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Will the U.S. Anti-War Movement Impeach Bush?


By Virginia Rodino
June 21, 2005

Cindy Sheehan, founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, an advocacy group for families of soldiers killed in Iraq, voiced her satisfaction at a June 16 "Presidential Accountability" rally which focused on the Downing Street Memo and the crisis of the Bush Administration regarding its continued occupation of Iraq.

The rally followed a hearing led by Representative John Conyers, Jr., the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus. The hearing explored details of the "Downing Street Memo," the leaked British document which shows that the Bush Administration planned the pre-emptive invasion of Iraq as early as July 2002.

At this hearing, which was denied a proper meeting room and was suspiciously in competition with 11 concurrently scheduled House votes called by Republicans, three dozen Democratic representatives joined with Conyers in a tiny basement room, declaring that the Downing Street memo was the first "primary source" document to report that prewar intelligence was intentionally manipulated in order to make a case for invading Iraq. Anti-war statements were also given by former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Boston lawyer John Bonifaz, a co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org., and Cindy Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., the mother of Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq in April 2004.

The Downing Street memo, disputed by Washington and London in some of its details but not its authenticity, gives the minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his national security advisors. The internal memo states that, in the opinion of "C" (Sir Richard Dearlove, the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service), "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the [Bush administration's] policy. It "seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action." Since then, several other British government memos have become public that also make the case that the White House was planning the war long before it admitted to doing so.

At the hearing, Sheehan said, "I think maybe I'm going to get some justice for Casey, and for the 1,713 other brave Americans and the tens of thousands, uncounted and countless Iraqi people who have been killed by lies and by the betrayal of our country." She continued, "President George W. Bush doesn't deserve our allegiance. He doesn't deserve to go back to Crawford, Texas. He deserves to go to prison for what he did."

Sheehan's sentiments of prosecuting Bush and Co. were echoed at the rally by members of Congress. The deliberate misleading of Congress is an impeachable offense under the U.S. Constitution. In addition, under the precedents established at Nuremberg, Bush and other members of his administration such as Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condeleeza Rice, and others, could be indicted and tried for war crimes under international law.

The Democratic representatives attending the earlier hearing asserted that if information contained in the Memo had been available to the Congress prior to the war, neither the House nor the Senate would have supported the Oct. 11, 2002, congressional vote empowering the president to order the invasion.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., asked simply, "Has the president misled, or deliberately misled, the Congress?"

Bonifaz, who served as lead counsel for a coalition of U.S. soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and Members of Congress in a federal lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush's authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action, noted, "The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution."

The Downing Street Memo, has actually been published in its entirety by a number of U.S. newspapers. Meanwhile, polls show that support for the Iraqi War is rapidly declining in the country, and that at least one Republican member of Congress, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, has come out against the war.

On May 5, 2005, Rep. Conyers had sponsored a hearing in which he and 88 other congressional members demanded in a letter to Bush, that five questions related to the Memo be answered. Bush has not yet responded. A grassroots Internet initiative has solicited over 560,000 signatures of concerned citizens in support of Conyers' letter.

Rep. Conyers, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Diane E. Watson (D-CA), Rep. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and other congressional members personally delivered these signatures to the guards at a White House gate after the June 16 rally in Lafayette Park.

Rep. Waters also spoke to the rally at Lafayette Park, "Today is a new beginning. We are now focusing on the big lie. The Congress has come alive. We are going to take on this president in a real way. We are going to take it to the streets."

Waters emphasized that the president is "a liar," re-emphasizing that "There were never any WMD." Waters announced to the crowd that fifty members of the House have already signed on to the newly formed "Out of Iraq Caucus."

Conyers, who was one of the keynote speakers at a massive March 15, 2003, anti-war rally in Washington, D.C., and has declared that it is the U.S., not Iraq, that needed "a regime change," said at the June 16 rally, "This is a great, historic day in America. We have finally broken through the stonewalling that has been going on in the Congress. Now, we were told one thing in America, but in London they were planning a war all the time....We need more hearings, more questions and more marches and more protests. This is only a beginning, which is going to turn this sad and terrible war around."

The recent hearing and rally and their aftermath has ushered in new energy and confidence to the anti-war movement. The excitement of the realistic possibility of the impeachment of Bush and the participation of elected officials will help to broaden the movement even further. What is absolutely crucial for U.S. anti-war and anti-imperialist activists at this juncture, is to not simply stop at the doorstep of the progressives in the Democratic Party.

The final conclusion to all of this energy to impeach Bush and Co, and try them for war crimes -- the final conclusion was to vote Democrat, in order to "take back our Congress" and "take back our country."

The call from the podium, the leaflets being passed around, the organizers were all working for the Progressive Democrats of America - most of these same people who were rallying against the war would not have come out if Kerry were across the street in the White House, increasing the number of troops in Iraq as he said he would. Elected officials of the Democrat Party and the DNC receive campaign contributions from the same companies in the military industry as the Republican Party (see Amy Goodman's book "Exception to the Rulers."

