Stop beating around the Bush!

The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a report concluding that “President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials promoted the invasion of Iraq with public statements that weren’t supported by intelligence or that concealed differences among intelligence agencies.” (McClatchy Washington Bureau.)

Let’s cut through the euphemisms. George Bush is a liar, and by George Bush I mean George Bush and the team of scheming pirates with which he has filled his administration for the past seven and a half years.

Predictably, several Republicans on the committee (though not all of them) denounced the report as partisan, and the White House through its latest spokeswhore Dana Perino said, “The majority report today is a selective view.  The administration statements on Iraq were based on the very same intelligence that was given to the Congress. And they came to the same conclusion, as did other countries around the world. The issue . . . ultimately turned out to be false, and we have fully admitted that.”

This is a load of crap. Back in 2002, several months before the invasion, McClatchy (then Knight-Ridder) reported, “While President Bush marshals congressional and international support for invading Iraq, a growing number of military officers, intelligence professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep misgivings about the administration’s double-time march toward war.” Read the article. Virtually every misgiving expressed by these administration officials proved to be true, while virtually every public claim made by Bush was false.

And isn’t it significant that every one of these officials spoke to Knight-Ridder on the condition of anonymity… because they were fearful of retribution? And rightly so. Look what happened to Valerie Plame when her husband, Joe Wilson, challenged the Bush doctrine. There was also the staffer who was fired when he said publicly that the estimate for the cost of the war was too low — I don’t recall his name or what his official function was. And then there was Scott Ritter, the former UN Weapons Inspector who continually challenged Bush’s claims… His character was “tarred and feathered” by Bush’s henchmen.

Is this the behavior of an administration that is genuinely seeking the truth? Of course not. This behavior does not belong in America — at least not the America of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. It belongs in a totalitarian regime… which, I suspect George Bush would prefer. Then he could parade around in his military costume all the time. But I digress.

I hope the findings of this committee finally kick off an impeachment of Bush. Is there anything worse than lying your country into a war? Seriously. But I’m not holding my breath, although I may hold my nose whenever I recall that Congressman Peter Welch implored Vermonters for Bush’s impeachment to have patience and let a series of investigations run there course, implying that once the evidence was in, impeachment would follow. Hah!

But back to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report. The final report was approved by a vote of 10 to 5, because two Republicans, Olympia Snow of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, voted with the Democrats. The remaining five Republicans issued their own report. In it, they called the investigation a “waste of time and committee resources.” As it turns out, I agree with them because everyone already knew that Bush was lying, and the Democrats will not use this report as a springboard to impeachment. There is no such thing as accountability in Washington anymore.

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