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Democrats’ ‘Sellout’ on Bush’s Mercenaries

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Posted on Apr 30, 2007

By Jeremy Scahill

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From the beginning, these contractors have been a major hidden story of the war, almost uncovered in the mainstream media and absolutely central to maintaining the U.S. occupation of Iraq. While many of them perform logistical support activities for American troops, including the sort of laundry, fuel and mail delivery, and food-preparation work that once was performed by soldiers, tens of thousands of them are directly engaged in military and combat activities. According to the Government Accountability Office, there are now some 48,000 employees of private military companies in Iraq.  These not-quite G.I. Joes, working for Blackwater and other major U.S. firms, can clear in a month what some active-duty soldiers make in a year. “We got 126,000 contractors over there, some of them making more than the secretary of Defense,” said House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha. “How in the hell do you justify that?”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman estimates that $4 billion in taxpayer money has so far been spent in Iraq on these armed “security” companies like Blackwater—with tens of billions more going to other war companies like KBR and Fluor for “logistical” support. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of the House Intelligence Committee believes that up to forty cents of every dollar spent on the occupation has gone to war contractors.

With such massive government payouts, there is little incentive for these companies to minimize their footprint in the region and every incentive to look for more opportunities to profit—especially if, sooner or later, the “official” U.S. presence shrinks, giving the public a sense of withdrawal, of a winding down of the war. Even if George W. Bush were to sign the legislation the Democrats have passed, their plan “allows the President the leeway to escalate the use of military security contractors directly on the battlefield,” Erik Leaver of the Institute for Policy Studies points out. It would “allow the President to continue the war using a mercenary army.”

The crucial role of contractors in continuing the occupation was driven home in January when David Petraeus, the general running the President’s “surge” plan in Baghdad, cited private forces as essential to winning the war.  In his confirmation hearings in the Senate, he claimed that they fill a gap attributable to insufficient troop levels available to an overstretched military. Along with Bush’s official troop surge, the “tens of thousands of contract security forces,” Petraeus told the Senators, “give me the reason to believe that we can accomplish the mission.” Indeed, Gen. Petraeus admitted that he has, at times, been guarded in Iraq not by the U.S. military, but “secured by contract security.”

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Such widespread use of contractors, especially in mission-critical operations, should have raised red flags among lawmakers.  After a trip to Iraq last month, Retired Gen. Barry McCaffery observed bluntly, “We are overly dependant on civilian contractors. In extreme danger—they will not fight.” It is, however, the political rather than military uses of these forces that should be cause for the greatest concern.

Contractors have provided the White House with political cover, allowing for a back-door near doubling of U.S. forces in Iraq through the private sector, while masking the full extent of the human costs of the occupation. Although contractor deaths are not effectively tallied, at least 770 contractors have been killed in Iraq and at least another 7,700 injured. These numbers are not included in any official (or media) toll of the war. More significantly, there is absolutely no effective system of oversight or accountability governing contractors and their operations, nor is there any effective law—military or civilian—being applied to their activities. They have not been subjected to military courts martial (despite a recent Congressional attempt to place them under the Uniform Code of Military Justice), nor have they been prosecuted in U.S. civilian courts - and, no matter what their acts in Iraq, they cannot be prosecuted in Iraqi courts.  Before Paul Bremer, Bush’s viceroy in Baghdad, left Iraq in 2004 he issued an edict, known as Order 17.  It immunized contractors from prosecution in Iraq which, today, is like the wild West, full of roaming Iraqi death squads and scores of unaccountable, heavily-armed mercenaries, ex-military men from around the world, working for the occupation.  For the community of contractors in Iraq, immunity and impunity are welded together. 

Despite the tens of thousands of contractors passing through Iraq and several well-documented incidents involving alleged contractor abuses, only two individuals have been ever indicted for crimes there. One was charged with stabbing a fellow contractor, while the other pled guilty to the possession of child-pornography images on his computer at Abu Ghraib prison.  While dozens of American soldiers have been court-martialed—64 on murder-related charges—not a single armed contractor has been prosecuted for a crime against an Iraqi.  In some cases, where contractors were alleged to have been involved in crimes or deadly incidents, their companies whisked them out of Iraq to safety.

