Friday, June 17, 2005

Impeachable Offenses are Here Again

"Quite frankly, evidence that appears to be building up points to whether or not the president has deliberately misled Congress to make the most important decision a president has to make, going to war," Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said earlier at the event on Capitol Hill.

Misleading Congress is an impeachable offense, a point that Rangel underscored by saying he's already been through two impeachments. --PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

Impeachment talk making the press--It’s about time. It appears to be OK to lie to the American people and the UN about reasons to invade Iraq, but lying to congress becomes an impeachable offense. Nixon was not forced to resign from office under threat of impeachment for all the unconstitutional acts he and his cronies committed--articles of impeachment were reported from the House Juidiary Committee because of the smoking gun tape, that Nixon lied about covering up the other acts. Clinton was impeached for lying to a grand jury about getting a blow-job in the Oval Office, not for actually “having sex with that woman.”

It doesn’t matter why Bush gets impeached. The matter is that we the people need to tell a leader heading down the unbridled path toward dictatorship that we won’t stand for that in these United States. And don’t worry that Cheney will become president when Bush is convicted of the impeachable offenses, because he’ll be in on the indictment as well. Then we can get out of Iraq and spend the war fund money on saving lives instead of ending them.

Now, more than 26 months after the invasion, 100,000 Iraqis have been killed (according to the British medical journal The Lancet) and Iraq is in chaos. Over 1,700 U.S. troops have been killed and tens of thousands have been maimed, suffering from serious wounds, injuries and illnesses, including enormous psychological trauma.

All this killing, dying and suffering is the result of a war justified by a deliberate campaign of unmitigated lies and deception knowingly carried out by Bush and his top associates - Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice,
Powell, Wolfowitz, et. al. All who remain in office should be removed and face trial for their war crimes. It is worth noting that the most serious category of war crimes is the Crime Against Peace; that is, planning and carrying out a war of aggression against another state which poses no threat to the aggressor state.—

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