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Posted on Jan 30, 2007
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President Bush presents former CIA Director George Tenet the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

By Robert Scheer

Not all lies are created equal. It is understood that there is a chasm of importance between little white lies and big black ones. Most would agree that lying about a consensual sexual affair, even by the president, is of significantly lesser concern than lying about the proliferation of nuclear weapons as an excuse to take the nation to war.

How then is it possible that a Republican-controlled Congress impeached President Bill Clinton over his attempt to conceal marital infidelity but that a Democratic-led Congress will not even consider impeaching this president for far more serious transgressions against the public trust? That is the question that arises from early revelations in the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.

This case’s importance lies not in the narrow charge that Libby committed perjury in testifying about his role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Wilson; that was merely one facet of a far-ranging plot to deceive Congress and the public about perhaps the most important issue of our time: the prospect of terrorists obtaining a weapon of mass destruction.

The infamous 16-word State of the Union claim by President Bush that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had sought to obtain enriched uranium from the African country of Niger was known to be based on fraudulent documents at the time Bush used this and other false evidence to make his case for war.

The Libby case testimony, centered on the chicanery of the vice president, certainly suggests that impeachable offenses occurred at the highest level of the White House. Just how conscious the president was of the deceits conducted under his authority, what he knew and when he knew it, is precisely what an impeachment trial would determine.

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Consider the testimony concerning White House use of former CIA Director George Tenet in the cover-up of the president’s distortions. The record is unmistakably clear that the CIA and other intelligence sources warned the White House before the president’s speech not to make the bogus Niger claim, and that the reference had been voided out in a previous speech. Yet, after Ambassador Joseph Wilson exposed this fact more than a year after the invasion, Cheney orchestrated a new deception to shift the blame to Tenet.

That is the smoking-gun revelation in the testimony of Cheney’s former spokeswoman, Cathie Martin, a Harvard-educated lawyer who still works in the White House. Her word is that of a sophisticated and top-level White House insider and, as described by the Washington Post, one that offers a devastating glimpse into the moral depravity of this administration:

“At length, Martin explained how she, Libby and Deputy National Security Adviser Steve Hadley worked late into the night writing a statement to be issued by George Tenet in 2004 in which the CIA boss would take blame for the bogus claim in Bush’s State of the Union address that Iraq was seeking nuclear material in Africa. After ‘delicate’ talks, Tenet agreed to say the CIA ‘approved’ the claim and ‘I am responsible’—but even that disappointed Martin, who had wanted Tenet to say that ‘we did not express any doubts about Niger.’ ” Tenet later was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Certainly this deliberate corruption of the integrity of the CIA, the nation’s premier source of national security information, rises to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which the Constitution holds out as the standard for impeachment. And can there be any more egregious example of betraying the oath of office of the president to uphold the Constitution than his deceiving Congress from the very well of the House on the reasons for going to war? The Constitution clearly delegates to Congress, and not to the president, the exclusive power to declare war, and deceiving our representatives in making the case for war is a far more important crime than the perjury charge against Libby.

Testimony already has established that Libby was nothing more than a pawn used by Cheney in the vice president’s constant and ferocious campaign to trick the nation into war—not a totally surprising quest for a man who had served as CEO for a corporation that has profited so obscenely from the Iraq agony.

Cheney, like some Daddy Warbucks cartoon character of old, has been so blatant in his corruption of the nation’s second highest office that we seem to have become inured to further revelations of his evil influence. Instead of being shocked, we are more likely jaded by even more examples of the man’s use of his office to persistently undermine our democratic heritage. Too bad he wasn’t cursed by an overactive libido.

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By kl, January 31, 2007 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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How did this happen? Here’s a simple explanation by a journalist who practiced the craft before it was reduced to sound bites, talking points and shouting matches:
  “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” Edward R. Murrow.

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By Phyllis Denison, January 31, 2007 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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We not only have no Democracy left, we no longer a the type of Representative Government envisioned by the founding fathers.  The only citizens (and non citizens) represented in our government now are those with both power and money.  Folks like me, a 69 yo female, no longer count!
In addition, am I the only one to see bit by bit, our personal freedoms being taken quietly away?  1938 Germany - oh yeah!  Only this time it’s being masked as a “Christian” movement.  The most chilling news I have heard recently is that the Pentacostal Christian movement is the most influential as far as who our next President will be!
Oh I wish I could wake up every American and motivate them to action!!!!!