As one armed contractor recently informed the Washington Post, “We were always told, from the very beginning, if for some reason something happened and the Iraqis were trying to prosecute us, they would put you in the back of a car and sneak you out of the country in the middle of the night.” According to another, U.S. contractors in Iraq had their own motto: “What happens here today, stays here today.” 

Funding the Mercenary War

“These private contractors are really an arm of the administration and its policies,” argues Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has called for a withdrawal of all U.S. contractors from Iraq. “They charge whatever they want with impunity. There’s no accountability as to how many people they have, as to what their activities are.”

Until now, this situation has largely been the doing of a Republican-controlled Congress and White House. No longer.

While some Congressional Democrats have publicly expressed grave concerns about the widespread use of these private forces and a handful have called for their withdrawal, the party leadership has done almost nothing to stop, or even curb, the use of mercenary corporations in Iraq.  As it stands, the Bush administration and the industry have little to fear from Congress on this score, despite the unseating of the Republican majority.

On two central fronts, accountability and funding, the Democrats’ approach has been severely flawed, playing into the agendas of both the White House and the war contractors.  Some Democrats, for instance, are pushing accountability legislation that would actually require more U.S. personnel to deploy to Iraq as part of an FBI Baghdad “Theater Investigative Unit” that would supposedly monitor and investigate contractor conduct. The idea is:  FBI investigators would run around Iraq, gather evidence, and interview witnesses, leading to indictments and prosecutions in U.S. civilian courts.

This is a plan almost certain to backfire, if ever instituted.  It raises a slew of questions: Who would protect the investigators? How would Iraqi victims be interviewed? How would evidence be gathered amid the chaos and dangers of Iraq? Given that the federal government and the military seem unable—or unwilling—even to count how many contractors are actually in the country, how could their activities possibly be monitored? In light of the recent Bush administration scandal over the eight fired US attorneys, serious questions remain about the integrity of the Justice Department. How could we have any faith that real crimes in Iraq, committed by the employees of immensely well-connected crony corporations like Blackwater and Halliburton, would be investigated adequately?

Apart from the fact that it would be impossible to effectively monitor 126,000 or more private contractors under the best of conditions in the world’s most dangerous war zone, this legislation would give the industry a tremendous PR victory.  Once it was passed as the law of the land, the companies could finally claim that a legally accountable structure governed their operations.  Yet they would be well aware that such legislation would be nearly impossible to enforce.

Not surprisingly, then, the mercenary trade group with the Orwellian name of the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA) has pushed for just this Democratic-sponsored approach rather than the military court martial system favored by conservative Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.  The IPOA called the expansion of the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act—essentially the Democrats’ oversight plan—“the most cogent approach to ensuring greater contractor accountability in the battle space.” That endorsement alone should be reason enough to pause and reconsider.

Then there is the issue of continued funding for the privatized shadow forces in Iraq. As originally passed in the House, the Democrats’ Iraq plan would have cut only about 15% or $815 million of the supplemental spending earmarked for day-to-day military operations “to reflect savings attributable to efficiencies and management improvements in the funding of contracts in the military departments.” 

As it stood, this was a stunningly insufficient plan, given ongoing events in Iraq. But even that mild provision was dropped by the Democrats in late April.  Their excuse was the need to hold more hearings on the contractor issue. Instead, they moved to withhold—not cut—15% of total day-to-day operational funding, but only until Secretary of Defense Robert Gates submits a report on the use of contractors and the scope of their deployment. Once the report is submitted, the 15% would be unlocked. In essence, this means that, under the Democrats plan, the mercenary forces will simply be able to continue business-as-usual/profits-as-usual in Iraq.

However obfuscated by discussions of accountability, fiscal responsibility, and oversight, the gorilla of a question in the Congressional war room is:  Should the administration be allowed to use mercenary forces, whose livelihoods depend on war and conflict, to help fight its battles in Iraq?

Rep. Murtha says, “We’re trying to bring accountability to an unaccountable war.” But it’s not accountability that the war needs; it needs an end.

