the start of the war in Iraq four months ago, 212 American soldiers
have been killed, including 79 who have died since May 1, when President
George Bush declared an end to major hostilities in Iraq. Its
unclear how many Iraqi civilians perished during major combat, but
estimates say it is several thousand.
Iraqis did not welcome U.S. soldiers with bouquets of flowers, as
the hawks in the White House suggested. Instead, they are begging
us to leave and are engaging soldiers in guerrilla warfare. Iraq is
in such disarray that experts predict it will take at least 10 years
to rebuild the countrys infrastructure at a cost of tens of
billions of dollars. More importantly though, to date, no weapons
of mass destruction have been found and there isnt a shred of
proof that Iraq was building a nuclear weapons arsenal.
Bush said Iraq was an imminent threat to its neighbors in the Middle
East and to the United States. But how can that be if the evidence
of its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons program are nowhere
to be found? How then can these casualties be justified?
Hussein was an evil dictator who repressed, murdered and tortured
his own people. That and that alone was a good enough reason enough
to go to war, according to Bush and his cabal of neoconservatives.
thats only true if Iraq proved to be an imminent
threat. As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good
intentions. Bush may have meant well, but he lied and lied and lied.
of the intelligence information the CIA gathered to help the President
build a case for war has not held up. Theres the now infamous
uranium purchases Iraq was supposedly seeking from Niger, the mobile
trailers that were purportedly used to cook up some chemical weapons,
the aluminum tubes that Iraq bought to allegedly enrich uranium for
a nuclear bomb, the International Atomic Energy Agency Reports that
dont exist and on and on.
of Bushs most frightening statements on Iraq, posted on the
website findlaw.com, none of which have been proven accurate are:
have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized
Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons
the dictator tells us he does not have."
October 5, 2002
Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological
weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons."
know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents,
including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."
also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet
of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse
chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned
that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting
the United States."
that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein
has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group
he calls his "nuclear mujahideen" - his nuclear holy warriors.
Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at
sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq
has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment
needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear
October 7, 2002
intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials
to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."
State of the Union Address
January 28, 2003
Dean, the former counsel to President Richard Nixon, made an excellent
argument in June for possibly impeaching Bush if the president intentionally
misled Congress and the public into backing the war with Iraq.
statements, particularly on matters of national security, are held
to an expectation of the highest standard of truthfulness, Dean
wrote in a June 6 column. A president cannot stretch, twist
or distort facts and get away with it. President Lyndon Johnson's
distortions of the truth about Vietnam forced him to stand down from
reelection. President Richard Nixon's false statements about Watergate
forced his resignation.
on the bogus intelligence information that has come to light thus
far, there very well could be a case for impeaching Bush. Although
no Democrat in Washington has so far had the guts to utter the I
word with regard to Bush and the Iraq war, the lousy intelligence
information supplied to the White House by the CIA begs for a bipartisan
investigation into what Bush knew and when he knew it.
put it bluntly, if Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war
based on bogus information, he is cooked, Dean said in his column.
Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence
data, if proven, could be "a high crime" under the Constitution's
impeachment clause. It would also be a violation of federal criminal
law, including the broad federal anti-conspiracy statute, which renders
it a felony to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof
in any manner or for any purpose.
important to recall that when Richard Nixon resigned, he was about
to be impeached by the House of Representatives for misusing the CIA
and FBI. After Watergate, all presidents are on notice that manipulating
or misusing any agency of the executive branch is a serious abuse
of presidential power, Dean said.
clear so far is that many of Bushs top advisers, including Deputy
Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, have misused the CIA. Wolfowitz
had the spy agency investigate United Nations weapons inspector Hans
Blix in February 2002 in an attempt to discredit the scientist and
possibly launch an early war with Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney
frequently visited the CIA and put pressure on agents to beef up some
intelligence information to portray Iraq as a threat to world security.
Its unclear whether Bush took any part in any of these schemes
but it is a question Congress should ask the President.
this is a country that impeached a president for accepting sexual
favors in the oval office and lying about it. Theres no doubt
that the White House has so far failed to prove that Iraq was a lethal
threat to the U.S. Its time for our elected lawmakers to find
out who should carry the blame.