truman recognized that, given the problems facing the weakened British Empire, the U.S. would indeed have to step in, at least economically, to stabilize the post-war situation. But since Truman hadn't informed the Congress about any of this, suddenly asking them to pony up $400 million for the embattled Greek and Turkish governments was going to be a tough sell.Truman, a Democrat facing a Republican Congress, asked the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, GOP Senator Arthur Vandenberg, for his support. If you want to get that money out of Congress, Vandenberg said, you'll have to "scare hell out of the country." In other words, take a minor budget item and blow it out of all proportion -- couched in a struggle against a Soviet-led, worldwide "Red Menace."

And thus "The Truman Doctrine," initiated by the president and backed by the rabidly anti-Soviet Republicans, was born.

That doctrine basically said that from now on, the U.S. would take action anywhere in the world to combat Communism. Greece/Turkey was the region where the fight would start.Congress did grant Truman the funds for Greece and Turkey, and in so doing the U.S. took a giant step away from its predominantly isolationist stance in world politics. But by agreeing to engage "the enemy" anywhere Communism reared its head, the U.S. locked itself into an unworkable, unrealistic, ultimately self-defeating policy.It was precisely that ideology and worldview that influenced U.S. actions years later when America took over the colonial war in Vietnam that had defeated the French. As the years went by, the U.S. found itself trapped in an Asian quagmire it never fully comprehended, and resisted the popular clamor to cut their losses and bring the boys home.

ISLAMISTS AS THE NEW "COMMUNISTS

I think you can see where I'm going with this ancient history: "scaring hell out of the country" is not a concept unknown in our current situation.The new "communists," so to speak -- Islamic extremists -- bloodied the nose of their American enemy on September 11, 2001 by slaughtering nearly 3000 in New York and Washington. Bush vowed to retaliate. Bush and his neo-con advisers, who already had Iraq in their crosshairs long before 9/11, could have chosen to mount a global campaign to locate, isolate and capture/kill those responsible for the attacks; in other words, it could have treated the conspiracy as an international criminal matter. But that would yield Bush and his supporters very little, politically speaking, especially since the rightwing GOP agenda in Congress was going nowhere.In short, Bush&Co. decided they needed to "scare hell out of the country" -- using supposed WMDs controlled by Saddam, allusions to Iraq-delivered nuclear bombs going off in the U.S., etc. -- in order to gain public approval for the extreme actions the Administration was about to take. A permanent "war against terrorism" would help maintain that level of fright.

Americans probably wouldn't go along with the radical re-direction required, said a Project for The New American Century report (major players: Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney), until or unless a "new Pearl Harbor" occurred. Condi Rice, days after 9/11, said the U.S. should seize the "opportunity" offered by 9/11 for the implementation of its agenda. Whether by conscious action or just plain coincidence, the next "Pearl Harbor" definitely had arrived.

THE FORCE OF NATIONALISM

The decision by Bush&Co. to launch a war of choice against Iraq was based on numerous lies and misconceptions, the supposed WMD being just the most obvious. But there was another huge mistake that was barely noticed.And so it's back to my dissertation on the origins of the Cold War. The American government believed that Communism was a monolithic movement all across the globe; there was little or no recognition that "national communism" could even exist: that Yugoslav communism was different from the variety practiced by the Vietnamese, that Greek communism was distinguishable from that in the Soviet Union, that Chinese communism was different from Romania's -- in short, that there were national interests involved that sometimes trumped Communist solidarity.

Seeing the enemy as a monolith during the Cold War meant that policies based on that simplistic interpretation of Communism were often ill-conceived and dangerously wrong-headed; diplomatic interventions targeted to specific national concerns tended not to be attempted, the results of which were disasters of one sort or another.In the case of Vietnam, for example, this short-sighted analysis of Communist nations led to the deaths of more than 54,000 U.S. troops and as many as two million Vietnamese; the U.S. government could not see that Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist communist, and ignored Vietnam's long history of repelling invaders from China, France and elsewhere.Which brings us to the current Bush Administration and its GOP supporters, who appear to base their policies on the premise that all Islamic jihadists are part of the same monolithic movement.

ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL

Islamists may be moving in roughly the same direction in some loose, even metaphorical, sense. But the Cheney Bush Administration and its supporters don't speculate that way. In the run-up to the war, and even today, many of them conflate those who carried out the 9/11 attacks with the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, as if they were part of a singular Muslim conspiracy -- even though Saddam regarded Islamists as threats to his dictatorial hold on a secular Iraq and murdered them whenever and wherever he found them.

CheneyBush's limited, one-size-fits-all view of the world translates to judging a jihadist in Iraq as being the same as one in Lebanon or Palestine. And thus the U.S. has missed innumerable opportunities to split off Iraqi nationalist fighters from the more extremist Islamist jihadists. Similarly, that attitude has prevented the Administration from talking seriously with neighboring Syria and Iran -- who have their own nationalist concerns with regard to Iraq -- about ways to end the war. Seeing the world through monofaceted, ideological glasses puts foreign/military policy on automatic pilot, while manipulating the press and public with frightening stories of supposedly imminent attacks by a grotesque terrorist-monster.Intelligent foreign policy requires a knowlege of history and politics and religion and language, and a whole lot more.

Had the CheneyBush Administration possessed some of that understanding (or listened to those that did), they might not have blundered their way into the wholesale catastrophe that is its Iraq War and Occupation.

THE WARNINGS IGNORED

For example, they might have listened to their own experts in the State Department and CIA who issued prescient warnings about the likely consequences of attacking and occupying Iraq. They might have heard their European allies advising them not to make a huge mistake by invading that country. They might have been able to hear what 10 million ordinary citizens all around the globe were trying to tell them as they marched and demonstrated against America's about-to-begin war of choice.But Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld and the rest of the neo-con ideologues were blinded by their technological might, by the fact that the U.S. was the only superpower left standing after the Soviet Union fell apart, and by their feeling they could do whatever they wanted to do in the world since nobody could stop them.

Since the Iraq war was launched on the basis of lies and deceptions (and a load of self-deceptions), and was being carried out by incompetents and greedy exploiters way over their heads, their enterprise was doomed from the start. They were unable to admit their errors in policy and execution, and could not accept the fact that their war had stirred-up a hornet's nest of nationalist rebellion in Iraq and elsewhere in the Greater Middle East. Lacking a "Plan B," they compounded their disastrous war and occupation by doing little but "staying the course" with a failed policy for several years.

THE FAST EVAPORATION OF SUPPORT

Eventually, the barest hints of reality made their way into their illusion-based policy, and, at the last minute -- or, more accurately, way past the last minute -- they admitted to themselves that things weren't going well and so tried for a massive do-over with their "surge" of additional tens of thousands of troops into the fray, with thousands more on their way and the field-generals asking for still more.

That policy of escalating the war didn't work in Vietnam, and it isn't working in Iraq. The die was cast long ago and now the only question is whether CheneyBush will be able to stretch out the new "surging" escalation of the war through the November 2008 election.But political support for the continued occupation and escalation of the war in Iraq is quickly evaporating. Former commanding generals in intelligence and in the Iraq theatre (such as Generals Odom, Batiste, Eaton, et al.) are openly denouncing the Administration's disastrous war policies, and reportedly serving generals have said they will resign in protest if the escalation is renewed in the Fall absent clearcut signs of political/military progress.

Delegations of Republican member of Congress are denouncing the CheneyBush war policies to their faces in private White House meetings. The polls continue to reveal the depth of the revulsion nearly two-thirds of Americans have for the Administration's grossly mismanaged war effort in Iraq and the public's desire to end the conflict and bring the troops home.

