The ‘I’ word

Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese write in today’s Boston Globe an op-ed saying that impeachment of Bush and Cheney should be part of the national discourse today. They cite the recent uncovering of the BBC memos that state that the US fixed the data to fit the political desires of the administration along with the other evidence that we were lied to to get into this war.

The president and vice president have artfully dodged the central question: ”Did the administration mislead us into war by manipulating and misstating intelligence concerning weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to Al Qaeda, suppressing contrary intelligence, and deliberately exaggerating the danger a contained, weakened Iraq posed to the United States and its neighbors?”

If this is answered affirmatively Bush and Cheney have committed ”high crimes and misdemeanors.” It is time for Congress to investigate the illegal Iraq war as we move toward the third year of the endless quagmire that many security experts believe jeopardizes US safety by recruiting and training more terrorists. A Resolution of Impeachment would be a first step. Based on the mountains of fabrications, deceptions, and lies, it is time to debate the ”I” word.

Unfortunately, I have little faith in the left’s ability to do anything and, even if they could, I doubt that Nader is likely to be the voice that gets that ball rolling. But I do think this has been and will continue to be an important question and one that I hope does get the fair hearing it deserves.

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