By sanctioning the administration’s continuing use of mercenary corporations—instead of cutting off all funding to them—the Democrats leave the door open for a future escalation of the shadow war in Iraq. This, in turn, could pave the way for an array of secretive, politically well-connected firms that have profited tremendously under the current administration to elevate their status and increase their government paychecks.

Blackwater’s War

Consider the case of Blackwater USA.

A decade ago, the company barely existed; and yet, its “diplomatic security” contracts since mid-2004, with the State Department alone, total more than $750 million. Today, Blackwater has become nothing short of the Bush administration’s well-paid Praetorian Guard.  It protects the U.S. ambassador and other senior officials in Iraq as well as visiting Congressional delegations; it trains Afghan security forces and was deployed in the oil-rich Caspian Sea region, setting up a “command and control” center just miles from the Iranian border.  The company was also hired to protect FEMA operations and facilities in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where it raked in $240,000 a day from the American taxpayer, billing $950 a day per Blackwater contractor.

Since September 11, 2001, the company has invested its lucrative government pay-outs in building an impressive private army. At present, it has forces deployed in nine countries and boasts a database of 21,000 additional troops at the ready, a fleet of more than 20 aircraft, including helicopter gun-ships, and the world’s largest private military facility—a 7,000 acre compound near the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina. It recently opened a new facility in Illinois (“Blackwater North”) and is fighting local opposition to a third planned domestic facility near San Diego (“Blackwater West”) by the Mexican border. It is also manufacturing an armored vehicle (nicknamed the “Grizzly”) and surveillance blimps.

The man behind this empire is Erik Prince, a secretive, conservative Christian, ex-Navy SEAL multimillionaire who bankrolls the President and his allies with major campaign contributions. Among Blackwater’s senior executives are Cofer Black, former head of counterterrorism at the CIA; Robert Richer, former Deputy Director of Operations at the CIA; Joseph Schmitz, former Pentagon Inspector General; and an impressive array of other retired military and intelligence officials. Company executives recently announced the creation of a new private intelligence company, “Total Intelligence,” to be headed by Black and Richer.

For years, Blackwater’s operations have been shrouded in secrecy. Emboldened by the culture of impunity enjoyed by the private sector in the Bush administration’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Blackwater’s founder has talked of creating a “contractor brigade” to support US military operations and fancies his forces the “FedEx” of the “national security apparatus.”

As the country debates an Iraq withdrawal, Congress owes it to the public to take down the curtain of secrecy surrounding these shadow forces that undergird the U.S. public deployment in Iraq. The President likes to say that defunding the war would undercut the troops. Here’s the truth of the matter:  Continued funding of the Iraq war ensures tremendous profits for politically-connected war contractors. If Congress is serious about ending the occupation, it needs to rein in the unaccountable companies that make it possible and only stand to profit from its escalation.


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By purplewolf, September 26, 2007 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment

Can the Blackwater soldiers be trusted not to turn on the American public. NO. If you think it can’t happen,it already has. Bush already has this goon squad and others lined up for when he declares Martial Law.Then the Bush/Cheney duo will close down everything,shutting out all of congress for at least six months or more before informing them of what is going on,provided that they all (democrats only)have not been disposed of by this group of paid killers when the six months or longer are up. Don’t believe Bush’s Martial Law plans? Check them out on the web.This is probably the reason the demos have folded and let Bush run over them with a steamroller.They are in fear for their pitiful existances.Why else don’t they stand up to this Wimp in the White House and impeach him and cheney and start to end this mess in Iraq.

And for all those idiots running for the presidency over 20 months before the elections,if they are not suspended by then,none of you are fit to run this country as you have proven by being on the campaign trail rather than doing the job you were elected to do, which is to keep this president in check, which you haven’t done and try to return creditabilityback to America,are hard task and start to rollback many if not all of the diasterous decessions, laws, rules, underhanded dealings, illegal actions that this president and his band of cronies have done to America. You can start be reinstating the parts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that Bush has destroyed. Do your job you were voted to do, serve the American Public, not special interest groups,big corporations, the insanity of a madman who thinks he is king of the world and most important your own selves,you were not voted in to see how much money you could screw out of the American people and mess up our lives, you were voted in to make our world a better place, somewhere along the way all of you forgot that.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 2, 2007 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment

Lefty….

