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The only honorable way to exit Iraq

The only honorable way to exit Iraq


December 18, 2006 – The United States cannot achieve an honorable exit from Iraq until there is justice regarding how we got into Iraq.  And since there are no signs whatsoever that the newly elected U.S. Congress is going to pursue justice in regard to the creation, manipulation and falsification of pre-war intelligence, having already ruled out impeachment of George Bush prior to any vigorous investigation into how it is that the United States was mislead into the Iraq War, it is now apparent that U.S. troops will remain targets in Iraq indefinitely for no other purpose but to delay the inevitable onslaught of shame that is the Iraq War. 


What this country needs right now is justice; for the rule of law to prevail, rather than allow the rule of the ruling elite to cover up its sins with the blood of U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians caught up in a civil war.  What we cannot tolerate is for the Bush Administration and those responsible for the pre-war intelligence to pass their sins onto the next generation of elected officials.  To allow these people the privilege of avoiding justice for Iraq so that they can avoid the shame that is Iraq is to pardon what is unpardonable. 


Crimes have been committed.  The evidence has been gathered. A solid case can be made against the accused.  Yet no person in position to prosecute the accused has stepped forward to restore honor to the American people. 


When government protects elements of government from the irate masses seeking justice, the people are not free at all.  When the government ignores overwhelming evidence for its own survival because it wants to preserve the perception of power over the people, when it ignores evidence that if gathered against you and I, would have already resulted in our trial and conviction, then what the people have to contend with is the emergence of totalitarian rule and the necessary police state required to protect the totalitarian government from the eventual fury of the people’s wrath. 


Nobody is to be above the law in America, yet it is now clear that some people who have risen to positions of power in the United States are able to operate beyond the law, all under the fictitious banner of keeping the American people safe, while at the expense of the common man’s liberty, freedom, and taxed labor.  This gross departure from our nation’s founding principles is now sadly longstanding.  It demonstrates that America has been and continues to be governed by a foreign entity operating outside the bounds of the U.S. Constitution for its own sake, and not for the sake of the American people. 


Over time, the American citizen has been rendered helpless to do anything peaceful about the decay that is the federal government of the United States because the very people that the federal government should now convict and punish have hijacked the rule of law to protect themselves from the people.  No longer do we find public and trusted servants in Washington DC - only rulers and puppets.  Civil unrest remains the only viable tool remaining that will break the chains that now bind the just.  When government no longer is able or willing to police itself in accordance with the rule of law, it is the duty of the people to abolish it, or suffer under it.  When Americans are dying as a result of their own government’s crimes, patience is no longer a virtue.  The people simply must assemble and strike back fiercely, using whatever level of force is necessary to restore the republic.


The United States Code Title 18 - Part I - Chapter 47 10011 clearly states that whoever, in any matter within the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully - (1) Falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) Makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) Makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both. 


A crime has been committed.  Those responsible for the Iraq War are guilty of violating United States Code Title 18 – Part I – Chapter 47 10011 as well as other laws - domestic and international. Let us not forget the torturing of prisoners authorized by Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, along with illegal wiretapping, as well as detaining Americans citizens while denying them habeas corpus for years until the Supreme Court finally intervened as in the case of Jose Padilla.   Yes, a strong case can be made that if put on trial in front of an unfettered and unbiased jury, George Bush along with dozens of his cronies would be found guilty on numerous counts of criminal offenses. 


The fact is that the Bush Administration and its counsel knowingly and willfully falsified, concealed, or covered up by trick, scheme, or device a material fact; made materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations, made use of false writings or documents knowing that the same contained false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or entries, with the expressed purpose to “sell” the pre-emptive, unprovoked invasion of Iraq.  This is against the law. 


On October 7, 2002 George Bush, in a speech to the nation said, “Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at past nuclear sites.” 


According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report to the United Nations (UN) Security Council on January 27, 2003, ‘Two months of inspections at these sites found zero evidence of prohibited nuclear activity there.’


In the same speech made from the Cincinnati Museum Center Bush said, “Tonight I want to discuss a grave threat to peace, and America’s determination to lead the world in confronting that threat.  The threat comes from Iraq.  It arises directly from the Iraqi regime's own actions -- its history of aggression, and its drive toward an arsenal of terror. Eleven years ago, as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi regime was required to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, to cease all development of such weapons, and to stop all support for terrorist groups. The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.”


This statement is riddled with known falsehoods.  And they were known to be false when Bush said them in his speech.  They were not what Rumsfeld refers to as “unknown unknowns”. 


During his State of the Union Address on January 28, 2003 George Bush made numerous materially false and fictitious statements.  Here are a few fraudulent statements made by Bush during this particular speech.


“Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve agent.” 


Not one drop of sarin, mustard, or VX nerve agent has been found in Iraq. 


“U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents.”


Not one active chemical weapon capable munition has been found in Iraq.


“We have also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas.”


Not one aerial vehicle capable of dispersing chemical or biological weapons has been found in Iraq.


“Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaida.”


Any statement made by “people now in custody” derived from torture interrogation tactics has no merit whatsoever.  Furthermore, not only does the U.S. government have no hard evidence connecting Osama bin Laden to 9/11, it also has no hard evidence connecting Al Qaida to Saddam Hussein. 


