In the spring of 2005, Wisconsin Democrats drafted a resolution calling for the impeachment of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” They were upset by the revelations in the “Downing Street memos” which indicated that the Bush administration “fixed” intelligence to justify the war with Iraq. The resolution charged the administration with lying to the American people about Iraq‘s non-existent WMDS and alleged ties to Al Qaeda.
The UN declared the invasion and occupation of Iraq “illegal” and in violation of international law. This was pretty much the verdict around the rest of the world where opinion polls showed that Europeans perceived the United States to be the greatest threat to peace in the world. Of course, the neo-con extremists in the administration want the US to be feared. As Michael Leeden of the American Enterprise Institute put it: “Every ten years or so, the United states needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world that we mean business.”
So they threw Iraq against the wall, waged a war of aggression, and occupied the country. Now there is a large humanitarian crisis. The Americans plan to stay a long time – if the massive American Embassy in the Green Zone and the numerous new military bases are any indication.
There has never been a stronger case for impeachment in American history. One can only ask – if the strongest case is not pursued, then when is impeachment justified? Will it be when the next President lies about having oral sex in the White House?
The Bush administration lied to Congress, usurped its power to declare war, and violated the trust between the government and the American people. According to the principles of the Nuremburg trials, waging a WAR OF AGRESSION IS A WAR CRIME, AND A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. Bush and Cheney should be impeached for this war crime. It is time to impeach before new war crimes are invented.
This Republican administration also engaged in numerous civil liberty violations in the name of “national security.” It has operated under a veil of secrecy. It has engaged in secret spying against American citizens through wiretapping, increasing surveillance by getting access to millions of phone and internet records. According to Naomi Wolfe, it is building a “fascist” architecture under our very noses. I don‘t believe we are fascist yet, but the sleep is deep and the future threatens. Every thinking person should be concerned.
In sum, the administration in Washington is responsible for imprisoning, torturing, and bombing large numbers of innocents who have never attacked the United States. In the process, the administration has violated the Geneva Accords, the Nuremburg principles, and international Human Rights treaties. Finally, it has violated American laws by attacking its critics, even outing a CIA agent whose husband merely committed the crime of telling the truth.
The Bush administration needs to be impeached. It lies and denies. It is the most corrupt and lawless administration in American history. Impeaching Bush and Cheney before they start another devastating war of aggression against Iran is imperative! They are already propagandizing us and preparing for another senseless war. When will it all end? The constitutional impeachment mechanism is a civil means provided in the Constitution which allows the American people to remove a deceitful and lawless administration engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors.
We have a deceitful and lawless administration that has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. In the process it has done great damage to the image of America oversees, and has wasted precious lives and resources of the American people that could have been used to improve American society. It needs to be impeached! It should have been done long ago.