IMPEACHMENT: THE ONLY LEGAL ALTERNATIVE

Since it doesn't appear that any significant changes in U.S. Iraq policy will be implemented while Cheney Bush rule, and since that policy is endangering America abroad and shredding the Constitution at home, only one legal remedy is available to the Congress and citizenry: impeachment.

To do nothing, to let Cheney Bush run out the clock until the next presidential election, is to consign thousands and thousands of additional U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians to death and injury.

Do we citizens want that blood on our hands, on our consciences? I don't think so.
There are more than enough impeachable offenses ("high crimes and misdemeanors") committed by Cheney and Bush, and their morally corrupt Attorney General, to warrant the immediate convening of a House impeachment panel.

HIGH CRIMES, MISDEMEANORS, MALFEASANCE

The charges would include the lies and deceptions that took this country into an unnecessary war in Iraq, now in its fifth stalemated year; the various manglings of the Constitution that have changed America from a democratic republic to an authoritarian near-dictatorship, thus robbing the citizenry of their rights and legal protections; the refusal to comply with Congressional directives, subpoenas and orders for the production of official documents and records. (Lest we forget, that last one was a key part of the charges voted by the House impeachment panel probing President Nixon's crimes.

Stonewalling, cover up, corruption, wars of choice, wrecking the Constitution -- these emblems of Cheney Bush rule cannot be permitted to continue for another year-and-a-half, lest the nation be effectively destroyed from within.It's long past time for the Democrats and traditional conservative Republicans to begin to rectify the damage done by this reckless, arrogant, bullying, corrupt, power-mad Administration. To get that process moving, impeachment hearings should commence. Now.

Bernard Weiner, Ph.D., has taught government & international relations at universites in California and Washington, worked as a writer/editor with the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly two decades, and currently co-edits The Crisis Papers (www.crisispapers.org). To comment: crisispapers@comcast.net .First published by The Crisis Papers and Democratic Underground 5/15/07.www.crisispapers.org/essays7w/roots.htm Copyright 2007 by Bernard Weiner.

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WE GOT HIM!!!

Let history record that Kelly O'Donnell of NBC News was the first journalist to ask George W. Bush the question that will end his presidency.

We need to halt the nation's business until we get an answer to this question.

The beginning of the end for him, to directly lie to the people. People get pissed. Bush left it unsaid, which is good enough for good 'publicans.

Bush did not lie - he stuck out his tongue, said, "I'm not gonna answer, and you yellow-bellied Dems can't make me do it, because you can't make me do anything," and that is good enough for the Republicans.

Impeach! It's Now Or Never
by buhdydharma

Sat May 12, 2007 at 03:13:15 PM PDT
No....not time to prefer charges in the House....not quite yet....

It is time, my friends, Kossaks and countrymen to swell the ground, rouse the rabble and raise both a hew (and/or hue) and a cry across the land....from north to south across the once God Blessed America. An America that now suffers from sea to shining goddamed sea! Thanks to the evil men who have stolen our greatest gift and blessing. Our heritage. The thing that every American should value above all else and that thing that we know in our hearts we are sworn to protect and defend....whether we have taken an oath or not.

Our Freedom.

Why is it now or never?

Because WE cannot wait for it to happen! We need to be out in front. We are the cutting edge, we have the info, the technology to use it and the platform to use it on. It is time to use our influence on the national political conversation to push impeachment out from the fringes into the mainstream. It was just a question of waiting for enough info to be brought into the light by investigations and of waiting for the rest of the nation to catch up. That time is swiftly approaching.

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Submitted by davidswanson on Sun, 2007-05-13 01:39. Impeachment


By Carla Binion

Without impeachment there won't be serious investigation of Bush-Cheney's lawbreaking. Each day these two criminals remain in office, additional victims of their policies suffer and die.

The administration's war crimes and crimes against humanity -- their ongoing illegal war of aggression and torture policy -- can only be stopped with impeachment and the investigation that would follow.