Excellent points, but the Democrats are cowards and all they care about is winning the next election just like corporate hell America only cares about the next quarters profits. They only do what they think will make them win. They don’t have a philosophy or vision.

The Democrats have NO long range plan.

Except for Kucinich and Gravel, they are
Republicans-Lite.

I agree with you 100% that if they declared a liberal agenda, they’d be unstoppable.

But they’re all afraid of their own shadows.

I’ll have to think long and hard whether I’ll vote Democratic again. I became ashamed to be a Democrat when they removed the “stick” of impeachment. All they said to the monster was “do what you want, there will be no consequences”.

Google video: 9/11 Press for Truth

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By cann4ing, May 2, 2007 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

re comment #67721 by Outraged.  All good points.  I would add not only getting people you know to go to Kucinich.us so they can obtain a detailed account of where Mr. Kucinich stands on issues that are truly important, and, as it pertains to a basic level of political education, encouraging others to tune into Democracy Now! (available on the net at democracy now.org).

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By Outraged, May 2, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

This administration is a dangerous one.  Will they be able to control their own “mercenaries” in the end.  They pride themselves on the credentials of the “top brass” of this private army, but are THEY ready to take on these trained “killers” should they become unstable.  Who will they use to do it?

There isn’t an allegience to anything for the “killing squads” the Blackwater Company is creating.  Obviously, reasonable people wouldn’t “hire on” to this type of organization, so who are these people?  Their similarities to Al Qaeda are bizarre.  Secretive, religious, violent, paid well, trained for free and privately controlled.

If we do not end privitization of critical departments of our government, AND DO IT NOW, we will become the secretive ones, blogging about our dictator and laying down our lives for an extra $5 a day in wages.

END PRIVITIZATION.

Also, to respond to the comment about what can we do to get Kucinich and Gravel a fair shake.  Grassroots, grassroots, grassroots.

Start making yard signs for Kucinich and Gravel - Get the word out, make them a household name.  Make them “familiar”, talk about them.  Right now, the majority of people are floundering (rightfully so), not knowing what to do or who to vote for.  They don’t trust the dems or the repukes. They feel the whole thing is a sham and they don’t have the time to investigate the matter.

Make requests/demands of “news programs” to cover or interview them.  Put them on the map.  Who hasn’t heard of Michael, Oprah, Ozzy or Dr. Phil.  Make sure having them on a show is a little “cash crop”.  Remind people what this administration has done and is doing!  Be empowered, it’s attractive…isn’t that why Americans snap up those self-help books.

WE CAN DO SOMETHING. (sure, sometimes it may not work)

But, The WORST thing we could do is nothing….

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By Verne Arnold, May 2, 2007 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

Republicrats…remember?  Clinton was the first one.  If you don’t see there is no difference between the two parties, then you are lost.  No…we are lost.

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By cann4ing, May 1, 2007 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

re comment #67582 by Lefty.  There are times where you hear something profound that sticks with you.  For me, it occurred in 1969 when I had left Vietnam, getting out a couple of months early to start college.  My freshman history professor said, “If the American right can always be criticized for its absolute insensitivity to the human condition, the American left can always be criticized for its inability to count.”

You are absolutely right.  Turning to third parties at this point in our nation’s history is an exercise in futility, and it is so unnecessary.  Nader’s mistake was in failing to understand that the left must first recapture control of the Democratic party, taking it away from the corporatist charletons of the Democratic Leadership Council.  Today we have not one, but two presidential candidates who truly represent the interests of the vast majority of Americans—the middle and working classes.  Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are not beholden to the military-industrial complex.  Neither man is shy about speaking truth to power.  They would take the discourse of this nation to a place the corporate media pundits do not want to go.  That is why, as I writethis, the punditocracy is searching for excuses to exclude them from future debates. 

I am confident that if Kucinich and Gravel could find a way to break through the conglomerated media sound barrier, if they could really communicate their message, Americans would swarm to them like moths to a flame.  I, like others, remain curious as to how that could be accomplished.  Perhaps other truthdiggers might add their thoughts on this.

