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If Not Now... When?


By Barbra Streisand

If there was ever a time in history to impeach a President of the United States, it would be now. In my opinion, it is two years too late. We should have done this before the election to spare the country the misjudgment, the incompetence and the malfeasance of this administration. Let us remember that UN weapons inspectors asked for more time to search Iraq for WMDs. Two months into their search, the Director General of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, stated that he found no evidence that Iraq had revived its nuclear weapons program since its elimination in the 1990s. And Saddam Hussein had begun to comply with the administration's demands. Why would you invade a country if there was still a chance for peace? Shouldn't war be an absolute last resort? We went to war because we were misled. And we should be angry because of the 2,000 American soldiers and the 200 armed coalition forces that have died. We should be livid because of the 15,000 American soldiers that have been horribly maimed and wounded. We should be disgusted because of the 30,000 innocent Iraqi civilians that have been killed and the 20,000 that are wounded after administration officials claimed that the US was going to liberate the Iraqi people.

When does it stop? It stops with the indictment and impeachment of this corrupt, power-hungry, greedy group of incompetent leaders. How many more have to die before this happens?

Impeachment will be difficult. People must understand the power of Congress. When one party controls both the House and the Senate, they control the agenda. They control what hearings are held, what legislation gets voted on, whether subpoenas are issued and which investigations can take place. And they control whether impeachment proceedings can be brought.

We were clearly deceived by this administration and now we find ourselves fighting a war under false pretenses. There was no connection between Iraq and 9/11, despite Dick Cheney's many assertions. There were no WMD's and the CIA had intelligence which corroborated that evidence. There was no nuclear threat contrary to Condoleezza Rice's "smoking gun becoming a mushroom cloud" scare tactic. And there was no yellow cake purchased from Niger by Iraq as former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, along with our European allies, confirmed. All of these misconceptions and falsehoods were relentlessly stated. But this administration disregarded the facts because they wanted to wage this war, as we learned in the Downing Street memo.

This President will go down as the worst president in American history. His administration ignored and neglected the threats before 9/11. His team was not prepared to act and react before, during or after Hurricane Katrina. His policies have contributed to the hastening of global warming, an ever growing national debt, a rise in poverty and an increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. We are watching the middle-class disappear under Bush's leadership. He has taken our economy from the largest surplus in U.S. history to the largest deficit in U.S. history. And he has appointed several people to important positions that are unqualified and loyal to a dangerous fault.

With the recent controversy surrounding the potential indictments and charges of perjury against senior members of the Bush administration, some have made comparisons to the perjury charge that was brought against President Clinton. Perjury under any circumstance is wrong. However, in President Clinton’s situation, the matter was concerning an issue that only adversely affected himself and his family. But the potential charges filed against Bush’s closest advisors have put everybody’s families and the national security of the United States at risk.

Thank god the media and the American public are finally waking up and asking the tougher questions now. I keep hearing Harry Truman's famous statement ringing in my brain, "I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who's hitting you?"

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In the case of the red state American Taliban, it's "how may times you have to be raptured on the head before you find out you're still here"

Excellent summation of the crimes of the Bush regime (I refuse to call it an "administration") by davidswanson. He only forgot to mention that Bush's impeachable crimes staarted happening even BEFORE he took the oath of office, with the fixing of the 2000 election. Impeachment of Bush AND Cheney will be only possible after the 2006 Congressional elections. Until then, Democrats, Independent Progressives have to continue "digging" for the whole sordid truth to create an iron clad case for impeachment after the Deomocrats take, at least, the House, and hopefully the Senate in 2006. In early 2007, I see a real chance for Impeachment charges passing a Democratic House, but, UNFORTUNATELY, next to zero chance of conviction by the Senate. With alot of hard work AND luck the Democrats might have 51 or 52 seats in the Senate. I cannot see at least 15 GOP seantors voting for conviction (remember 67 votes are needed) of both Bush and Cheney, and making the the Democratic Speaker of the House President, probably Nancy Pelosi. So is it worth the effort to IMPEACH Bush and Cheney, but not get them out of office? I say YES, because this arrogant, criminal, eletist regime deserves the great humilation of being Impeached, for REAL crimes (as oppossed to Clinton's manufactured "crimes") when it leaves office in total disgrace. A Democratic Adminstration in 2009 with the help of a Democratic Congress might THEN properly prosecute both Bush and Cheney through the normal justice system and give them THEM and their co-horts the TRUE punishment they so richly deserve.In my view, the TRUE 43rd President of the United States is Albert Gore, and maybe, if true justice is done, HIS picture will hang in the White House as the 43rd President as a symbol that the sensible majority of the American People want to forget that for 8 years they were under a criminal theocratic-fascist cabal that almost destryed this democracy.

