WASHINGTON -- June 9 - Green leaders reiterated the party's July 2003 call for
impeachment of Bush, and called on all Americans outraged by the Bush
Administration's list of deceptions, violations of the U.S. Constitution,
the disastrous Iraq occupation, and policies that have disgraced the U.S. to
demand that Congress begin the impeachment process.
"The invasion and occupation of Iraq has caused the deaths of over 1,600
U.S. military personnel, as well as untold suffering and tens of thousands
of civilian dead in Iraq," said David Cobb, the Green Party's 2004 candidate
for President of the United States. "The Downing Street Memo confirms what
we already knew -- that a conspiracy to deceive the American people led us
into the war, and that this conspiracy constitutes 'high crimes and
misdemeanors' according to the U.S. Constitution."
The Green Party of the United States called for the impeachment of George W.
Bush during the party's 2003 national meeting
. Greens have organized and
participated in numerous protests against the war since early 2003, and have
called for an immediate end to the occupation, cancellation of further war
spending, and removal of military recruiters from schools as U.S. troops
continue to face death and injury in Iraq.
Greens praised Rep. John Conyers' (D-Mich.) public demand for an explanation
from President Bush in the wake of Downing Street Memo's publication, and
questioned why so many of the mainstream U.S. media have remained silent on
the content and implications of the memo.
But Greens also called many Democrats as responsible as Republicans for Iraq
policy, having voted in October 2002 to transfer war power to the President,
which created the scenario for White House deceit and abuse of power, and
having recently voted for another $82 billion for the war.
"It was already apparent, long before the Downing Street Memo, that
President Bush's case for invading Iraq was based on fraud," said Rebecca
Rotzler, co-chair of the Green Party's Peace Action Committee. "All of the
reasons for invasion that Mr. Bush listed in his January 28, 2003 State of
the Union address -- Iraqi WMDs, collusion between Saddam Hussein and
al-Qaeda, evidence that Saddam had sought nuclear weapons materials from
Africa, nuclear aluminum rods, Iraq's supposed threat to the U.S. and to
other nations -- are now known to be false. The Downing Street Memo shows
that the intelligence supporting an invasion was fixed, with the complicity
of the Bush and Blair administrations as early as July 2002."
Green Party leaders also noted that Ahmed Chalabi, whose false testimony to
U.S. intelligence officials on Iraqi WMDs formed much of the basis of the
claim that Saddam Hussein was an iternational threat, is now serving as
interim Iraqi Oil Minister, with the Bush Administration's approval; and
that John Bolton, now under consideration for appointment as U.S. Ambassador
to the U.N., repeatedly manipulated intelligence and lied to the U.S. media
and the U.N. about Iraqi weapons materials.
"Americans should be protesting in every way possible against the continued
occupation of Iraq, and for impeachment of President Bush and Vice President
Cheney," said Jake Schneider, treasurer of the Green Party of the United
States. "But this has also been a bipartisan war all along, and every
Democrat and Republican in Congress who has supported it despite evidence of
deceit from the very beginning also deserves removal from office."
For More Information
Green Party of the United States
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
Green Party Peace Action Committee
"The 'I' word"
By Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese
The Boston Globe, May 31, 2005
Letter to Pres Bush Concerning the "Downing Street Minutes" From Rep. John Conyers
"Hold Bush Accountable If He Lied About Iraq"
By Mark Dunlea (Green Party of New York State)
The Albany Times Union, July 9, 2003