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By TC, May 1, 2007 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Given a humane economy and social support, one would think it would be impossible to recruit. As it is in a dismal economy and brutal social system for so many, it’s still hard to recruit with no end to the occupation in sight, thanks not least to the Dems’ and Reps’ corporate soldout plan(s) as Engelhardt details. So the war is outsourced as Scahill details, even within the military itself:

“They’re coming after John Doe Dimslow Junior at school. Now with the deaths of Iraqi guerillas and civilians and U.S. soldiers and private mercenaries mounting every day, U.S. military recruiters are having trouble recruiting soldiers into the “all-volunteer” forces. So they have to make it more and more a mercenary military of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine troops to go along with the private mercenaries. They have to offer cash to kill: “$20,000 bonus for enlisting, $9,000 more if enlistees ship out in the next 30 days, and even better, $70,000 for college.”

“The big bucks tempted J Junior so much that he gave the recruiters the a-okay to come over to our home for a home visit. Except he never cleared it with Daddy-O, one John Doe Dimslow.” ...

http://apragmaticpolicy.wordpress.com/2007/04/10/the-dimslow-report-warhawk-guns-for-hire/

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By James Yell, May 1, 2007 at 8:05 am Link to this comment
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Once again Donald Kaul is proven right. He wrote a book titled “They are all in this Together”. What pisses me off the most is we pay these elected officials very well and give them great health care and retirement and yet they can’t act in the interests of most of America, because there is so much money to be had, by midirecting, or out right selling their responsibilites to the highest bidder.

We have Lieberman the poster boy of what is wrong. A man who thinks once elected in office—in office forever, even if you have to sell out the people who voted you in office in the first place. “A pox on all their houses”

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By cann4ing, May 1, 2007 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

The Democratic “leadership’s” so-called opposition to the war is a charade.  The only measure in Congress that is designed to end this war is H.R. 1234 (Kucinich).  It is refreshing that this time there are actually “two” candidates speaking with clarity about subjects that truly matter to the American electorate, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel. 

If there was anything resembling a Fourth Estate in this country, the dangers posed by the privatization of the military function would be a topic for presidential debates.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen.  The thought police, also known as media pundits, are scrambling to come up with rationalizations for excluding Kucinich and Gravel from future debates so that topics like this never arise.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 1, 2007 at 1:58 am Link to this comment
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What is the news the republicans have found another way to funnel public money into private hands.The democrats are feckless.With Pres approval at 30% and support for the war about the same they are afraid to challenge this guy.The democratic plan is when they take over companies like Blackwater will be filling up their cofers.If I am not mistaken the oil companies have already been redirecting their contributions to democrats.It is a game of keep the suckers the American public in the dark.Both parties follow the WC Fields maxim,never give a sucker an even break.

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By madmax, April 30, 2007 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment
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Members of Congress continue to fund mercenary forces even those deployed in the U.S. I ask both Senators and my Congress Woman how much is being spent on mercenaries and they won’t answer. I ask if private armies can be raised in the U.S. and they won’t answer. I ask if they know the sordid history of mercenaries and they won’t answer, these three liberal women.

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By 911truthdotorg, April 30, 2007 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment

Two days after the Nov election, I changed my party from life long Democrat to Independent after I heard the cowards Pelosi and Dean say “impeachment is off the table”. How dare they???!!!  I will never vote Democratic again.

It didn’t even take 24 hours for them to forget that they work for US and not the reverse.

The Democrats will cave and do whatever the murderer-in-chief wants to do.

The Democrats are Republicans-Lite. The status quo will continue. We are eternally screwed.

Demand a new, true 9/11 investigation…the lie that is the “official” story is their house of cards that needs to come crashing down like the WTC.

Google video: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By Louise, April 30, 2007 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment
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If an honest man was in charge, the first thing he would do is order the mercenaries OUT of Iraq!

Followed by the Israeli agents that are there. Followed by ALL corporate profiteers who are there!

That simple act would speak volumes to the Iraqi’s that we are serious about returning their country to them. And provide a needed boost to military morale.

