Time to Impeach a War Criminal

Slowly, but steadily, the Downing Street Memo is getting the public attention it deserves and making the case that President George W. Bush should be removed from office.

The memo, dated July 23, 2002, is a summary of a meeting between Richard Dearlove, the head of British intelligence, and senior Bush Administration officials. This was before Bush started making his public case to invade Iraq but, according to the memo, the decision had already been made:

“The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The [National Security Council] had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.”

In other words, at a time when Bush was telling the American people that “every possible avenue” would be exhausted before going to war the administration had, in fact, already made up its mind to invade Iraq and was willing to manufacture evidence to support such an invasion.

The Downing Street memo confirms what many had already suspected – George W. Bush is an out-and-out liar who intentionally misled the American public, the U.S. Congress and our allies.

I, for one, don’t want a liar as my President. I don’t want a man who is willing to send 1700-plus Americans to their deaths in a war based on lies running what used to be the greatest nation on earth.

Yes, George W. Bush should be impeached. If we can impeach Bill Clinton for lying about spraying ejaculate all over an intern’s face and dress then we can damn well impeach a President whose illegal actions qualify him as a war criminal.

Six months ago, I would have disagreed that Bush’s actions merited impeachment. But six months ago I had not read the Downing Street Memo or examined the other documents and information that support it. Bush continues to lie, Americans continue to die and it is time to put an end to both.

It has taken a long time, too long many believe, for the Downing Street Memo to get the public’s attention on this side of the pond. Originally published in the London Sunday Times on April 30, it was mostly ignored by American media until recently.

Democrats staged a “hearing” on the Downing Street memo last week but it was little more than a photo op. Republicans didn’t participate because the lackey GOP leadership of both the House and Senate disregards the truth as much as the Liar-in-Chief in the White House.

But some Republicans seem, in recent days, to have grown a backbone and are starting to question the criminal actions of their President.

“Things aren’t getting better (in Iraq); they’re getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality,” Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican member of the Foreign Relations Committee, told U.S. News & World Report. “It’s like they’re just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we’re losing in Iraq.”

Privately, Republicans in both the House and Senate say Bush has left them and their party in a “no win” situation in Iraq and they fear growing public opposition to the war will cost them control of Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections and the White House in 2008.

“We got trouble,” one long-time GOP consultant told me. “That starts with ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘B’ and that stands for ‘Bush.’”

America might be able to survive until 2006 to replace the scandal-ridden GOP leadership of Congress but the country cannot afford to wait until 2008 to get rid of George W. Bush. His criminal acts merit immediate impeachment and then removal of office.

Then he should be tried as a traitor for his crimes. War criminals deserve no less.