As uplifting as the June 16 events were, they demonstrated clearly the constant danger of American voters and activists buying into the least-worst "alternative." The Congress, in a bipartisan manner, still recently voted for the $86 billion to fund the occupation of Iraq. True and complete societal change is endangered when we stop short of our ultimate goal by saying, "There are good individuals in this present party or system." Was Bill Clinton a "better" individual, even though he presided over 8 years of sanctions against the people of Iraq, sanctions that killed over a million Iraqis?

In every corrupt system, there exist great individuals. There are "nice guy" CEOs, warm-hearted military generals, there were even conscientious people in the Nazi party who worked to do the right thing and subvert. The existence of great, progressive individuals is not in dispute -- in fact, these individuals demonstrate clearly the indomitable human spirit and the reason why struggle is necessary. Even in the most desperate, cruel, and seemingly unsurvivable situations, people have resisted, and sometimes won (let's look at the courage of the Intifadas and Insurgencies in Iraq and Palestine, for example). Great individuals, however, do not justify barbaric, unnatural, inhumane systems - they instead give evidence to why those systems need to be toppled, for without the repression and oppression of these systems, all of us, every one of us, could shine and be great individuals.

The task now is to remind ourselves that the progressive elected officials were pushed and dragged into action by the demonstrators in the street, by the deluge of calls, faxes, sit-ins by anti-war citizens to their elected representatives. We need to empower ourselves with the knowledge that it was our action in the streets that enabled the recent moves by the progressives in Congress. We then must take this energy, and empower the entire international movement with this new confidence and success. In this manner, we can truly work to end all wars, and the incessant drive of profit over the safety and welfare of the world's people.

Virginia Rodino is on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice and a director of Democracy Rising. You can comment on this column at her blogspot www.DemocracyRising.US.

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I find it amazing that Virginia Rodino can see back in time and forward again through an alternative history and into the future to determine athoritatively that most PDA activists, despite the fact that they have been among the leaders in the current charge against the war in Iraq, WOULD NOT be doing so had Kerry won! How interesting... and completely false.

But worse is her conflation of PDA with the corporate Democrats - insinuating that PDA gets funding from the military industrial complex! Believe it or not, Rodino wrote, "The call from the podium, the leaflets being passed around, the organizers were all working for the Progressive Democrats of America - most of these same people who were rallying against the war would not have come out if Kerry were across the street in the White House, increasing the number of troops in Iraq as he said he would. Elected officials of the Democrat Party and the DNC receive campaign contributions from the same companies in the military industry as the Republican Party (see Amy Goodman's book "Exception to the Rulers."

While it's certainly true that the corporate Democrats take dirty money and support dirty policies, including dirty wars, the presence of the second sentence in that paragraph indicates the author conflates PDA with the mainstream Democratic Party... and insinuates that PDA is funded by the same interests. That's quite a laugh! Go tell that to the half dozen PDA staffers who are rarely and barely paid! As a matter of fact, Ms. Rodino, most of us were quite active in opposition to the war, and supported primary candidates who opposed the war. We would be every bit as vehement in our opposition to a Kerry war as a Bush war - despite what your crystal ball tells you!

PDA has set about the long-term task of transforming the Democratic Party into one based on justice, ecology and democracy. This work will take many years, no matter who happens to be in the White House. The mere fact that PDA is committed to this strategy does not mean it share funders or philosophy with mainstream Democrats. Better take the crystal ball in for a cleaning!

I couldn't agree with Joe in the previous post much more than to say that Bush and Kerry are one in the same and the current Republican and Democratic parties are one in the same with a few exceptions. The Downing Street Memo is beginning to get the attention of the puppets in the Bush administration. The constitution of the united states (note no capital letters) states that the president shall not represent a party. Get it folks? No republicans and no democrats. It is time for an independent representative as so stated in the constitution. Wake up America and take down the corrupt government which is now holding our great country hostage!

