Editor, The Chronicle
As of Memorial Day 2003 President Bush declared major combat operations in Iraq over. At that time 160 U.S. troops had died. As of today 1,868 coalition troops have died in Iraq including 1,683 young Americans. We seem to have no plan to leave the Iraqi people to control their own future.
Most Iraqis do not want a continued military occupation of their country. Thi is patently clear from the January 30 election in which a large majority of Iraqis voted for parties which called for an end to the U.S. control of their country. Last year President Bush, after the torture of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison by U.S. soldiers was made public, promised to raze the prison to the ground. Instead Abu Ghraib and two other U.S . run prisons are being expanded and a new 2,000 person prison is being built at a cost of $50 million. The number of Iraqi prisoners has doubled in the past seven months.
The U.S. continues to build permanent military bases in Iraq despite the clear wish of the Iraqis that we leave. One hundred thousand Iraqi civilians are estimated to have been killed as a result of this invasion and occupation. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted on an amendment calling for the President to develop a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. 123 Democrats, including Rep. Brian Baird, were joined by 5 Republicans in supporting this amendment.
Many of us questioned the rationale and legality of this invasion from the beginning. A recent poll shows that now 57 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the war. This number will rise as more Americans become aware of the transcript of a July 2002 British Cabinet meeting. These minutes show that President Bush and his advisers were aware that there were no weapons of mass destruction or even a threat from Saddam Hussein against the United States.
In fact, it is noted that the U.S. leaders intended to fix the intelligence to support their desire to go to war. The President and the other leaders knowingly lied to the American people about the actions which have lead to so much Iraqi and American death and destruction over the past three years. Every citizen should be incensed by this perfidy.
President Clinton was impeached for lying to
avoid embarrassment about a sexual affair. Surely lying which lead to
the deaths of thousands, the ruination of America's image and the plundering
of the American treasury deserves at least the same level of investigation.
Eighty-nine members of Congress have asked the President whether intelligence
was manipulated to lead the U.S. into war. This is not enough. A
complete open and public investigation is necessary. This will happen
during the impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney, under
Article II, Section 4 of the United State's Constitution. If these
accusations are true they constitute high crimes against the American and
Larry Kerschner POB 397 Pe Ell WA 98572 (W) 360-291-3232
The taproot of violence in our society today is our intent to use nuclear weapons. Once we have agreed to that, all other evil is minor in comparison. --Richard McSorley