The mainstream press fails to fully inform the American public. Folks who get their information via the Internet and other alternative sources are the only ones aware of the extent of the Bush-Cheney abuses and the need for impeachment.

The Bush administration's refusal to abide by the Geneva Conventions and comply with the International Criminal Court (ICC) set the stage for its war crimes and human rights violations. As independent journalist Dahr Jamail says in *Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney*:

"By refusing to join the ICC, the United States finds itself in the company of several other nonmember states with records of horrific human rights abuses such as Libya, Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea, Sudan and Pakistan.

"As many as 192 states are signatories of the Geneva Conventions, including the U.S. -- although the U.S. is blatantly disregarding them with regards to Iraq."

According to the Geneva Conventions, civilian populations must be protected. However, Dahr Jamail and others have reported many attacks on Iraqi civilians. "In a home raid that produced no weapons," writes Jamail, "American soldiers detained fifty-seven-year-old Sadiq Zoman at his residence...More than a month later...U.S. soldiers dropped Zoman off, comatose, at a hospital in Tikrit...His body bore telltale signs of torture."

Those signs included electrical burns on the soles of his feet, whip marks and bruises across his back, point burns on his skin and more electrical burns on his genitalia. His wife said to Jamail, "Is it fair for any man's family to be made to suffer like this? Is it right that his daughters must see him like this? Our lives will never be the same again, no matter what happens."

Article 17 of the Third Geneva Convention says, "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever."

Jamail recounts the story of Iraqi civilian Ali Abbas, who lived in Baghdad and was employed in civil administration. Friends asked Abbas to inquire at a nearby U.S. base about the inordinate number of their innocent neighbors being detained.

On Abbas' fourth visit to the base, he was also detained, and then sent to Abu Ghraib and held without charges for over three months. He was later released.

Abbas had a loaded gun held to his head "to prevent him from crying out in pain as his hand ties were tightened," according to Jamail. Abbas said, "My hands were enlarged because there was no blood because they cuffed them so tight. My head was covered with [a] sack, and they fastened my right hand to a pole with handcuffs. They made me stand on my toes to clip me to it."

He was beaten on his genitals and denied food and water. According to Jamail, a female soldier told Abbas, "Our aim is to put you in hell."

Jamail notes that an April 2005 Human Rights Watch report said: "Abu Ghraib was only the tip of the iceberg, it's now clear that abuse of detainees has happened all over -- from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay to a lot of third-country dungeons where the United States has sent prisoners. And probably quite a few places we don't even know about."

Former Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, once in charge of Abu Ghraib, gave testimony in 2006, that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had issued a memo approving "harsher interrogation techniques" for use at Abu Ghraib. Karpinski said Rumsfeld handwrote in the memo's left margin: "Make sure this happens!"

Karpinski told the War Crimes Commission in 2006: "The Secretary of Defense would not have authorized [the harsh techniques] without the approval of the Vice President."

In another chapter of the above-referenced book, historian Jeremy Brecher; assistant dean at Yale College, Jill Cutler; and writer-attorney, Brendan Smith write that "war crimes are high crimes." They say Bush and Cheny should be investigated for "initiating a war of aggression, abusing noncombatants, and engaging in torture and prisoner abuse."

The president and vice president are required to obey the law, and, as these authors suggest, "The United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and other treaties ratified under the authority of the United States are the supreme law of the land."

Brecher, Cutler and Smith go on to say, "Today the Bush administration has subverted constitutional government from within. It has paralyzed the constraints that would limit executive authority...When asked at his Senate confirmation hearings whether he agreed that the President could simply refuse to obey a law he considered unconstitutional, President Bush's Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales assented."

Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh lamented that by that same logic, the President would also have "unfettered authority to license genocide." The Bush administration has granted itself the powers of a dictatorship -- a cruel, violent dictatorship, and Congress has sat back and allowed it to happen.

