Fighting the Democrats’ Complicity with Bush

Despite the massive, overwhelming repudiation of the Iraq war and the Bush Jr. administration by the American people in the November 2006 national elections conjoined with their consequent installation of a Congress controlled by the Democratic Party with a mandate to terminate the Iraq war, since its ascent to power in January 2007 the Democrats in Congress have taken no effective steps to stop, impede, or thwart the Bush Jr. administration’s wars of aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, or anywhere else, including their long-standing threatened war against Iran. To the contrary, the new Democrat-controlled Congress decisively facilitated these serial Nuremberg crimes against peace on May 24, 2007 by enacting a $95 billion supplemental appropriation to fund war operations through September 30, 2007.

In the spring of 2007 all the Congressional Democrats had to do was nothing. They could have sat upon the supplemental appropriation request for war operations by the Bush Jr. administration and thus failed to enact it into law. At that point, the money for war operations would have gradually run out, and the Bush Jr. administration would have been forced to have gradually withdrawn U.S. armed forces from Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of so doing, the Congressional Democrats knowingly prolonged these wars of aggression and thus in the process became aiders and abettors to these Nuremberg crimes against peace.

Under the terms of the United States Constitution, the President cannot spend a dime unless the money has somehow been appropriated by the United States Congress. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution expressly provides: “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law…” Furthermore, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 12 of the Constitution also provides that “Congress shall have power . . . To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years . . . ”

America’s Founders and Framers deliberately strove to keep America’s prospective military establishment on a financial short-leash tightly held by the hands of Congress precisely because of their well-founded fear that a standing army would constitute a dire threat to the continued existence of the Republic based upon their recent experience confronting and defeating King George III’s standing army. As the American July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence stated their objections in part: “[H]e has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power . . . For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us…”

Congress must use its constitutional power of the purse to terminate the Bush Jr. administration’s wars of aggression immediately. Those Congressional incumbents of either political party who refuse to do so must be replaced by men and women of good faith and good will of any or no political party who will do their constitutional duty to terminate ongoing Nuremberg crimes against peace. To the contrary, the current leadership of the Democratic Party (though, to be sure, not all Democrats), let alone most of the Republicans, have been complicit with all the atrocities that the Bush Jr. administration has inflicted upon international law, international organizations, human rights, the United States Constitution, civil rights, civil liberties, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and elsewhere since September 11, 2001.

Further confirmation of this proposition can be found in the fact that when the self-described Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan went on July 23, 2007 with 200 protesters to speak with Democratic Congressman John Conyers — Chair of the House Judiciary Committee that has supervisory jurisdiction over bills of impeachment — about starting impeachment proceedings against President Bush Jr., at the end of an hour Congressman Conyers ordered her and 45 others arrested for disorderly conduct when they refused to leave his office. In other words, one of the leaders of the Democratic Party arrested one of the leaders of the American Peace Movement for insisting that he and his congressional colleagues perform their constitutionally-mandated duties. Nothing could be more symptomatic of the constitutional, moral, and political bankruptcy of the so-called two-party system of politics in the United States of America: Republicans versus Democrats, Tweedle Dum versus Tweedle Dee.

Since the Democrats’ Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi had already ruled arbitrarily that President Bush’s impeachment was “off the table,” Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan announced her intention to run against Pelosi in the 2008 national elections. Once again Mrs. Sheehan’s instincts, principles, judgment, and strategy are directly on target. The American people must oppose, defeat, and replace all members of the United States Congress of any political party who will not impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney in order to terminate their needlessly — inflicted death and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia as soon as possible. The so-called leaderships of both political parties have left the American people with no alternative. Even more urgently, the Neo-Conservative cabal known as the Bush Jr. administration are still threatening, planning, preparing, and conspiring to attack Iran, which could very well set-off World War III. Just recently they added nuclear-armed Pakistan to their publicly proclaimed list of targets.

Meanwhile, the Bush Jr. administration’s “surge” of 30,000 troops into Iraq announced in January of 2007 has marched on to its inexorable bloodbath for the Iraqi people and U.S. armed forces. There is more than enough circumstantial evidence to conclude that the underlying strategy of the Bush Jr. administration is nothing more than to postpone their inevitable defeat in Iraq until after their departure from office in January 2009 no matter what the cost in lives to Iraqis and Americans. But the world cannot wait until January of 2009 for America to start to end these wars and their related war crimes, as well as to prevent more threatened wars, especially against Iran or Pakistan, which could prove catastrophic for humankind.