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By Tony De Bella, January 31, 2007 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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I am in total agreement with William Johnson at comment #50700. How much more evidence is sufficient to support a finding for simaltaneous impeachment of both Bush and Cheney?  I am talking about evidence which in a court of law would be considered relevant, material and substantial, as will appear from brief consideration. If the illegal actions of Bush The Junior and his puppetmaster do not meet that test, we should be considering the release of all the convicted criminals in our prison system—for nothing they have committed is as egregious as the plague visited upon us by the current president et.al.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 31, 2007 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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It is odd that in a “quick answer” and “pill popping fix” nation, we want our “duped-again” medication doled ever so slowly. Why has it taken years for news networks to feed us the same answers exposed three years ago in the one hour, Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War? We are a vexed people.

EXILE/GITMO BUSH-CHENEY-ROVE IN ‘07!

http://www.disinfo.com/site/displayarticle2285.html

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By twilberding@comcast.net, January 31, 2007 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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I agree, impeach, but include both Bush and Cheney.  They Pelosi would be prez, fine with me.

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By Kwagmyre, January 31, 2007 at 9:08 am Link to this comment
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Well, it’s patently obvious that in parliamentary systems like England, the Bush/Cheney cabal would have received a resounding lack of confidence and gotten unceremoniously tossed out of office long ago. 

And in many other countries, a coup d’etat would have accomplished the same thing.

What takes us so long here?

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By Charlie Kasnick, January 31, 2007 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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2 more years of this nightmare!I keep hoping I will wake up and this was all a bad dream.The most pressing question is how did this all happen,and why is everyone so complacent.

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By Richard Gilbert, January 31, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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First, you have to impeach Cheney. If he were president for more than 10 minutes as a result of impeaching George Bush, then there would be mushroom clouds all over the planet. They both have to go and soon. The message has to be that the scariest people today are in the White House and they have their finger on the button of a huge nuke arsenal not some wacko in a cave who cannot use a cellphone without risking a tomahawk missile blowing up in his face. Remember, that 9/11 happened on George Bush’s watch. He was asleep, not paying attention, and its been down hill ever since. If the founding fathers could come back today they would haul George off to England and put him in the court of King George with whom he would have far more in common than in America with an enlightened democracy.

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By Barbara Cook, January 31, 2007 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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Okay, simple question from a simple woman…let’s say we impeach Bush and he is removed from office.  Then who is president?  Cheney?  Do we impeach him too?  And by the time the trial is over, it’s 2008.  And hopefully it’s a cleaner team elected. 

If it’s Hillary, I’m afraid it’ll be more of the same shady strategies.  Clinton lied, Bush lied, Clinton will lie too.  Let’s elect someone else.

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By John Lowell, January 31, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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Robert,

Are we really to make distinctions between what kind of lie is better than what other kind of lie? A lie is a lie, for God’s sake. Clinton’s lying to a grand jury - not what he lied about - was the substance behind his impeachment and he deserved it just as much as Bush and Cheney deserve theirs. To believe that one brand of political amoeba is better than another because of some imaged hierarchy of truth is as weasel-like as Hillary Clinton’s latest take on the justice of her war vote in 2002 or Edward’s pledge of allegiance at Herzliya last week. For a man that one column ago had the principle to speak up for Chuck Hagel in this very, very leftist environment, you soil yourself with such comparisons.

John Lowell

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By william johnson, January 31, 2007 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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Of course Cheney and his little dummy should both be inpeached, handed over to the world court and tried there too, not just in the senate, which would only remove them from office.
Since these leaders violated the nuemburg standard all countries involved agreed to adhere to, that is the proper venue for the trial of war criminals.
But, this will not happen, since we no longer live in a democracy and have not had one for quite some time now. Instead, we have corporatism, at least, that is how Mussolini described facism in the days when he was on the cover of Life magazine in 1925 as their man of the year.
If we don’t have corporatism ruling this country now, I’d like to know what you do call it. From uncontrolled access to all representatives by all major corporations, while the average citizen has almost none, unless millions take to the street to do what one lobbyist can get done in a single meeting.
There are solutions to these problems, but it will take the reinvolvment of the majority of citizens to get the job done. Otherwise, democracy will remain dead and make no mistake either, since the military commissions act of 06 gives this government the power to disappear any citizen, yes citizen, that does not agree with it’s policies and says so.
The question is, can democracy be reesablished, where the rule of law applies to everyone, or are we the ones living in 1938 Germany? We’ll know when we start to see reporters or editors, especially in the independent media start going to Gitmo, if things like Fox, Limbugh, and Savage, along with the corporate media fail to continue this grand deception.