Every day Bush and Cheney remain in office, some new victim of their unlawful policies will face agony or death. There's a soldier or innocent civilian alive in Iraq today who will not be alive tomorrow, because of the Bush-Cheney policies. Whose son or daughter will this be? Whose father or mother?

When Congress fails to impeach, they implicitly give their blessing to this tragic situation. Impeachment has to precede genuine investigation. Ordinary citizens who care at all about the issue should keep up the effort to wake Congress as to the importance of such an investigation.

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Some of the Highlights from the Truckload of Smoking Guns Dropped off in Recent Months
Submitted by davidswanson on Sat, 2006-04-22 16:27. Evidence


A memo from a January, 2003, White House meeting of Bush and Blair at which Bush made clear that the U.S. would go to war with or without the United Nations and proposed various strategems to try to create a justification for war.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/whitehousememo


A report that the CIA had strong evidence before the war that Iraq possessed no Weapons of Mass Destruction.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/9141


A January, 2003, State Department memo showing awareness that Niger documents were forgeries.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/8889


A British memo shows that Bush proposed bombing Al Jazeera.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/5073


A report that Bush was personally informed that the aluminum tubes claims were not supported by the State Department or the Department of Energy and that Iraq was very unlikely to attack the United States.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/8440


Testimony that Bush and Cheney were involved in the leaking of misleading classified information and in a campaign of retribution against Joseph Wilson.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/8586


Paul Pillar, who was the CIA's national intelligence officer for the Middle East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, writes that facts were fixed to support going to war.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/7732


Top aide to Secretary of State says facts were fixed to support going to warhttp://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/1907


An Amnesty International report on ongoing torture and unlawful detention.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/8686


Reports that almost 100 prisoners have died in US custody.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/8078


"State of War" by James Risen reveals illegal spying and reports on meeting between MI6 and CIA that preceded the Downing Street Meeting in July 2002.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/6558


"Constitution in Crisis" by John Conyers summarizes evidence of illegal activities.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/?q=node/5769


Henry Waxman collects 237 Bush administration lies in a searchable database.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/5394


Report that Germans told US "Curveball" was unreliable.http://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/4960


U.S. Army admits using White Phosphorous as a weaponhttp://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/4576


Cheney's Chief of Staff Indicted for Obstruction of Justicehttp://www.afterdowningstreet.com/node/4161


Key Documents
Iran War Lies

Count of the Dead

Articles of Impeachment

Downing Street Documents

White House Memo

CBC: The Lies That Led to War

Recent Evidence

Evidence of War Lies

State of War

Constitution in Crisis

Major Reports

Bonifaz to Conyers

Talking Points

Yoo Memo

First Iraq, Then Saudi

Bush letter to Congress

Bush report to Congress

Bush to U.N.

Bush in Cincinnati

2003 State of the Union

Powell at U.N.

Powell's Presentation

Cheney's Notes

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It took 13 colonies to throw out the last King George. Thirteen state Democratic parties have now passed resolutions demanding impeachment, nine of them since Nancy Pelosi ordered the Democratic Party away from impeachment.

In May 2004, the Nevada Democratic Party led the way, passing a resolution demanding Bush's impeachment. On June 12, 2005, the Wisconsin Democratic Party passed a resolution demanding the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. On January 28, 2006, the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee called for the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales, a call echoed by the full state party in June with the focus on Bush alone. On March 21, 2006, the New Mexico Democratic Party backed impeaching Bush and removing him from office. In April 2006, the Vermont Democratic Party resolved that Bush should face impeachment immediately.

Not a bad start: Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Vermont. Of course, Rumsfeld's gone (though not yet prosecuted), and we all know where Gonzales is.

At this point in our story, a year ago now, the Republican National Committee made its baseless claim that talk of impeachment would benefit Republicans in the November 2006 elections, and Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi immediately announced that impeachment was off the table.
But it wasn't. On May 20, 2006, The Colorado Democratic Party included in its platform a call for Bush and Cheney to be "investigated, censured or if appropriate, impeached."

