Meetings to focus on Bush impeachment
The Capital Times, WI
By Steven Elbow
June 22, 2005
The Madison chapter of Veterans for Peace is planning a series of town hall meetings to discuss the impeachment of President Bush.
Retired UW Professor Bob Kimbrough hopes the meetings will spark a serious discussion on impeachment.
"It's pretty much in the air now, thank goodness," he said.
The state Democratic Party has called for the impeachment of Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and some Democrats in Congress have broached the subject.
Kimbrough, Buzz Davis and Don McKeating of Madison Veterans for Peace, Chapter 25, are organizing the events.
"The purpose, since it's a town meeting, is to hear what other people have to say," Kimbrough said. "We're going to keep our presentations short."
Criticism about how Bush and administration officials took the nation to war in Iraq is growing, particularly in light of the so-called "Downing Street memo," which hit the British press early last month. The memo suggests that Bush lied to the public about when he made the decision to go to war. The memo states that facts and intelligence were being "fixed around the policy," and that the U.S. had no clear exit strategy after deposing Saddam Hussein.
The National Veterans for Peace, based in St. Louis, issued charges against the president for war crimes, breeches of U.S. and international law and crimes against humanity.
The local chapter is planning several meetings to discuss the charges, but only the first has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Public Safety Building in Stoughton.
"We want to take it one step at a time, test our format and see how it goes," Kimbrough said, "then line up a bunch of them after that."
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Published: 9:59 AM 6/22/05