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Summer- A Time For Hot Dogs, The Beach and The Impeachment Of George W Bush


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By Chuck Terzella

Well, it's summertime and an once again Washington watchers are gearing up for that age old pastime: that's right folks...it's Impeachment Season. The warm and balmy months in our nations capitol are traditionally a time for frolicking poolside and attempting to bring down our nations leaders.

It will be remembered by the half dozen Americans who actually pay attention to what their nations leaders are doing that Presidents Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan all faced impeachment, or at least the threat of it, during the summer months. Now, apparently, it's George W. Bush's turn.

The revelation of what has become known as the "Downing Street Memo" and which may come to be referred to as the Real Downer Memo by White House insiders has begun to reverberate throughout the halls of Congress and the Senate, prompting Democrats and even some Republicans to call for a formal investigation into when exactly President Bush decided to bomb the crap out Baghdad. Bits and pieces of evidence suggest that it was as early as November of 2001, or a full fifteen months before the invasion began, something that the Bush Administration has long denied. Those same bits and pieces also seem to suggest that George Bush and his staff were not just committed to war, they were also willing to manufacture the pretext to support it.

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's report that discounted the Administration's claim that Iraq had attempted to purchase yellowcake from Niger in an attempt to manufacture nuclear weapons earned him the approbation of the Administration in general and of White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove in particular; the result was the vindictive outing of Wilson's wife undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame by Conservative columnist and White House confidant Robert Novak. Revealing the name of a Central Intelligence Agency operative is a treasonous crime, but at this point neither Karl Rove nor Robert Novak has suffered from any fallout from doing just that. Instead the Administration continued to use the discredited information as one of it's pretexts for war.

The Downing Street Memo and related British documents also point out that Great Britain was worried that while the United States certainly had the military capability to invade Iraq and destroy it's army the Bush Administration never bothered to take in account the aftermath of that invasion other than blithely assuming that the Iraqi people would welcome the invaders with open arms. This assumption on America's part fell a bit short of the mark. Now, with American casualties mounting, the nation of Iraq still in turmoil more than two years after the invasion and no solid American plan for pacifying the country, allegations of torture and prisoner abuse by the Army at the Abu Grab an Guantanamo Bay prisons and a growing insurgency in both Iraq and Afghanistan, even some stalwart Republican supporters of the President are beginning to question the pretext for the war and it's aftermath.

The White House however is continuing to refuse admit that it's pretexts for war were mistaken, although it has been forced to acknowledge that there never were any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. One by one, all the reasons it gave to justify invasion... that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11 attacks, that Iraq was harboring and aiding terrorists, that Saddam Hussein could launch a massive bio-chemical attack in as little as forty five minutes...have all been disproved. Ironically, George Bush has been forced to fall back on the one justification that before the invasion even he said wasn't a valid reason to attack; namely that Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator and the world would be better off without him.

Up until the Downing Street Memo, these revelations have only pointed to the Bush Administration being politically and strategically inept which, given the nature of American politics, is not illegal. However, the evidence is mounting that George Bush and his staff deliberately misled Congress and the American people in order to bring about a war with Iraq, which most certainly is a crime.

Whether this war was waged to distract the public from the Administrations intelligence failures that led to 9/11, or the White House's desire to secure another base of operations in the Middle East in response to the growing antipathy by the Saudi Arabian people to American military installations in that country, or to secure not just Iraq's vast oil reserves but also to control the water supplies of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the arid Middle East or something so elemental as the desire for revenge against a man who tried to assassinate the President's father is still a matter of conjecture. Maybe it's all of the above. What is certain is that barring some additional Administration slight of hand that will distract the American peoples growing concern about the war and it's costs, President Bush faces a long, hot summer.

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Very nice piece. Well written and has me simply overflowing with hope for an early impeachment (followed by criminal trials).

How will Bush act on a witness stand, all by his lonesome self? Will he be able get through half an explanation of a single lie with out completely embarrassing himself and everyone watching?

Oh God, I can't wait.

Ah, summer. The season dreams take flight.

I sure hope the writer is correct. Naturally there has been plenty of passion for impeachment here on the Web and in the Blogosphere, but I've despaired of this issue getting any real traction in Washington. Maybe the day will come when some Republicans will start to feel a sense of ethical and moral obligation to hold this corrupt administration responsible for its criminal acts. The standard of truth telling for going to war should be very, very high -- and that's not a partisan idea. By any standard the administration played fast and lose with the truth, and as a result innocent people die each day. We need a time of reckoning.

Not likely. Something they may feel is fear for their jobs in '06.