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By Walter Appling, January 31, 2007 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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I agree with Mr. Sheer.  And this op/ed only mentions the tip of the iceberg in terms of the high crimes and misdemeanors committed by this administration.  In fact as I type this reponse, I’m certain that more crimes are being committed and even more are beiny contemplated.

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By Chris Martin, January 31, 2007 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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Let’s not lose our historical perspective on what the Democrat’s once said about WMD’S, before it was to their perceived political advantage to say the opposite… Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfeBROshZ0M&eurl;=

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By anonymous, January 31, 2007 at 7:58 am Link to this comment
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The democrats benefit from having both of these worms stay right where they are for the next two years.

Too bad for the rest of us.

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By Marvin Wagner, January 31, 2007 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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Assessing blame for our involvement in the Iraq war

Religious faiths compel followers to use their intellect and voice to speak and act against injustice. In the military one may be court marshaled for following an unlawful order. Morally, one is bound to speak and act to expose injustice.

Yes, their should be impeachments, but many others failed, including Bush supporters. Our institutions failed, especially Christian churches by deliberately remaining silent and deliberately repeating the lies. Worst of all, the cowardly democrats merit blame for choosing career over responsibility.

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By John, January 31, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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I had hopes, briefly, that there might be a chance for the democrats to work with the administration following the election.  As we have seen though the administration does not intend to alter its course and in fact may be gearing up to lead us into another war.  I have come to believe that the only way to bring the administration to heal is to ramp up impeachment proceedings against both the president and the vice president.  This action must be leveraged against actions by the administration.  The democrats are in the big leagues and it is time to remove the plastic little league cleats and get the metal spikes on.

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By TFYQA, January 31, 2007 at 7:10 am Link to this comment
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Impeachment is soooo 2006 ! Throw the bums in jail ! Here’s the recipe… just add balls !

Dying Regime Part 2
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-316522221891913371&hl=en

‘We are watching a poorly staged rendition of Wag the Dog, interpreted for the morbidly stupid and performed by the criminally insane.’” - Jules Carlysle

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By John, January 31, 2007 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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While this is all valid and horrifying, it will take so much time to complete the investigations that Bush will be out of office anyway.  A faster track to impeachment lies in the FISA court violations.  The law was clearly broken, repeatedly.  Then the president went on TV to say it wasn’t happening - “you need a warrant” - clearly a lie.  Then when it came out that the program was operating outside the law, the White House insisted that the president had this authority all along.  Bottom line:  It’s a broken law and a pack of lies to follow - more than enough for impeachment.  We need Congress to get on with it.

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By kevo, January 31, 2007 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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This is the trial of the century, and yet, it ran behind the mountain lion attack and ecoli in our school’s cafeterias on the CBS national news @ 6:00. The big mushroom cloud lie has stunned our bodypolitik so severly, collective denial seems to have set in. To me, impeachment is the only alternative to a reckless, seemingly out of control chief and vice chief executive and their anti-democratic scheming. This trial has, and will no doubt continue to, expose these WH thugs for what they were and continue to be: terrorist embracing American haters! -Kevo

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By Wil Lofland, January 31, 2007 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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You should also do an article of our “beloved” president’s misuse of the Eighth Amendment speaks of “cruel and unusual punishment”. it does not take a rocket scientist to come up with at least one thousand cases where our “beloved” president violated this amendment. You should also consider his blatant violation of the Genova Convention. add to that the fact that he supports a nation, Israel, who is in complete violation of the UN Resolution 242, the Olso Agreement and the Camp David accords. We need to bring down the dictator by the due process of IMPEACHMENT before he digs a deeper whole for our country. He is anti-American because he goes against the will of the American people!