The United States Congress must immediately and simultaneously proceed to exercise both its constitutional power of the purse and its constitutional power of impeachment toward that end. That is the bilateral strategy which the U.S. Congress pursued a generation ago in order to terminate the Nixon administration’s criminal wars of aggression against Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. That must be the bilateral strategy by which the U.S. Congress today terminates the Bush Jr. administration’s criminal wars of aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and otherwise perhaps soon Iran or Pakistan. Despite Pelosi’s disingenuous protestations to the contrary, the Nixon/Vietnam precedent proves that Congressional impeachment and cutting-off funds for wars are mutually reinforcing strategies. They might even win the 2008 U.S. Presidential and Congressional elections for those who embrace them.

University of Illinois Law Professor Francis A. Boyle served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization on the 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence; to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993; and to H.E. Chairman and President Yasser Arafat. The story is told in his book Palestine, Palestinians and International Law (Clarity Press: 2003). He can be reached at: FBOYLE@LAW.UIUC.EDU. Read other articles by Francis A..

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  1. Lloyd said on August 10th, 2007 at 6:51am #

    Bravo your description of history, Mr. Boyle! But instead of flying, wouldn’t your proposed remedy — “The United States Congress must immediately and simultaneously proceed to exercise both its constitutional power of the purse and its constitutional power of impeachment toward that end” — rather fly in the face of it?

  2. joed said on August 10th, 2007 at 8:26am #

    Fine article. but, why would anyone expect the Dems to do anything except further the cause? Why is it so difficult for you people to make that leap?! Here’s the deal; pelosi, reid etc ain’t your friend and they ain’t gonna’ help you. The us is doomed! The only option you have is to sacrifice your comfort and stop buying anything you can live without. If you expect the politicians to change then you will continue in child-like bewilderment. It is YOU that must change NOW!
    Stop buying stuff-there is no other choice that will, possibly, help you.
    Your vote hasn’t counted for at least 7 years why do you think it will count next year. Grow up and fight like people that have something to gain!!

  3. hp said on August 10th, 2007 at 10:12am #

    The definition of insanity surely applies here.
    Why would anyone believe the Democrats are anything but traitors to the citizens of this nation?
    The Democrats, with Pelosi leading the way, may as well move their offices to Tel Aviv, where they belong.

  4. lsg said on August 10th, 2007 at 11:05pm #

    impeachment is imminent. the vps recent statements lead one to surmise us troops will soon occupy iran. Nuclear Armageddon anyone?

  5. jeff guido said on August 11th, 2007 at 2:30pm #

    Well my friends, the bottom line the difference from neo con to the Dems? There is no difference , they are career polictians and thats the bottom line. Do we really think any of them care about our well being! Its like who ever we we think can bring about real change,and vote for they always have handed us band-aids to just cover the gapeing wounds of our FREE COUNTRY only for their own Gain.

  6. Cat Callaghan said on August 11th, 2007 at 2:35pm #

    The republicans are all in ‘lock-step’ with whatever Bush wants. The democrats have too much blackmail hanging over their heads(wittness what happened to Bill Clinton!) Years ago a famous psychic said that our country would find itself in another civil war because of rulers who refused to listen to the people. There is such a ‘disconnect’ between the wealthy elite who rule from the ‘District of Criminals” and the average working and middle-class person, that these folks haven’t a clue why the rest of us are so pissed. But I’m not worried. The world sees us as the ‘bully on the block’ and sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost and the ‘elite’ of the District of Criminals will be lucky if they escape tarring and feathering! All it will take is the Russians, Chinese and Cubans invading. Think it can’t happen? Better think again!

  7. bonanzaman said on August 11th, 2007 at 3:11pm #

    Could it be that the dems don’t care about the next election? Maybe cheney told them he decided he will not have any more elections. Or maybe there are other consequences of not complying that we don’t know about.

  8. Patricia Hand said on August 11th, 2007 at 3:17pm #

    Both parties dance to the same tune called, The New World Order Waltz.
    Three steps forward, bend, one step back, sway and look, around. Repeat until, Canada, The US and Mexico, are one and the transcontinental highway is up and dancing, too!

  9. carol said on August 11th, 2007 at 3:43pm #

    joed nailed it. They don’t give a damn about us or what we want. We are bugs to them. People have got to grow up and lose this child like trust.