The entire Bush farce is the brain child of the Project for the New American Century (www.newamericancentury.org), whose agenda includes:

1) Increase an already enormous military budget at the expense of domestic social programs
2) Toppling of regimes resistant to our corporate interests
3) Forcing democracy at the barrel of a gun in regions that have no history of the democratic process
4) Replacing the UN’s role of preserving and extending international order

You can read it all in their own words on their own website.

PNAC members include:
Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
Paul Wolfowitz
William J. Bennett
Jeb Bush
Steve Forbes
Dan Quayle
Elliott Abrams
Gary Bauer

Of particular interest is their Document entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses":
http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

I believe it's page 41 or 42 (if you're looking at the actual page numbers instead of the key on the left of your pdf reader) where you will discover, again, in their own words, that their grand plan would take a very long time to be realized, "absent some catastrophic catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor".

It would certainly seem like there are two choices - One unbelievable, the other beyond unbelievable.

Either they let 9/11 happen or they MADE it happen, to set their plan (in which Iraq is just another step) in motion.

The amazing thing about the PNAC is that they have everything in their version of 'Mein Kampf' posted on the web and nobody seems to give a damn. I can't tell you how many times I've taken a snippet from their site and emailed the mass media and congress, only to be ignored or sent some form letter that has nothing to do with my correspondence... I'm getting sick of this, but I think what we all need to start thinking about is becoming self sufficient when it comes to transportation and our home power needs. Taking oil out of the equation will help to cripple the PNAC and their friends. Screw this administration, they don't own us, they only own the things we think we can't live without (or variations thereof).

Here's my rant of the day(BushCo. and PNAC are one in the same):

Why are we in Iraq and when will we leave?

I think we are witnessing a new gold rush, substitute the American West with the Middle East and gold with oil and it all seems pretty cut and dry. The oil traders, attorneys, and corporate heads in BushCo. are going to drag this one out to the very end. Considering the fact that other reliable forms of energy already exist and are currently in use around the globe, it's obvious that they want to continue down the road of oil until we run out; look at Europe, they have been supplementing their oil use and electrical generation for quite some time. Our government and our citizens need to get on the ball. Bush will not pull out of Iraq until they have built high walls topped with razor wire around the oilfields over there. Why the heck is oil so important? Is it because oil is the only economy base that the administration understands anymore? Are they not at all prepared for a change? Do they think that the rest of the world is going to sit idly by and continue to use the oil they capture while waiting until America is ready to convert? They can make money from new energy technologies and the industries that those technologies will bring about just as easily (and seamlessly, if conversion starts before the supply of oil really begins it's decline), not to mention the fact that there are a multitude of new energy patents which are currently owned by the big oil companies (which they hide away from the rest of us, every corporation has got to have it's trade secrets).

I often wonder what it's like to be addicted to money the way that this administration is. Money is their drug, they are so addicted to the current economy and the money they grab from it that they have gone to war with the Middle East to ensure that they are controlling the global oil economy until the last drop goes through the pipelines. The desire to be in control of the final decline of oil, if done from a humanitarian angle (saving our economy and people from possible end-of era regression) could be looked at from the perspective that the end justifies the means, but when done in the manner that BushCo. has, (lying, covering up or otherwise changing facts, ignoring questions asked of it's citizens and press) it seems more along the lines of deceitful corporate money-grabbing and self interest. If they don't act soon the aforementioned patents the energy corporations hold wont mean squat. It's going to take a good amount of the remaining oil to fabricate the opening salvo of new industrial machinery and the equipment necessary to convert, being that it currently takes the usage of oil to allow today's industry to function. Considering the track record of the administration, it's unlikely that they have any such plan in mind. They are far too unwilling to listen to reason, and why should they? They are here for the quick money, the easy money that they are accustomed to and so enamored by.

If our country could either get off the current electricity grids and create one hundred percent of the power our homes consume or enact a law requiring our utility companies to make the switch then it seems to me that would cut our dependence on oil by nearly half which would allow for more time to develop new resources for transportation. It would be optimal to convert both utilities and transportation on a concurrent time frame, however there would be less shake up within the global economy if one commitment was executed prior to the other. Some companies, like Toyota have their own time frame, they have announced an additional 10 hybrid vehicles to their lineup over the next decade, seen here: http://biz.yahoo.com/usat/050803/13023716.html?.v=2. Maybe we'll all be able to buy John Deere wind generators from Home Depot in the near future! Not really soon enough, but Deere is doing something nonetheless. Here's a bit from Renewable Energy Access: http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=34959.

Scary Stuff! http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/

-Ben

-BeNt
bentpatriot@yahoo.com

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