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By Ben Dover, January 31, 2007 at 6:11 am Link to this comment
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Rep. John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stated on WUOM radio yesterday “Rather than seeking impeachment, I have chosen to propose comprehensive oversight.”  (LISTEN HERE: http://pod.michiganradio.org/ram/jackessay20070129.m3u)He wants a select bipartisan committee to look into alleged abuses and report back to the Judiciary Committee. But he didn’t say what he would do if that didn’t happen. (http://jackshow.blogs.com/jack/)

We need a MASSIVE campaign to change his mind. He will listen to the people if enough of us bombard his office with email and letters. He might take action.  In 2006 he held hearings and issued a report “The Constitution in Crisis”(http://www.pegc.us/archive/House/Conyers_rpt_20051220.pdf). If you haven’t read it, do so today!  We need to stop these fascists before they reduce the planet to a glob of smoldering carbon.

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By Kellina, January 31, 2007 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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Nice job, Bob. Yes, why is consensual sex with an adult not your wife impeachable, but lying about getting us into war isn’t?

Impeachment of both Bush & Cheney must be put back ON THE TABLE!

Send an email to your Senators (look them up here and find links to email comment sheets):

http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Then send an email to your Representative (enter your zipcode to find your rep):

http://www.house.gov/

Do it NOW! Don’t just talk about it.

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By Steve Hammons, January 31, 2007 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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Scheer makes a strong case for the need, the duty, to fully investigate all aspects of the Bush administration’s activities in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Many people feel that a much more complete investigtion of questions about the 9/11 attacks is also needed.

And, of course, these two things are closely related and intertwined. The people and purposes inolved seem to be closely linked.

The actions of the Bush administration restricting privacy, liberty, Constitutional rights and allegedly violating US and international law should also be investigated.

Some of these ideas are outlined in the two articles below:

Congressional inquiries on Iraq War can enhance honor and strength of America

By Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
November 9, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=16328

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New Congress must conduct necessary inquiries and investigations properly

By Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
October 19, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=15108

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By Ellen, January 31, 2007 at 5:48 am Link to this comment
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I cannot understand why the “Democratic-led Congress will not even consider impeaching this president”.  I feel America has been a victim of a crime and we deserve justice.  I cannot understand why America is not OUTRAGED as I am.  Why?  What is going on?

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By 127001, January 31, 2007 at 4:54 am Link to this comment
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Ditto ... Ditto ... Ditto ...

One thing many people don’t understand about perjury is the basic definition and premise behind it.

People “lie” all the time, but its not always considered perjury. To have perjury, the lie must also affect the outcome of something.

What Bush and Cheney have said and done is perjury. They created an outcome, that being the war in Iraq. And as the information becomes more and more condensed, it becomes revealed that Bush and Cheney figured out that it was only the threat of nuclear weapons by someone considered the “enemy” already that would convince Congress that there was enough substantiated risk to justify a war.

From experience though, I know it’s very easy to be deceived by experienced liars. I am sincerely hoping that we’ve all learned from this to be much more critical, cynical and skeptical about what we read and hear that just sounds too much like “it fits” into a larger picture that may not even exist.

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By Christopher, January 31, 2007 at 4:16 am Link to this comment
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Robert Scheer,

Thank you for writing this piece.

I too, find myself flummoxed by the refusal of the current Democratic leadership in the US House vis a vis impeaching President George Bush.

Speaker Pelosi has stated, “Impeachment is off the table.” Why, Madam Pelosi? Please explain why you are so adamantly opposed to removing Bush from office?

The justification for ordering the Articles of Impeachment is clear: lying the nation in war, war crimes, non-response after Katrina and illegal domestic wiretapping. If by some chance the US House failed to get the required votes to remove Bush, history would at least show there was a record that efforts were made to carry out the will of the American people.

By allowing Bush to remain in office, the remaining two years of his term will be nothing but hearings, investigations and subpoenas. The work of the American people won’t be carried out. It’s a total and complete waste of time.

Again, thank you for this piece. I have linked to it on my blog.

Christopher, publisher
From the Left

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By Michael Bode, January 31, 2007 at 4:10 am Link to this comment
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I often see the results of polls showing the declining support for President Bush’s programs.  Could there also be a poll conducted to determine the support for impeachment?