On May 21, 2006, the Alaska Democratic Party passed a resolution "calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney; and … the recall of Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank and the dismissal of Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense." In June 2006, the Hawaii Democratic Party voted to call for the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Gonzales and their prosecution for war crimes. Also in June, Maine called for Bush and Cheney to be impeached, New Hampshire asked for Bush to be impeached, and the full North Carolina Party, as noted above, called for Bush's impeachment.

Now we're rolling. Look at this list: Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Mexico, Vermont, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and New Hampshire. That's 10 state Democratic Parties demanding impeachment by June of last year, and seven of them after Pelosi ordered impeachment off the table, and before the elections. Predictably, these states did very well for the Democrats in the elections, as Nevada did in 2004 as well. And, of course, Wolfowitz is on his way out (though not yet prosecuted).
In September 2006, still pre-elections, Washington State's Democratic Party called for Bush and Cheney to be impeached. In March 2007, the Oregon Democratic Party did the same. In April 2007, California called for "appropriate remedies and punishment, including impeachment," for Bush and Cheney.


And in the May 2007, The California Democractic Party Convention passed its' resolution of Impeachment over Speaker Pelopsi's attempts to block it. She failed and is in danger of failing in hwe own 2008 reelection bid.
And now Massachusetts has joined the list. On May 19, 2007, the Massachusetts Democratic Party passed a resolution calling on "the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate these charges and if the investigation supports the charges, vote to impeach George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney." The charges were as follows:

"Whereas George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have: • Deliberately misled the nation about the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war;

• Condoned the torture of prisoners in violation of the Geneva Convention & US law;

• Approved illegal electronic surveillance of American citizens without a warrant." The majority of these resolutions have never been reported in the media. Therefore, this list is almost certainly incomplete. So are the following tallies: * Cities and towns that have backed impeachment by resolution, public vote, or both: 79.

* Largest cities: Detroit, home of the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and San Francisco, home of the Speaker of the House.

* Earliest and most frequent city: Santa Cruz beginning in 2003.

* States where impeachment has been introduced into the legislature at least once: 10 (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Vermont).

* State legislative bodies that have voted on impeachment: 3 (Vermont Senate, Vermont House, New Mexico Senate).

* State legislative bodies that have passed impeachment resolutions: 1 (Vermont Senate).

* National political parties backing impeachment: 1 (Green).

* Non-Democratic state political parties backing impeachment: 2 (Vermont Progressives, California Greens).

* Democrats Abroad Chapters backing impeachment: 1.

* Local political party organizations that have backed impeachment: 32.

* Labor unions backing impeachment: 1.

* Page listing all these resolutions: http://impeachpac.org/resolutions-list

* How to make corrections or additions to the list:

* Organization helping promote Democratic Party resolutions, including those recently passed in Massachusetts and California:

* Articles of impeachment introduced against Bush: 3 (by Rep. Cynthia McKinney).

* Articles of impeachment introduced against Cheney: 3 (by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, H Res. 333, http://www.impeachcheney.org/ ).

* Impeachment Resource Center: http://afterdowningstreet.org/ resourcecenter

Impeachment Charts
By PSoTD Posts that contain "impeach Cheney" per day for the last 30 days. Technorati Chart Get your own chart! Posts that contain "impeach Bush" per day for the last 30 days. Technorati Chart Get your own chart!PSoTD - http://www.psotd.com/

VT Progressives Unanimously Endorse Bush Impeachment Resolution
They unanimously endorsed a resolution calling on Democratic Congressman Peter Welch to initiate impeachment proceedings of the President and Vice President. It's similar to the impeachment resolutions approved at 35 town meetings in ...AfterDowningStreet.org - Impeach... - http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

Plenty of reasons for impeachment
Hendersonville Times News - Hendersonville,NC,USATo The Editor: Cheney is guilty of war crimes, of lying to get us into the Iraq war. He shot someone in the face and there never was a good explanation for ...See all stories on this topic

Kucinich To Address Portland Town Meeting On Impeachment
WCSH-TV - Portland,ME,USA

WASHINGTON - MAY 17 -From formal Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney to edible Impeach MINTS being sent to Congress, pressure to put impeachment on the table.