Once we had Iraqi neighbor nations firmly engaged in diplomatic efforts to restore order, the troops would be on their way out.

Then, an honest man would revisit Blackwater and all the rest of the war profiteers and demand an intense investigation into their activities, profit and how much they owe in taxes. Followed by a challenge to the legal status of them and their activities.

This would require congress do away with a few laws the repubs passed, like not holding the war profiteers responsible for anything. But if an honest man were in charge, it would happen.

Off hand I can think of only two honest men who are running for president.

Gravel is tough and outspoken. He is also experienced in driving through law to stop an illegal war.

Kucinich is tough and outspoken and has a long record of standing up for the little guy, no matter what the “establishment” says trying to discourage him. Plus, he has successfully worked with the establishment for years, and never compromised his integrity.

So, is it a contest between those two?

In my mind no. My first exposure to Gravel was the opportunity to meet the candidates provided by the dems. I was impressed by his candor and willingness to speak out, but I was concerned as well. He holds great appeal to those of us who are just plain fed up, but like it or not we still have to reach the “fed up but still frightened.”

By the way. Watch out for Joe Lieberman. (Joe Lieberman?) This man is working the circuits explaining why we need an independent candidate. Using the peoples objection to mud-slinging and divisiveness. And so many dems apparent unwillingness to stand up to Bush, he will try to sell the nation on abandoning the dems and throwing their support behind an independent party.

Nothing wrong with that except, if he is the leader of that party, and ultimately their candidate, we will see a continuation of the loss of Constitutional rights and the fascist policy that we are being assaulted with today.

After all, who gave Lieberman the support and money he needed to run as an independent Senator?

His candidacy would make it easier for the repubs to fix the election again and make no mistake, if they can, they will.

Now about congress.

Today, I got six different emails from six different organizations requesting I sign their petition.

This is typical.

Each of their issues of the day are valid and do require our attention, but until we can get everyone on the same page the shear volume of bad stuff from the Bush administration requiring immediate action leaves everyone unfocused and the politicians overwhelmed.

One more reason why impeachment is imperative.

Impeachment contrary to what the Speakers say, would get everyone on the same page. Maybe in two different margins, but all on the same page. It wouldn’t impede congressional action on stopping the war, because they wont pass a binding law anyway.

The upside is, an impeachment investigation would slow down the Bush assault! Even if a final vote was unsuccessful, it would require investigations into what the dems truly know, but hesitate to speak. It would also put information in front of the “fed up but still frightened”  that they’re not getting now. They don’t know where to go or what to look for.

The dirty laundry has to be brought out and spread on the line, so everyone can see it.

Once everyone who’s fed up sees the dirt in the light of day, I believe the pressure would be there to make an impeachment effort successful. 

Kucinich is the only congressman right now, in this moment, calling for impeachment!

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By Verne Arnold, April 30, 2007 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment

Why does the old saw never get learned?  “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not an exact quote, but the question remains.
Dwight Eisenhower warned of this very thing in the very early 1950’s.
After thousands of years of this crap I conclude there is something fundamentally wrong with most of us humans.

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By Kim, April 30, 2007 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with what you are saying, but it must have some kind of limitation otherwise Bush would sign it.  It is a start, and with the backboneless Democrats that we have in the house right now, that is all we are going to get.  In fact, I suspect this bill is more than we are going to get.  It will be watered down from here.  This is just the starting point.  I hope it doesn’t sound cynical, but we need some poeple in congress that don’t care if they get re-elected in 2008 and put themselves out there on the lines.  What I mean is, politics are not nearly as dangerous than the front lines of war, and I wish they would act like it.

What is so wrong with stating a case?  Fear of reprocussions?  To what?  To whom?  If none of them have the guts to stand up for this country, why are they representing us?  I would like a few of them to “lay down their lives” for America and deal with the reprocussions.  They can always get a job in “consulting”.  The more that speak out, the more sensible it will sound to the media since it then would not be a minority opinion.

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By DennisD, April 30, 2007 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment
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I wish I could be surprised, just once, that when the term “sell-out” is connected to either political party they’re not selling out the American people again. Dream the f**k on.

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