Joseph L. Sconce

I concur with much of what you say, Mr. Sconce. I, however, offer another possibility of the outcome of this political mess. I believe Dick Cheney will resign due to "health problems: (in other words, his heart couldn't take being questioned by Patrick Fitzgerald). I also predict Bush will resign. I further predict that either Al Gore or John Kerry will be named as U.S. President. This latter suggestion is based on the recently-published report by the G.A.O. (General Accounting Office) that states the 2004 Election was fradulent. Bush probably will pardon Libby and the others before he leaves office.

Unknown to most people, there is a group of federal judges who meet privately in an unobtrusive, secret way to talk about very important legislation and the covert governmental "goings-on." This is good news. We need legalistic patriots on our side. Things are going to get very "hot."

Anyway, this is the way I see it!

Joseph Berry -- for the real truth

How well do we deal with the indiscriminate killing of our children playing at school? How well do we deal with the death of one our children who were mistakenly killed? I thought we value life with an almost god like claim that our human rights record cannot be matched in this world. Is it so unpatriotic to say stop this kind of killing that has no name or direction on it but ends up killing the innocent? I say one mistaken death is too much, especially when that death is a child. This is not the first time our country has used our "neat" weaponry we call precision to strike at schools, people walking down the street and hospitals. Something is wrong with this picture and we need to raise the level of truth being reported about this war. I know the masses in this country would not support this kind of killing coming from our own armies. No one person should be able to make a law or enforce a censorship to hide the numbers associated with this kind of act. I say Rehumanize this war and bring a true sense of honor that the true patriots of this country are proud of.

Joseph

Joseph Berry -- for the real truth

I hope Barbara does this piece as a speech, or allows someone else to make this speech in her name if she is unable to make speaking engagements. This is an incredible amount of important information in a few paragraphs that would reach Americans quickly (including as handouts). If I may humbly request the addition of "the cabal" as one more item to her written statement> please inform everyone to Google PNAC ;)

"OUT" THE PNAC!!!

criminal bush and his inhumane,illegal policies regarding torture, lying to go to war which has cost immeasurable suffering to hundreds of thousands of people, the Katrina murders - how many of the survivors are still separated from their families under armed military guard, behind fences and unable to communicate with the press or family and friends?

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread169641/pg1

So are you saying your "guests" will be able to leave after they have been checked by your Medical Doctors, or will they still be required to remain inside your Facility

So well said! Bush's administration ignored and neglected the threats before 9/11 because he came into office with the invasion of Iraq already on his agenda. It is and was the agenda of the PNAC to which he and his administration either are a part or have direct ties. I, too, have been trying for five years to get people to listen to the truth about Bush and his cronies and at times have felt so hopeless than enough people would get the message. I have been so afraid that the other nations of the world would think that all Americans agreed with Bush's agenda. Clearly, we don't.

Watch 'Off to War' on Discovery Times channel on cable...Excellent documentary on the Iraq-was on all last night and is on today-it is about the American small towns who have furnished these soldiers and how their government is misusing them...The footage taken in Iraq is like something you will never see on the news...We all need to do our part to get the word out...America, our leadership lies to us-WAKE UP!!!!! We have to learn again from the 60's on how to fight back. Our chicken-hawk leaders do not know...they hid from that war, too.

OK Babs, put your money where your mouth is. You and your Hollywood elite have raked in the big bucks off the hard sweat and toil of Americans and all we have done is to try to pay our bills on time and figure out how we are going to afford a new car when the old one is close to falling apart. You say that we are finally waking up, but you are wrong. We have been awake! It is you and the other power Gods and Goddesses who have been asleep at the wheel of this vehicle that has been madly careening off the path for the last 5 years! Where were all the liberal Hollywood elite during all of this madness? Oh I remember, You were getting married in a lavish ceremony costing more than I make in 10 years and driving a custom made gas guzzling travel trailor because YOUR precious little Hollywood butt was too good to sit on a public toilet like the rest of us plebians. Get off your fucking high horse Babs and out of your elitest multimillion dollar home and smell the real world. A place where you haven't lived in in over 30 years! Puhleeze.

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