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Holding Bush accountable
is our duty
Posted By Devvy Kidd On 12/30/2005 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
“In defense of the World Order … U.S. soldiers would have to kill and die.”
– Aurthur Schlesinger Jr., July-August ’95 Foreign Affairs
The vitriolic exchanges and name calling over criticizing Bush’s war mongering continues to divide Americans. Bush supporters can stay in denial if it’s more comfortable, but America’s unconstitutional invasion of Iraq – an undeclared war – will fail miserably, just like all the other experiments in “nation building.” This is not a criticism of the job our troops are doing, it is based on past history. As I belong to no political party, I look at Bush’s actions based on the law, not party loyalty.
There isn’t a scintilla of authority in Article 1, Section 8 which allows the people’s treasury to be robbed and pillaged to spend $251 billion borrowed dollars to invade any country, kill those who don’t agree with the United States and then turn around and dictate how a new government is going to be set up, monitor elections, build schools, hospitals and train armies. George Washington must be spinning in his grave. On Dec. 20, 2005, the media reported there was still political fighting between the Shiites and Sunnis and that “the White House wasn’t pleased.” Does anyone see what’s wrong with this picture?
The hysteria over criticizing Bush’s warmongering has nothing to do with being anti-military or not supporting our troops. They are already in danger the minute they step off the plane or ship into Iraq. It is one of the most dangerous places on this earth. Those they war against will try to kill them regardless of whether or not we the people criticize Bush’s policy or embrace it. My husband is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served 27 years, including a tour on the jungles of Vietnam. He said it’s kill or be killed regardless of what’s going on in D.C.
How quickly people forget that the very same conservatives who are now defending Bush’s unconstitutional war are the very same people who so vocally criticized Clinton when he unconstitutionally and without a declaration of war invaded Kosovo.
John Hassell covered this quite well in an April 7, 1999, column:
Even as allied warplanes streak across the Balkan skies, another air war is going on, right here in the United States. The target? President Clinton. Still bristling with moral outrage over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the conservative hosts who dominate talk radio are now attacking Clinton for sending the U.S. military into Kosovo …
Nearly every conservative talk radio personality of national reputation – Rush Limbaugh, Ollie North, Roger Hedgecock, Baldwin and Liddy, to name a few – has opposed the war in Kosovo.
When Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic announced yesterday that his forces would observe a unilateral cease-fire through Sunday, Limbaugh said it offered NATO a way out. “Let’s cut our losses and accept this cease-fire,” Limbaugh said. He added sarcastically, “Give the president a Congressional Medal of Honor and let’s get back home!”
Does any of the above sound familiar today? Think our soldiers in Clinton’s quagmire in Kosovo were in greater danger while all these popular conservative media types were hammering him? Talk-show hosts like Melanie Morgan used her mike to pound on Clinton being a rapist (which he is). Did the constant criticism of Clinton by all these conservative talk-show hosts encourage the enemy?
It’s OK for conservatives to rip into Clinton every day for years over Kosovo while our soldiers were engaged in death battles with their necks on the line every day. Conservatives didn’t like that undeclared, unconstitutional invasion. But when it’s a war they approve of and you express your opposition, you are excoriated, you’re soft on terrorism, you’re un-American. Seems a bit hypocritical to me.
The American people are behind our troops 100 percent every day, but we want them to come home and stop working to establish a one-world government:
The U.S. military welcomes additional funds for special units. The Pentagon continues its downsizing in preparation for the New World Order.
– Former Assistant Secretary of Defense and former Director of the CIA John Deutch, Dec. 1, 1994, “McNeil-Lehrer News Hour”
We are on the cutting edge of the New World Order here in Bosnia.
– U.S. Army Major Bushyread, May 8, 1996, “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather”
Bush supporters who are too afraid to believe he has betrayed them can continue to parse words. They can hide behind clever wordsmithing, but there can be no denying the legal facts. There was never a declaration of war because the Constitution is no longer an obstacle to the lawbreakers in Washington, D.C. – and forget this sanctimonious BS-ing about U.N. resolutions:
The dirty little secret is that both houses of Congress are irrelevant. America’s domestic policy is now being run by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve and America’s foreign policy is now being run by the International Monetary Fund … when the president decides to go to war, he no longer needs a declaration of war from Congress.
– Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, Jan. 7, 1999, USA Today
At the time of Bush’s invasion of Iraq, Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., stated that “declaring war is anachronistic, it isn’t done anymore …” During the same time period, Ranking Minority Member Tom Lantos, D-Calif., called the declaration of war “frivolous and mischievous.”
Make no mistake: Bush has and will continue to use his endless “war on terror” as the burning match to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights while building a police state in this country to rival Joseph Stalin.
We the people elect our public servants to do the job within the constraints of the U.S. Constitution. Even when a president steps outside his authority, we the people have the absolute duty to question his actions and motives. Our military is for our security here at home. Routing out terrorists within our borders should be top priority, not ordering our military to destroy and then rebuild some foreign country rich in oil.
Bush is simply continuing the mission of his father. Quoting George W. Bush’s speech on Iraqi aggression in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 11, 1990:
Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective – a new world order – can emerge … Iraq itself controls some 10 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves … We cannot permit a resource so vital to be dominated by one so ruthless. And we won’t … At this very moment, they (our soldiers) serve together with Arabs, Europeans, Asians, and Africans in defense of principle and the dream of a new world order. That’s why they sweat and toil in the sand and the heat and the sun.
Denial is a dangerous state of mind. We the people must open our eyes to painful truths. We must open them, for to remain blind to the truth is to dig the grave of this nation.
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