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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 31, 2007 at 4:02 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t it clear by now, Robert? No amount of high crimes and misdemeanors will bring these criminals down. Nothing will crack their base except the treason at the heart of their 911 crimes. The left must close ranks on this issue. It’s the only thing that can stop them before they launch on Iran.

What are you all waiting for? Can any among the sanguine Left Gatekeepers honestly ignore forever Cheney’s damning words, “Of course the order still stands. Have you heard anything to the contrary?” When the aide rushed in for the 3rd time and asked, “...it’s 10 miles out, does the order still stand?” What do you think he was talking about, a pizza delivery?

Truthdig may stand head and shoulders above the MSM, but it’s high time to open another dig on 911. Open the flood gates. Interview Webster G. Tarpley the foremost expert on False Flag Terror. Unless the False Flag distortions are removed for the equation and the 911 Myth is exploded, there is no chance of stopping these madmen before they expand to a nuclear war with Iran — their only option since they don’t have the ground troops to do it conventionally — and then risk engagement with Russia and China in the process. There is no limit to their madness. They must be stopped!

Support 911 Truth - End War of Terror

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By Don Slattery, January 31, 2007 at 2:31 am Link to this comment
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Somewhere some village is missing it`s idiot-he can be found in the White House.

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By karl tank, January 31, 2007 at 2:18 am Link to this comment
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Israel is its own worst enemy.

  I grew thinking Israel was kinda cool, a refuge, a place of solace. Today Israel is held in Global contempt. They could have easily dovetailed their standing w/the US on the World’s stage as an honorable and esteemable player, but they killed Rabin to abort it.

They wrap themselves in the Media’s fabrication of myths, choreographed w/such precision they demand belief - that’s sad because Israel has few ‘friends’, just resentments, acrimony, distrust and hate. Good job Israel and just think, you’ve no one to thank but yourselves.
But what’s really tragic, its infected us now too.

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By s.blackwelder, January 31, 2007 at 2:17 am Link to this comment
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If Cheney and Bush are not prosecuted and convicted of their treasonous crimes why should any one ever follow our laws again?

The Dems are still afraid of what they are going to look like in 2008. They look like cowards now and they will look like losing cowards then if they don’t do the impeachment that’s necessary.

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By Bob, January 31, 2007 at 1:54 am Link to this comment
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You make an excellent case. I would go even further. The result of the current administration’s policies (in Iraq, and other places) have strengthened our enemies. Impeachment should be considered merely a first step towards formally charging Bush and Cheney with TREASON.

You, Robert, have stated the grounds often enough with respect to countries like North Korea. The dangerous situation that we face with respect to nuclear proliferation to rogue states is the result of actions taken by this administration. The same can definitely be said for Iran; Haliburton has been selling them nuclear technology since Cheney was the CEO. The new SecDef, Gates, sold weapons (including biological agents) to Sadaam Hussein. Gates also sold weapons to Osama bin Laden, and possibly to Ayatollah Khomenei. Yet this president considers him the best person for the job.

The Iraq war is also weakening America’s defenses not only by tying up our troops and equipment (leading Colin Powell to call the Army “broken” just a couple of months ago), but by indebting us to the Chinese. When we wanted China to take more vigorous action on North Korea, why didn’t we tell China that we would close off our markets unless they complied? Because we can’t. They own our national debt. This administration gave away our sovereignty to the Chinese.

Those who claim we cannot impeach Bush and Cheney are allowing the president and vice-president to commit TREASON. If we allow this to continue for two more years New Orleans won’t be the last American city lost by this administration.

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By Dan Weisman, January 31, 2007 at 1:53 am Link to this comment
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My wish if granted would be for EVERY Congress person and Senator to answer Mr. Scheer’s perfectly posed impeachment question….They won’t impeach because ????????????

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By AustinLiberal, January 31, 2007 at 1:24 am Link to this comment
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They say that power corrupts absolutely. What I cannot fathom is how that extends to the blatant hypocrisy that this Republican administration has so callously flaunted in our faces. They clap each other on the back all the while through their neo-con pundits like O’Reilly, Hannity, Ingraham, and so forth, as if regurgitating the same lies repeatedly will brow-beat us into a state of submission. 

Why can they not see how stupid and arrogant they appear to the rest of the world - impeaching Clinton for lying about an embarrassing infidelity while exonerating Bush’s blatant lies, fear-mongering, and profiteering.