    Civil disobedience, boycotts, national strikes. Pull your money out of banks, stocks, bonds, CD’s, 401k’s, etc. Stock up on food, water, medicines, weapons, alternate transportation. Band together, have a safe haven to go to, pull your kids out of public school if at all possible, or else drill them well on how to make their way home if chaos breaks loose. Make them understand that if a “national emergency” happens(which it will at some point)that if they get herded on those school buses, you will never see them again.

    I have one child being homeschooled, the older one entering high school. The high school building is only 4 blocks from our house, and I have drilled it into our oldest son’s head about this scenerio.

  10. rogue said on August 11th, 2007 at 5:07pm #

    When the Law does not apply to all, it becomes merely a Joke on those who do comply.
    I am of the same mind as carol and joed. We are on our own. The so-called government is nothing but a crime syndicate.
    Not a single statute, nor a single officer in government has constitutional authority at this time; those have been forfeited by the malfeasence of the current regime, all three branches of it.

  11. Jon Carlson said on August 11th, 2007 at 7:09pm #

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  12. EDWIN DOHERTY said on August 11th, 2007 at 8:53pm #


  13. Albert said on August 12th, 2007 at 4:19am #

    The author of this article is wrong. It doesn’t matter how many Iraqis are killed. It doesn’t matter how many Americans are killed. It doesn’t matter how many Afghans are killed and it won’t matter how many Iranians or Pakistanis are killed. George Bush or whoever the power structure allows to follow him, assuming that Bush does leave office, will never leave Iraq or any of the other countries that they have invaded or plan to invade . The wars that are being waged and the wars that will be waged have all been preplanned by people who are part of a group called the Project for the New American Century. The main goal of the P.N.A.C. is to invade and occupy oil rich middle eastern countries in order to steal their oil and then use that oil to control other countries around the World, with the purpose of building a ” A New American Empire” that will be run by the neo-cons to enrich themselves and their corporate cronies . And sorry, unless your name is Bush, Cheney , Rumsfeld etc.. or you are the head of a major neo-con approved corporation, this empire , even though we will pay for it in our money and blood , won’t benefit us. This about setting up a ruling elite above all governments and that leaves you out. Another major part of the P.N.A.C. paper was about how to change the pshcye of the American people from primarly wanting peaceful solutions to World problems into accepting the neo-con agenda of perpetual war for perpetual power and profit , with the corresponding huge increases in military spending at the expense of everthing else. But the neo-cons had a problem , how were they going to get the American people and the non neo-cons in the government to go along with their plans. The answer is simple, the neo-cons surmised that in order to “Transform” the American people into the “neo-con state of mind ” we would need to suffer a “New Pearl Harbor Event” . Nine months after taking office the neo-cons gave us 9-11 . Coincidence ? I don’t think so . You may ask how do I know all of this ? The answer is simple , I read the neo-con’s P.N.A.C. report and you can read it too at www. or just google P.N.A.C. . Read what it says and then look at the names of the people who signed it and then look what they have done to our country even before 9-11. Many of them are still in major positions of power in the Bush administration .

  14. Mike Moss said on August 12th, 2007 at 4:49am #

    The main problem is Pelosi. The all hearaled first Speaker female is a friggin joke and sitting on Bushs lap playing with his 2 inch pecker since day one in AIPAC pcokets.
    Murtha is the catalyst who won this whole thing from the evil wicked bastard GOP who is perverted in every way and children of satan tools with their beloved jews.
    What a mess this Bush bastard has made destroying America as quick as Lincoln destroyed the south.
    Never elect the GOP for anything even though the Democracts are just a the less worse of 2 evils if only by a hair, its still a hair.

  15. Mike Gruenwald said on August 12th, 2007 at 5:23am #

    How does “arresting someone for disorderly conduct equal arresting one of the leaders of the American Peace Movement for insisting that he and his congressional colleagues perform their constitutionally-mandated duties”?
    Sounds like NeoCon logic to me !

  16. Mike S said on August 12th, 2007 at 7:25am #

    We’re now involved in resource wars – and more are coming. The Republicans know it, the Democrats know it, the Senate knows it, and the House knows it. It seems the public is the only group still suffering from ignorance or denial.

  17. Sean O'Neil said on August 12th, 2007 at 10:34am #

    When Mr Boyle says “not all Democrats” have been complicit in Mr Bush’s plans, I think he’s being purposefully vague.

    The only Democrat who hasn’t been complicit is Dennis Kucinich. And even Mr Kucinich’s efforts have been half-hearted. He can’t even get 15 co-signers for his impeachment bill. He’s had advice from Mike Gravel on how to get those signatures. He refuses to follow Gravel’s advice.

