Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Bush vs. Downing Street

A couple days ago, I wrote about the six points we should all know about the Downing Street Memos - the minutes of a confidential meeting about military action in Iraq between the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top cabinet members. The memo was dated July 23rd, 2002 and stated:
Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

So what was Bush saying publicly at this time. From Think Progress we find these on-record public quotes from Mr. Bush:
Bush: “Of course, I haven’t made up my mind we’re going to war with Iraq.” [10/1/02]

Bush:“Hopefully, we can do this peacefully – don’t get me wrong. And if the world were to collectively come together to do so, and to put pressure on Saddam Hussein and convince him to disarm, there’s a chance he may decide to do that. And war is not my first choice, don’t – it’s my last choice.” [11/7/02]

Bush: “This is our attempt to work with the world community to create peace. And the best way for peace is for Mr. Saddam Hussein to disarm. It’s up to him to make his decision.” [12/4/02]

Bush: “You said we’re headed to war in Iraq – I don’t know why you say that. I hope we’re not headed to war in Iraq. I’m the person who gets to decide, not you. I hope this can be done peacefully.” [12/31/02]

Bush: “First of all, you know, I’m hopeful we won’t have to go war, and let’s leave it at that.” [1/2/03]

Bush: “But Saddam Hussein is – he’s treated the demands of the world as a joke up to now, and it was his choice to make. He’s the person who gets to decide war and peace.” [2/7/03]

Bush:“I’ve not made up our mind about military action. Hopefully, this can be done peacefully.” [3/6/03]

Bush: “I want to remind you that it’s his choice to make as to whether or not we go to war. It’s Saddam’s choice. He’s the person that can make the choice of war and peace.” [3/6/03]

Bush: “We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force.” [3/8/03]

Bush: “Should Saddam Hussein choose confrontation, the American people can know that every measure has been taken to avoid war, and every measure will be taken to win it.” [3/17/03]

Clinton lied when he said he "did not have sexual relations" and he was impeached. The information he lied about was amoral, but personal. He committed adultery. No one was injured or killed. No one died.

Bush lied as noted above. The Republicans, in charge of both houses of congress, are ignoring these lies. The information Bush lied about was not of a personal matter, but one of national security, and involved our nation's military forces. Under his command, 1,600 Americans have died, more than 10,000 Americans have been wounded, and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children have been killed, our military weakened, and our moral leadership in the world lost.

Explain to me who should have been impeached again?