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It is time to consider impeachment of Bush
By DICK RUPPEL | http://www.lacrossetribune.com
If we’re lucky, 25 years from now historians will categorize the first years of the 21st century as just another low point in American history.
Yes, they’ll say, the Bush administration ignored the real problems facing the United States, divided the country against itself, attacked civil liberties, increased the number and suffering of the poor, fought an unnecessary war, diminished American stature and saddled the next generation with crippling debt.
But, they’ll note approvingly, the administration elected in 2008 recognized and reversed these trends. And now the United States is more than ever a leader for peace, economic justice, civil liberties and a more sustainable world.
Unfortunately, the odds of this pleasant future diminish each week Bush remains in office. Cataloging his failures is depressingly easy:
After the 9/11 attacks, Bush invaded Afghanistan but failed to follow through. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida remain effective, and portions of Afghanistan are falling once again to the Taliban.
Bush’s war in Iraq has proven as self-destructive to American interests and to the Iraqis themselves as critics feared. U.S. soldiers and hundreds of innocent Iraqis are dying every week, and, despite the recent elections, Iraq is closer to civil war than to a stable democracy. The most likely outcome — an Iran-style theocracy — will benefit Iran, certainly, but not the US.
Our engagement in the Middle East is tied to our dependence on oil, and, after 9/11, Bush was in a unique position to lead us to energy independence, with enormous environmental, financial and security advantages. Instead, Bush remains silent while we import more oil every year, and oil company profits have been staggering.
Bush trumpets tax cuts at every opportunity. Yet these mainly benefit the rich and the super-rich, while Bush pushes for cuts to Medicaid, veterans programs, student loans, school lunches, child care, food stamps, cash assistance for the elderly and disabled, and more.
Bush based his re-election on the fact that he was a “war-time president,