Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Is George W. Bush just the worst president in history or a war criminal?

Remember the adage about the three famous monkeys - “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”? While the picture of George W. (above left) seems to embody that phrase, unfortunately we would need to add one more monkey for him – do no evil.
In George W.’s case, however, he would fail the task miserably. And former president Carter has been telling the world why…

In an associated press article for May 19, 2007 former President Jimmy Carter called George W. Bush “the worst president in history.” Jimmy Carter goes on to say "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,"

Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, had the following to say about George W. Bush and the war in Iraq.

"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," he said. "But that's been a radical departure from all previous administration policies." - former president Jimmy Carter

“Pre-emptive war”? My friends, that means George W. STARTED THE WAR. Don’t think so? Bob Woodward, the journalist who is in part responsible for bringing Nixon and the Watergate scandal to light thinks so. Here is what he had to say, in part, in a recent interview on CBS’ 60 minutes:

“And there's this low boil on Iraq until the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, 2001. This is 72 days after 9/11. This is part of this secret history. President Bush, after a National Security Council meeting, takes Don Rumsfeld aside, collars him physically, and takes him into a little cubbyhole room and closes the door and says, ‘What have you got in terms of plans for Iraq? What is the status of the war plan? I want you to get on it. I want you to keep it secret.’ – Bob Woodward.

In his new book “Plan of attack” Journalist Bob Woodward gives a detailed account of how and why President George W. Bush decided to wage war on Iraq. So has George W. Bush committed a crime? You may judge for yourself, but in an article for CNN their “Find Law” columnist John W. Dean said the following:

“This administration may be due for a scandal. While Bush narrowly escaped being dragged into Enron, which was not, in any event, his doing. But the war in Iraq is all Bush's doing, and it is appropriate that he be held accountable.

To put it bluntly, if Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war based on bogus information, he is cooked. Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence data, if proven, could be "a high crime" under the Constitution's impeachment clause. It would also be a violation of federal criminal law, including the broad federal anti-conspiracy statute, which renders it a felony "to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose."

-John W. Dean in his article for CNN “Is lying about the reason for a war an impeachable offense?”

Is George W. Bush the worst president in history? That covers a lot of ground my friends, but former President Carter thinks so, and I agree with him. Has he committed a crime? Can we consider him a war criminal? Only time and the courts will tell…

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