Kucinich, a Democrat who's again running for president, last month introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. ...See all stories on this topic

New Momentum For Putting Impeachment On The Table
Common Dreams (press release) - Portland,ME,USAWASHINGTON - MAY 17 -From formal Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney to edible ImpeachMINTS being sent to Congress, pressure to put impeachment on ...See all stories on this topic

Putting Impeachment On the Table
By Jeff Cohen From my perch as a consultant to Progressive Democrats of America, I see mounting pressure to put impeachment on the table. Momentum is building due to continuous revelations of an imperial White House bent on undermining our system of ...The Smirking Chimp - News And... - http://www.smirkingchimp.com

Freepi Demand Impeachment
By Atrios(Atrios) Funny.Eschaton - http://atrios.blogspot.com/

Green Party Pressures its own in MN on Impeachment
By Causal(Causal) Greens are now contacting Cam Gordon to carry forward a Resolution for Impeachment to the Minneapolis City Council, thereby reflecting the will of the Green party membership in Minnesota. Cam's office phone # contact and e-mail are ...Impeach Bush for Peace - http://impeachfp.blogspot.com/

Michael Shaw: Reading The Pictures: Impeachment? We Looked At It ...
By Michael Shaw Besides a near-endorsement from WAPO columnist Richard Cohen, the MSM has been (visually and textually) pretty quiet about the Cheney impeachment effort. That, despite the fact the measure has picked up four co-sponsors now, ...The Huffington Post Raw Feed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/

Beloved Right-Wing Message Board Demands Bush Impeachment
Wonkette (satire) - Washington,DC,USAI agree that impeachment is in order. And the SELL OUT of the AMERICAN people begins! Bring my Step-Son home from Iraq now El Presedente. ...See all stories on this topic

Hooray, a Conyers impeachment proposal finally passed
DetNews.com - Detroit,MI,USAUS Rep. John Conyers of Detroit has been held in check in his never-ending campaign to impeach the president, but that doesn't mean his wife can't act. ...See all stories on this topic

Comey's Evidence of a Crime - Impeachment Charges Just Sitting There!
OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAby Michael Collins Page 1 of 3 page(s). Tuesday was a remarkable day at the US Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. The exchange between Sen. ...See all stories on this topic

The promised impeachment podcast
By Blue Gal(Blue Gal) Links I mention: GQ Magazine Herbert P. Bix, "Americans should fight for impeachment of Bush, Cheney" Cernig/Newshog: "Pressuring Dems on Presidential Powers" working on an RSS feed for this. Watch this space.Blue Gal - http://bgalrstate.blogspot.com/

Jeff Cohen: Putting Impeachment On the Table
By Jeff Cohen From my perch as a consultant to Progressive Democrats of America, I see mounting pressure to put impeachment on the table. Momentum is building due to continuous revelations of an imperial White House bent on undermining our system of ...The Huffington Post Raw Feed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/

Gonzales Impeachment Poster
By Olds 88 Short and sweet: This diary's purpose is to distribute a poster I have made calling for Alberto Gonzales' impeachment (larger versions below).Daily Kos - http://www.dailykos.com/section/Diary

Elizabeth Holtzman Speaks on the Question of Impeachment
Elizabeth Holtzman, a former four-term Congresswoman and DA of Brooklyn, will discuss the subject of impeachment Wednesday, May 23 at 8:00 pm at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown NY 10940. ...AfterDowningStreet.org - Impeach... - http://www.afterdowningstreet.org


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