“Our intelligence sources tell us that he (Saddam Hussein) has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.” 


The high-strength aluminum tubes Bush alluded to in his speech were later determined by the IAEA as well as many other leading scientists to be unsuitable for nuclear weapons production.


“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”


U.N. and independent experts deemed the documents that purportedly showed Iraqi officials shopping for uranium in Africa “not authentic” after careful scrutiny.  The Bush Administration also knew that the documents were wrought with fraud but used the information in its speech regardless.  This fact alone puts George Bush and his co-conspirators in direct violation of United States Code Title 18 - Part I - Chapter 47 10011.  So why have the perpetrators not been charged if the rule of law still applies in the United States of America?  Clearly, the lack of indictment indicates that the rule of law in America does not apply to the ruling elite of this country – a defining symptom of a festering totalitarian phase in America that will eventually have to be settled by the people once again crossing swords and bearing arms against their government. 


On March 16, 2003, 4 days prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Dick Cheney said on Meet the Press, “We know he’s been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”


On March 7, 2003, 9 days prior to Cheney’s appearance on Meet the Press, the IAEA reported that it found no evidence whatsoever or even a plausible indication that Iraq had revived its nuclear weapons program. 


None of this is breaking news.  Well-respected journalists and authors have dissected these facts many times over in books, articles, and news broadcasts.  The American people have known for years now what the majority of the world has know all along; that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was pre-planned prior to having a reason to invade, that intelligence was fabricated and manipulated to justify the war, and that the invasion had little or nothing to do with what George Bush publicly claimed was the cause for the war.  Even Colin Powell’s former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson said on NOW/PBS “I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council.”  He called it a hoax.  So why hasn’t anybody been criminally charged?


We have all heard and grown acquainted with the excuse for the Iraq hoax.  The Bush Administration calls it faulty intelligence.  They claim that not only was the United States relying on faulty intelligence, but that the rest of the world was also, which lead the most technologically advanced nations in the world to be fooled into believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction when he did not.  However, even this assertion is false.  The truth is that some of the world believed that Iraq had WMD’s and was a grave threat to the United States; the part of the world that resides in Bush’s world – Israel, United States, and Great Britain.  The rest of the world was not convinced, particularly after 8,000 pages of Iraq’s 11,800-page dossier on weapons were edited out by the United States before the sanitized version was passed onto the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.  What was the United States hiding from the United Nations?  What did the U.S. take out of the dossier? 


Far from faulty intelligence, the Bush Administration even went so far as to create the Office of Special Plans (OSP), its very own intelligence source, meant to second-guess those novices at the CIA, FBI, and Defense Intelligence Agency.  Operated for the most part outside of congressional oversight, the OSP delivered the alternative intelligence the Bush Administration needed to sell the war in Iraq to the American people.


These are the cold, hard facts.  Despite what the government claims, there is nothing ambiguous about how the U.S. ending up in Iraq.  It was intentional.  It was purposeful.  It was deliberate.  It was deceptive.  And it was criminal.  Yet the people, the U.S. Congress, which we the people have entrusted to protect the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, remain hopelessly enslaved to something other than common decency and sense.  The citizenry is left with few viable options to be found in the U.S. Congress.


For instance, one of my senators, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in a press release on December 6, 2006, “I believe that Iraq is the central battlefront in the War on Terror and we have no alternative but to win.”  I cannot believe anybody with even an ounce of integrity would make such a statement on December 6, 2006 after all that has been learned about how the U.S. got involved in Iraq.  Clearly, Senator Lindsey Graham does not understand honor because winning without honor is not winning at all.  Until there is justice regarding how the United States got into Iraq, there can be no honorable exit from Iraq, and there certainly cannot be any “winning” in Iraq.  Senator Graham, with his military experience, should understand this moral truth, but instead clings to the farcical notion of a global War on Terror that can be defined in terms of winning or losing.   


It must be emphasized that the United States can pursue justice regarding Iraq without abandoning the Iraq people.  No doubt, the Bush Administration has created a costly catastrophe that we the people now have to clean up.  But to leave the Bush Administration in place to “finish the job” is not the answer.  A clear message has to be sent to the rest of the world that the American people are just; that we will not let crimes go unpunished even when committed by our elected leaders. 


While expectations are low that the U.S. Congress will do what needs to be done for honor and justice to prevail, we the people must continue to write and call our elected officials.  We must hold them accountable.  But we also should be writing and calling the lobby that was pushing for the Iraq war all along – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee. (AIPAC) 


By its own admission, AIPAC is consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill.  AIPAC pushed for the Iraq War just as it is pushing for the U.S. to strike Iran.  Clearly, without the support of AIPAC, the invasion of Iraq might not have occurred.  Even today, AIPAC applauds Bush’s invasion of Iraq and so does Israel.  On Thursday, December 7, 2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, “We always felt, like other nations in our region, that the removal of Saddam Hussein was a major, major contribution to stability in our part of the world.”


Just to be clear: On December 7, 2006 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sees stability in the Middle East. 


No doubt, it’s time to send a message to AIPAC.  Use the contact information below and tell AIPAC that you expect it to use its ungodly influence over the U.S. Congress to bring those responsible for the Iraq War to justice so that honor can be restored to the United States of America.  After all, it is the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill.



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