One day before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Rep. Dennis
Kucinich is presenting a petition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with
50,000 signatures urging the impeachment of President Bush -- adding to
the 100,000 he has already filed.
Calling the Bush administration's military response to 9/11 "errant
retributive justice," the Ohio Democrat called for a Commission on
Truth and Reconciliation to "compel testimony and gather official
documents" on why the Bush administration went to war in Iraq. In
advance of a news conference today with grass-roots organizations
lobbying Congress on the issue, Kucinich said:
has been the first step in our efforts toward truth. The American
people were lied to. We went to war based on lies. Iraq had nothing to
do with 9/11. ...
In the face of a destructive war against Iraq, preparations for war
against Iran, the initiation of a cold war with Russia, the inevitable
destruction of our domestic economy from the extraordinary cost of a
great military buildup, and the gutting of civil liberties, the call
for impeachment has been the only remedy. Millions of Americans
pitch comes one day before the nation mourns the death of 3,000
Americans killed on 9/11, and one day after Democratic Rep. Jim
McDermott of Washington endorsed impeachment. McDermott visited Saddam
Hussein's Iraq before the war, earning him the nickname "Baghdad Jim." Here's what he said:
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the last two years I've struggled with the issue of whether the House
should impeach a sitting president. Next to declaring war, impeachment
is the gravest matter the House of Representatives must consider. I
fully understand the gut-wrenching consequences such a national debate
could precipitate. Yet there is one fact we cannot over look or escape:
America cannot regain its moral leadership in the world if America
cannot hold its leaders accountable for their actions at home.
Bush leaving office in about four months, and a presidential election
campaign in full swing, no one in Washington seriously expects the
impeachment drive to succeed. Pelosi has repeatedly taken the issue off
the table, saying voters expect Congress to work on economic issues,
not spend its remaining months trying to push Bush from office early.
But David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, argued in a press release that impeachment is crucial to possible criminal trials against the president and Vice President Dick Cheney once they leave office.
Cheney and Bush finally face trial in a criminal court, their first
line of defense is likely to be, "We served the American people, whose
representatives chose not to impeach us." If on the other hand they are
impeached even after having left office, the likelihood of prosecution
and of successful prosecution will increase dramatically.