    So from where I sit, all of the Democrats are complicit.

    Otherwise I agree with the essay, from a Constitutional perspective. And yet even there Mr Boyle is too soft. The Constitution gives Congress both the purse power and the War Power. Exclusively. That’s right. EXCLUSIVE power.


    Cat Callaghan above is mistaken. The Democrats haven’t been bullied. They are knowingly complicit. How exactly could the Republicans “bully” the Democrats? With some sort of “dirt” used as blackmail? Right. Let’s try to remember that both sides have “dirt” on the other. No, there is no strong-arming, no bullying at work here. This is all 100% knowing complicity by the Democrats.


    Mike Moss above is mistaken, for the same reasons I just offered in rebuttal to Cat Callaghan. It’s naive to think it’s all down to Pelosi. That’s childlike fantasy. The Speaker doesn’t run the show. Mr Moss needs to learn how the Congress actually works. The Democrats are equally culpable, equally vile. There’ s no hair’s breadth difference between Democrats and Republicans. The difference is superficial — the label, the rhetoric. No difference in practice. NONE.

  18. Billy Bob said on August 12th, 2007 at 10:42am #

    The thing that makes me laugh everytime is this belief that the two political parties are seperate. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Elections are an illusion created to make us think we have choice. They offer up their selected candidates and we choose one. If we do not choose the perfect candidate, they massage the numbers so that the perfect candidate is elected.

    And by perfect I mean one that will serve the NWO agenda.

    One World Government, One World Currency, One World Army, One World Religion and a Microchipped population that will be a cinch to control.

    That is the agenda. And it is being implemented as we speak.

    These people in office are NOT americans. They could care less about the USA. They are members of CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergers, Bohemian Grovers, Masons, Zionists, Skull & Bones, Scroll & Key, RIIA etc etc etc.

    These private organizations USE government positions to move forward their private agendas. And they have done so for a very very long time.

    These organizations must be banned from office. Period. Not to do so will ensure that americans will be repeating this very sad attempt at fixing the problems over and over again.

  19. George M. said on August 12th, 2007 at 12:57pm #

    There is a very powerful lobby with many allies (many duped allies) which wants the war and covers both left and right.
    Its that simple. Thats whose favorite little country all this benefits.
    Thats the problem.

  20. DB said on August 12th, 2007 at 7:27pm #

    So, speaking as a Republican, I have to say that I have been TREMENDOUSLY disappointed that the Democratic leadership hasn’t taken this administration to task for the clear “high crimes and misdemeanors” committed.

    The suspension of habeas corpus, illegal wiretapping, an illegal war of naked aggression…what the hell is going on here??? How can the Democratic party be so damn flaccid???

    Reid, Pelosi, Conyers – shame on every single one of you. I voted for the Democratic congressional candidate in my district, a fellow by the name of Eric Massa; and I plan on voting for him again next year against the GOP rubber stamp incumbent Randy Kuhl.

    But, as far as the rest of the Democratic party is concerned – you all disgust me. You were voted into office because the electorate is sick of a President who clearly has nothing but contempt for the rule of law, the Constitution, and the vast majority of the American people. Again, keep in mind that I am a Republican saying this (and no, I didn’t vote for President Bush either time).

    I will not vote for any of your Presidential candidates in ’08, there is no difference in what I’m hearing from any of them than I do the equally vacuous GOP field. All hawks. War, war, war, boogeymen, war, war, more boogeyment…did we mention war? You’re kidding yourselves if you think Hillary, Barack or any of the rest will triangulate a new course for the ship of state.

    One quick aside to everyone – stop using childish names when referring to the President. Hate the man, absolutely hate the man, God knows I do….but at least respect the office. It detracts from your argument at a time that we need to up the level of discourse that we have on these topics. We absolutely need to hold our President to a higher standard, we NEED to believe that the office is a force for every single ideal that being American stands for.

    If we don’t, this republic shall soon pass from the earth.

  21. farang said on August 13th, 2007 at 1:07am #

    Looking like more and more are finally reaching the correct conclusion these criminals won’t be leaving “unassisted.”

    Get ready if you really love your country, patriots.

    Whatever it takes to reinstate the Law of the land, the US Constitution, is

    PERFECTLY WITHIN OUR Rights. No, it is our obligation to posterity not to allow this abomination to occur here.

    Chin up. We have difficult times ahead, but with a glimmer of hope that we CAN make a change.