Read here full article by Robert Shetterly in Bangordailynews.com. Robert Shetterly is a writer who lives in Brooksville. Now we have the irrefutable evidence that George W. Bush lied about the reasons for taking the United States to war. The intelligence wasn't flawed. The weapons weren't hidden. America's president lied to America's people to create an unnecessary war. It's also the FIRST step toward restoring America's integrity.
Let's consider an item from the news of about two weeks ago:
It was all a lie.
The memo was of the written account of a meeting that a man named Richard Dearlove had with the Bush administration in July 2002. Dearlove was the head of the England's MI-6, the equivalent of the CIA.
On July 23, 2002, Dearlove briefed Tony Blair about the meeting. He said that Bush was determined to attack Iraq. He said that Bush knew that U.S. intelligence had no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and no links to foreign terrorists, that there was no imminent danger to the U.S. from Iraq.
But, since Bush was determined to go to war, "Intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy."
"Fixed" means faked, manufactured, conjured, hyped - the product of whole cloth fabrication.
Many of us have said for a long time it was a lie.
But here it is in black and white:
Lies from a president who has taken a sacred trust to uphold the Constitution of the United States.So, what does it mean?
It means that our President and all of his administration are war criminals. It's as simple as that. They:
What does it mean?
They were lied to by their president, voted for war, and are thus complicit in the multiply betrayals of the American people unless they stand up now for the truth.
Our elected leaders were lying.
Democracy, like any sound relationship between people, is built on trust.
We trust our leaders to tell the truth so that the consent that we give them is honestly informed. If the consent is won through manipulation, propaganda, fear, or lies, the basis of our democracy has been subverted. It is no longer democracy at all, but we continue to call it that because we have not the courage or stamina to demand its overhaul.
We live a lie when we fail to hold leaders accountable for their lies.
By not calling now for impeachment, we are saying that we condone hypocrisy, pseudo-democracy, and murdering thousands of Americans and Iraqis for strategic control of energy resources that we have no right to.
Patriotism demands that we insist on the ideals of democracy, not that we support the "leaders" who cynically destroy them.
What's curious is why anyone like me should have to even point this out.
We are living in an age of no accountability.
It's also an age upon which may hang the survival of human life on this earth. One should not bet one's future on people who abjure responsibility.
The first courageous step is to come to terms with what we know is true:
I ask Sens. Snowe and Collins, Reps. Allen and Michaud to take that step.
Begin impeachment proceedings.
It's really no more or less than their duty.
Now we have the irrefutable evidence that George W. Bush lied about the reasons for taking the United States to war. The intelligence wasn't flawed. The weapons weren't hidden.
America's president lied to America's people to create an unnecessary war.
It's also the FIRST step toward restoring America's integrity.