Thursday, March 08, 2007

High crimes and misdemeanors in the name of 9/11?

Scooter Libby has been convicted of lying to a grand jury, but his co-conspirators are still walking free. When are Goerge W. Bush and Dick Cheney going to be brought to trial for lying to the American people about the reasons for getting us into the war in Iraq? After all, what the Libby all comes down to is essentially one low man on the totem pole getting caught lying to protect the men most responsible for the disaster in Iraq. Men, who apparently, will do or say anything to protect their lies. This isn't “a grab bag of speculation, innuendo and newspaper clippings, " as Rove -- another co conspirator -- would like to paint it, Cheney ordered the outing of former CIA agent Valerie Plame, it's a matter of public record.

Didn't the president himself say that "If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration?" Well . . . what's he waiting for?

Oh right, eventhough outing a CIA agent is a federal crime, which is what Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was tasked with investigating, Libby lied so thoroughly and often and threw so much 'sand in the umpire's eyes,' that Fitzgerald wasn't able to gather enough evidence to prosecute. Didn't Rummy once say "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence," regarding Saddam's WMD? Doesn't the same principle apply here? We know Cheney and Rove are guilty as hell, we just can't prove it.

But what's to prevent Congress from naming a special prosecutor to investigate the administration's concocting of evidence that lead us to war? The situation we find ourselves in today is nothing like the vicious partisan witch-hunt which enveloped the Clinton administration in the late nineties. This time there are 3,200 dead American soldiers and the 50,000 others who have come back suffering grievous injuries or illnesses.

Compounding all the crimes commited in the name of the victims of 9/11, is the shamefull state of our military's medical infrastructure, which is so woefully ill-equipped to treat our returning heroes. The total lack of planning on the part of those who are responsible for sending them there in the first place is . . . well, if it doesn't qualify as high crimes and misdemeanors, I don't know what does.


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