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The Word George W. Doesn’t Want To Hear

 

By James Donahue

Nov. 17, 2005

 

With his popularity hitting new lows and the public now beginning to react to the long line of body bags coming back from a war launched under false pretenses, President George W. Bush is fighting these days for not only his role as a leader, but possibly his job.

 

The word “impeachment” is being heard more and more frequently. Singer Barbara Streisand made headlines when she called for impeachment hearings last week.

 

Posting the idea on her website, Streisand said: “If there was ever a time in history to impeach a President of the United States, it would be now. We were clearly deceived by this administration and now we find ourselves fighting a war under false pretenses.”

 

Streisand is publicly expressing a sentiment being stated on the streets of America as the Iraq war drags on with no end in sight, with some military advisors comparing it to a contemporary Vietnam. Because of our spiritual blindness we are fighting a deadly war for oil that cannot be won.

 

Not surprisingly, Mr. Bush went on the defensive during Veteran’s Day ceremonies in Tobyhanna, Pa. He used the nationally televised occasion to attack his critics, accusing them of rewriting history and undercutting American forces on the front lines.

 

“The stakes in the global war on terror are too high and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges,” he said.

 

“Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and mislead the American people about why we went to war,” he said. He said that foreign intelligence services and both Democrats and Republicans were convinced at that time that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

 

“More than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate who had access to the same intelligence voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power,” Bush said.

 

Indeed, they did this at a time when Bush and the Republican leadership was riding high in popularity and the American people were being hit with a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign designed to send American troops to battle in the Middle East. We were already fighting in Afghanistan and Bush was pressing hard to launch a second campaign in his so-called “war on terror” in Iraq.

 

Those were the days when nearly every car on the road in America had a U.S. flag showing either in the rear window, on the bumper, or flapping on the radio antenna. Also visible were those angelic shaped yellow ribbons showing support for our troops. People were caught up in the war fever and young men were signing up readily.

 

Everybody expected a re-run of the 1991 campaign orchestrated by George Bush Sr. during Desert Storm. They did not think Iraq would turn into what it has . . . a quagmire of guerrilla warfare where sophisticated bombs blast troop transports on the roads and suicide bombers walk into crowds and blow everybody up.

 

Now after two years of battle and after 2000 soldiers have been brought back for burial, Americans are beginning to take a harder look at what is going on in Iraq. And they are starting to remember why we went there, and they are asking questions.

 

People seemed to not care that Saddam Hussein insisted that he did not have weapons of mass destruction, and that after our troops seized Baghdad and drove Hussein out of power, they discovered that he was correct. No such weapons existed.

 

On her website, Streisand wrote: “Let us remember that UN weapons inspectors asked for more time to search Iraq for WMDs. . . Why would you invade a country if there was still a chance for peace? Shouldn’t war be an absolute last resort? We went to war because we were misled.”

 

Streisand also said she felt the best way to stop the insanity would be “the indictment and impeachment of this corrupt, power-hungry, greedy group of incompetent leaders.”

 

Streisand is not alone in her call for a Bush impeachment. Columnist Paul Craig Roberts has attacked the Bush Administration, not only because of the war effort, but for its incompetence in handling the Hurricane Katrina disaster that destroyed New Orleans and a wide range of other poorly handled incidents.

 

Roberts wrote: “The Bush administration is damned by its gross incompetence. Bush has squandered the lives and health of thousands of people. He has run through hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars. He has lost America's reputation and its allies. With barbaric torture and destruction of our civil liberty, he has stripped America of its inherent goodness and morality.

“And now Bush has lost America's largest port and 25 percent of its oil supply. Why? Because Bush started a gratuitous war egged on by a claque of crazy neoconservatives who have sacrificed America's interests to their insane agenda.

“The neoconservatives have brought these disasters to all Americans, Democrat and Republican alike. Now they must he held accountable. Bush and his neoconservatives are guilty of criminal negligence and must be prosecuted.,” Roberts charged.

Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily complains that “Americans are now dealing with more joblessness, higher crime, skyrocketing taxes, a crippled medical system, overcrowded jails, an overburdened judicial and law enforcement system, costly and divisive language barriers and changing demographics that a permanently transforming the U.S. culture.”

Farah says it is time for Bush to go.

If you search the web these days, entire websites are devoted to a push to impeach this president.

 

Indeed, President Clinton went through impeachment proceedings because he lied about his affair with a White House intern. It seems to us a lie that brought Americans to war, killed more than 2000 soldiers and an untold number of innocent Iraqis is a far worse offense.

 
















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