I hope people wake up to the fact that this war is based on
fabricated intel, exaggerations, and false threats endorsed by a huge conglomerate network united to create a "New World Order" as promoted by Bush during his innauguration speech, by the Pope on Jan 1 2004, by George Bush senior on 9-11-90, by Gorbechev, etc. Iraq is just a
part of the NWO, and the extreme steps that were made to justify this war demonstrates the impatience of thier agenda. Look on your dollar bill and notice that it says in Latin "Announcing the birth of the New World order". Notice the Egyptian symbols of the secret brotherhood trying to create the NWO. Pyramids, all seeing eyes of Horus, pharoahs face (logo of Shriners), British intel logo has the All seeing eye and pyramid as does our new government agency "DARPA" created to fight undefined terrorism putting all government policy resistors at risk. Federal reserve One dollar note has Master Mason Washington posed, and the pyramid has 72 bricks which is Kabbalistic code for the 72 names of God, based in Babylonian mysticism. The NWO is about global control of all mankind politically and Religiously. The people involved are occultist and are bent on goddess worship as evidenced by the EU national anthem lyrics, the American Icon Statue of Liberty designed by Fench Feemason Bartholdi setting up the goddess ISIS in New York, all the Skull and Bonesman who are deemed "Knights of the goddess Eulogia" and who kiss the slippers of the Pope upon initiation, Hitler in the Occult Thule society also involved in Goddess worship, and last but far from least, the Catholic Church who transfigured the biblical Mary to a Pagan goddess deity by naming her the ancient Pagan Titles "Queen of Heaven" and the "Mother of God" of whom the Jesuit Priesthood filling up political positions worldwide preeminatly worships along with their Opus Dei brothers. The Jesuits have a dark history of government infiltration as a military agency of the Vatican to counter the Reformation and to bring the world back under Vatican control. Many books are written about their aims and practices, but one only needs to read "the oath of the Jesuits"(search the internet)to understand their mission. I believe Bush is an agent of Dark forces in control of the Vatican, and has no allegiance to this country. Beyond all that, it's time to investigate for the truly obvious high crimes committed against the American People that were done to implement a hidden agenda known as the NWO.

May God bless the united States of America,

A.F.

Here's the top layer, connect the dots!

What we are witnessing is not necessarily about Rove, Downing Street or The Supreme Court nomination; nor is it a new game from the so-called Neocons. Everything going on predates the current Bush. It's all about something George (the 1st) talked about in the late 80's which he lovingly referred to as the New World Order. George sr. needed to be elected to a second term to really set his plan in motion, but we the people had had enough and elected Clinton, twice (to senior's chagrin). The New World Order during that time became a non-profit organization and was renamed The Project for the New American Century, headed by the likes of Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Jeb Bush. The Clinton era really put the brakes on the first George's plan - New World Order by the turn of the century. Due to a rapidly expanding American citizen's world view, a better economy and the rise of technological advances, electronic media outlets and the internet, it looked like it was getting increasingly more difficult to pull the wool over our eyes. They had to act quickly because George the 1st is growing old. When they won(?) the election in 2000 they needed to create a boogeyman, a common enemy, that we would all rally against. The easiest way to do that was to create a new Pearl Harbor, the WTC incident. It went off without a hitch, it went so well that Congress didn't question it. They did question the intelligence and created the Patriot Act, which many in America stood behind, sadly throwing away freedom in exchange for security (New World Order - testing the water, how many can be successfully brainwashed?). We flew flags, we wrote songs about our flags, we waved our flags while we sang songs about our flags. We went into Afghanistan to find Osama, leader of the new boogeymen, he's still at large. We went into Iraq, for the oil... I mean, for democracy (New World Order). We went into Iraq to find Saddam. We found Saddam pretty quick, unlike Osama who probably knows the best way to hide is to remain in plain sight. But who needs to hide at all when the leader of the free world has got your back? Here's food for thought: Does George Jr. know that the men he is surrounded by are working to forward his father's vision? Does he know that Rove did something wrong? Does he think the best way to fight terrorists, most of whom were Saudis, is to go to war in Iraq? Is it possible that the answer to those questions is NO? Is it possible he's just a burned out ex-coke abuser who just reads the same scripted speech over and over because it's what dad tells him to do? I'm not saying that exonerates him, but it does make him a very bad president. Sadly, being a bad president, if that's the case, is not a means for impeachment. But the uncovering of the truth behind the lies as they relate to the old men from the administration of George the 1st and removing those men should be the ultimate goal of any free thinking member of this great country. Without those men, George the 2nd would become a true lame duck. Any investigations done with zeal and vigor should uncover a large web of deceit and betrayal leading back to the Reagan administration, an actor reading a script, with George the 1st standing in the background, smiling and nodding as the leader of the free world espouses another old man's rhetoric. Additionally, I truly believe that if George the 2nd was not an option going into the new millennium then we would be talking about Jeb or Neil, with exactly the same players and same situation that we are witnessing today, including John Roberts.

-BeNt
bentpatriot@yahoo.com

It should be obvious (it is obvious to Rove) by now that the most effective way to mobilize the anti-war movement is to bring back the draft. Let's face it--as long as someone else's life is on the line, that is bad, but it is not worth getting in the street. When my ass is put on the line, however, then I have something to march about.

That is why Rove is willing to put up with such shortages in recruiting--the voluntary Army (or the economic draft) is the only way to the young quiet.

It should be obvious (it is obvious to Rove) by now that the most effective way to mobilize the anti-war movement is to bring back the draft. Let's face it--as long as someone else's life is on the line, that is bad, but it is not worth getting in the street. When my ass is put on the line, however, then I have something to march about.

That is why Rove is willing to put up with such shortages in recruiting--the voluntary Army (or the economic draft) is the only way to keep the young quiet.

Absurd ! We will not end the Empire's desolation by giving them more trrops.

Why don't we end nuclear weapons by bombing Teheran !

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