Foreign Policy & Terrorism | June 12, 2005
Posting in "GordonTalk"
from Left Field"
month after releasing the now-infamous Downing
Street Memo, The
Sunday Times has just dropped another bombshell: In the
newly released briefing paper for the July 23, 2002
meeting whose minutes were recorded in the Memo, the estimable
London newspaper now reports that "Tony
Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of
Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President
George W. Bush three months earlier."
read that right: The decision to invade Iraq was made in
April of 2002 -- not in the winter of 2003 after the Bush
Administration told the WMD inspectors to get out or get bombed;
not in the fall of 2002 when the Administration
presented a pack of lies to the UN, the US Congress, and the
American people; no, not even shortly before that July 23rd
meeting on Downing Street, in which the head of British
intelligence, MI6, said that "the intelligence and facts
were being fixed around the policy" in Washington; but almost
a year before we started this neverending bloodbath with
"little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after
[initial] military action".
directly contradicts the
statements that the President made to the American public during
the April 2002 summit ("I explained to the prime
minister that, you know, that the policy of my government is the
removal of Saddam, and that all options are on the table")
and continuing through the
statements the President made as late as last week: When
asked at their joint press conference whether the intelligence
had indeed been "fixed" to support a pre-ordained
policy of removing Hussein by military force, Blair said,
"No, the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at
all;" and Bush insisted, "There's nothing farther from
the truth...Look, both of us didn't want to use our
Clinton said he didn't have relations with "that
woman". But he did and got impeached for covering it up.
Nixon said he was "no crook". But he was and got
articles of impeachment drafted against him for covering it up.
misleading a nation into war, let alone covering it up, is
the gravest malfeasance of office that a president can commit in
a democracy, a higher crime and misdemeanor than those that have
in recent history prompted impeachment -- and precedent is
the very foundation of our common-law concept of the rule of
subordinate officer in the military who lied to his superiors
with the result that those under his command were killed or
wounded and who later lied to hide his original deceit could
expect a court martial, with a very unfavorable outcome.
Commander in Chief -- subordinate in all things to the People
and answerable in matters of war to the Congress, as prescribed
by the Constitution he has sworn to uphold -- should expect no
the People should expect no less.
an authoritative, yet brief and easy-to-comprehend discussion of
the consensus among constitutional scholars as to what actually
constitutes an impeachable offense -- those vaguely defined
"high crimes and misdemeanors" -- please visit ThatColoredFellasweblog.
join the rapidly expanding coalition urging the U.S. Congress to
begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has
committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war,
visit After Downing
Street Dot Org.
join the hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens who are
demanding answers not yet forthcoming, please
sign the online petition that will be delivered to the
White House on Thursday by the irrepressible Rep. John Conyers,
Jr. (D-Mich.), who drafted the now-famous letter signed by
dozens of his colleagues in Congress, which was unceremoniously
ignored by the Bush Administration.
action in the U.S. Senate, please
sign Ted Kennedy's petition.
never forget, this
story was largely and intentionally ignored by the mainstream
media in this country until the nonstop, impassioned
blogging across the Internet became too formidable to ignore.
we learned in Watergate, no one in the United States -- not even
the President -- is above the rule of law.
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