Monday, February 27, 2006

Why we can no longer afford George W. Bush

Lewis H. Lapham has written an absolute must read article for Harpers Magazine titled:
The Case for Impeachment
Why we can no longer afford George W. Bush

The article is based upon house resolution 635, which you probably have not heard about. Representative John Conyers wants to form
“a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.”
The evidence compiled by Conyers staff to justify the resolution is compiled in a 182 page report which took 6 months to complete and is heavily footnoted and sourced. All of this material is publicly available, so the only thing the report does is collate the information into one handy document. You can read the entire report at if you wish.

The last paragraph by Mr. Lapham in the Harpers article is simply a must read so I will copy and paste it here. I do not need to bother with commentary on what Mr. Lapham says... he says it exquisitely on his own:
The Conyers report doesn't lack for further instances of the administration's misconduct, all of them noted in the press over the last three years—misuse of government funds, violation of the Geneva Conventions, holding without trial and subjecting to torture individuals arbitrarily designated as “enemy combatants,” etc.—but conspiracy to commit fraud would seem reason enough to warrant the President's impeachment. Before reading the report, I wouldn't have expected to find myself thinking that such a course of action was either likely or possible; after reading the report, I don't know why we would run the risk of not impeaching the man. We have before us in the White House a thief who steals the country's good name and reputation for his private interest and personal use; a liar who seeks to instill in the American people a state of fear; a televangelist who engages the United States in a never-ending crusade against all the world's evil, a wastrel who squanders a vast sum of the nation's wealth on what turns out to be a recruiting drive certain to multiply the host of our enemies. In a word, a criminal—known to be armed and shown to be dangerous. Under the three-strike rule available to the courts in California, judges sentence people to life in jail for having stolen from Wal-Mart a set of golf clubs or a child's tricycle. Who then calls strikes on President Bush, and how many more does he get before being sent down on waivers to one of the Texas Prison Leagues?

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