Or how about the hand-wringing about Bush being the “commander in chief” and that the Senate should not interfere - when compared to McCain’s own statements on the Senate’s constitutional right to do so during the Somalia crisis?

The Republicans and their FoxNews cohorts are idiots, incapable of self-analysis and terrified of any critique of their failed policies and their blatant hypocrisy. They have the collective memory of a goldfish.

What is even more sickening, and perhaps more worrying, is that Democrats so far are being mealy-mouthed while they abrogate their oaths of office and instead chose what is politically expedient and will, in their eyes, prolong their stay in office.

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By Russell Williams, January 31, 2007 at 1:01 am Link to this comment
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This is an excellent article that articulates once again the case for impeachment. If Bush and Cheney were both impeached, who then would be president? Is the Democratic party too noble to consider such a golden opportunity to rid the nation of two scoundrels and install a lady of integrity in their place?

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By Lee Hutchings, January 31, 2007 at 12:28 am Link to this comment
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How come it is so plain for some to see the light and for others to be blinded by it?  Many of us could see the intentions of this administration
long before it acted in Iraq.

Is the right so stupid that they refuse to accept
what the rest of mankind has seen from the start of this White House?  If so, how could the majority of thinking Americans believe that GWB
had our best interest in mind by invading and destroying Iraq?

How much more evidence does it take for the boneheads to see the truth of their beloved GWB?

It never fails to impress me just how ideology
manages to overcome common sense in the American
electorate.

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By lee walthall, January 31, 2007 at 12:06 am Link to this comment
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It is an outrage…an affront to the American citizen, that this completely subversive and dishonest leadership has been allowed to continue its perversion of power.  If this is not an administration for which impeachment might be justifiably used when will there ever be one? This president and his vice-president have misled, misused, mishandled, and mis-represented more than any in history.  Their egotistim and arrogance have very nearly ended the republic.  They have committed the very crimes for which those at Nuremburg were tried.  They are guilty of the very acts described by the definitions of crimes against humanity as set forth by the international community…..a community to which we formerly subscribed.  They have waged aggressive war and called it pre-emptive.  They have purposefully murdered civillian populations, caused the American casualties and caused the death of hundreds of thousands of people.  They have subverted the Constitution of our own country and violated the sovereignty of another.  They have made my country, the United States of America into a dark and imperial state which feeds on the weak and motivated by greed steals from those with little power to protect themselves.  I want my country back.  I want these heinous men imprisoned.  I want to see right overcome indecency and injustice.  Why do those who have the power not use their power to end this national evil?  I will never understand why not and fear for the soul of my homeland because of its drowning apathy and choking cynicism. Where are our leaders?  Where are those of right?  Where is our guiding hope?

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By stevebenjamins, January 30, 2007 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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It’s too late. There is a Star-chamber, the decision to have a bloodletting has been made, the victims readily comply: the shiites expect to suffer torture and martyrdom, our fundamentalist Christian Yahoos want to emulate the warrior Christ model that gets revenge for His martyrdom, every army involved gets to practice with the surplus of weapons and young people who face a world without hope of peace. All the while the war profiteers fill their coffers to survive the cataclism and be the future kings of what’s left of this world.

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By Joe R., January 30, 2007 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment
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The CIA has for years been a private tool for the Bush dynasty, ever since his Bush 1 ran the agency and put his own people in control.  Remember when the Church committee and President Carter tried to clean it out.  They hit a stonewall. It went nowhere.

I wish the Congress would impeach Bush/Cheney but it looks like the real money wants to let them play out their hand.  I bet the anthrax attack came right out of foggy bottom too.  That was an inside job from the get go.

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By yours truly, January 30, 2007 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment
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Impeachment?  No problem, being that we force Congress to cut off all funding for the Iraq war and the impeachment of Bush/Cheney will be a piece of cake.  Why?  Because then lots of folks left behind are going to be asking, “What was it again, Mr. President,  that our loved ones died for in Iraq?”  .

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By Maureen Mellon, January 30, 2007 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment
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I love this article and it is right on the money.  I have been laughing for hours about the last line…......“To bad he wasn’t cursed with an overactive libido!”  The Visual of him and Lynn….....well it’s too impossible to bear.

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