Clinton told a "white lie" to spare his family the humiliation of learning
about his private sexual affair with another consenting adult. Clinton's lie
did not rise to the level of a high crime against the United States. No one
was harmed except for the embarrassment felt by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
And no one was killed.
Contrast President Clinton's frivolous white lie to the string of black lies that have been told by President Bush and other people in his administration for the past three years. A year ago, Bush used lies to try to justify his preemptive war against another sovereign country, Iraq. Powell, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice and a host of other members of the Bush regime deliberately lied to go to war. Their black lies were not frivolous as Clinton's lie was. The lies that the Republicans told led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans. And their lies led to the deaths of 700 of our troops, so far. Bush, Powell, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Rice all told lies that lead to death, destruction and world instability. Every innocent Afghan or Iraqi they kill will spawn a hundred or a thousand potential terrorists against the United States. Bush's acts during the past three years have increased the numbers of terrorists, not reduced their numbers.
So why aren't Republicans screaming at the top of their lungs as they did when Clinton told his "white lie"? It is obvious that Republicans have different standards for Democrats and Republicans. It is probably because Republicans are still embracing President Ronald Reagan's "Eleventh Commandment". To those who are unaware, the Republican "Eleventh Commandment" states that no Republican shall speak ill of another Republican. To withhold your condemnation of culprits in one's own party is an admission that such a person is not capable of accepting responsibility or accountability.
Now that Bob Woodward has published a book, Plan of Attack, surrounding the events that led to the Iraq war it is obvious that Republicans used any means they could to go to war against another sovereign country with an intent to overthrow its government.
In an April 18, 2004 interview on 60 Minutes, Bob Woodward, who brought down one president already, President Nixon, has just laid out a case for the removal of GW Bush. In the 45-minute interview between 60 Minutes' correspondent Mike Wallace and Mr. Woodward, there were revelations that should spell doom for the entire Bush regime, and especially Bush, whose very sanity must now be questioned.
Here are the main points brought forth in Mr. Woodward's 60 Minutes interview:
* Bush told a family friend in the Saudi royal family and the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, of his intentions to go to war against Iraq. In exchange for Bush sending the US to war with Iraq, Prince Bandar bin Sultan Saudi said that he could order an increase in the production of Saudi oil which would lower gas prices in the United States just before our November elections to help propel Bush back into office. This is a definite quid-pro-quo arrangement. Bush's "deal" with a foreign country to provide cheap gas prior to the election is a criminal and impeachable act. Lastly, this Saudi was told about the war against Iraq even before Secretary of State Powell was. This shows how corrupt the Bush regime actually is and how unresponsive they are to the people in which they are supposed to be serving, the American citizens.
* Bush failed to include almost all of his cabinet in his plans for war. He especially snubbed Secretary of State Colin Powell. The people in the Bush regime who were clamoring for war with Iraq were Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, and GW Bush. The Saudi prince, Bandar bin Sultan, who had no business knowing what war plans the US was planning was also "in the loop" as confirmed by President Bush in Mr. Woodward's book.
* Bush used funneled money, targeted and approved by Congress for Afghanistan, to fund the war against Iraq without any notification to Congress. This act by Bush is also unconstitutional and an impeachable offense. Bush cannot unilaterally declare war against another sovereign country using funds targeted by Congress to fight another war. This is reminiscent of President Nixon's secret, and illegal wars against Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War.
* When Bush was asked how history will judge him on the war against Iraq, he said he didn't care because "we would all be dead". Bush's words sounded like he was looking forward to Armageddon. Bush has frequently used apocalyptic words like "crusade", "axis of evil", or "mission from God" in his speeches to appease the religious right fanatics like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson who are actively preaching to their flocks of fools that the end of the world is near. Bush's words have inflamed and alarmed the entire Muslim world deliberately to create more terrorists and to generate more division between Christians and Muslims. It is ironic that someone who professes to be "born again" is acting in ways that could kill millions. I wonder what "God" would think about someone who supposedly is a "Christian" and is so hell-bent on killing thousands or millions of human beings. I must have missed that chapter in the New Testament in the Bible.
* Bush told Woodward that God told him to go to war against Iraq. Bush's stability, or even sanity on many issues has to be brought into question, but saying that God would be on "his side" reveals that Bush's sanity is not intact. After all, our so-called enemies are also justifying their murderous tendencies by saying that God is on their side.
Going into this period, I was praying for strength to do the Lord's will. I'm surely not going to justify the war based on God. . . Nevertheless, in my case I pray that I be as good a messenger of His will as possible. And then of course I pray for personal strength and forgiveness.
* Bush also said that his father would be a terrible person to go to for advice. Bush dismissed any consultations with his father as if he hated his father.
He is the wrong father to appeal to for advice. The wrong father to go to, to appeal to in terms of strength. There's a higher father that I appeal to.
* Bush relied almost entirely on Cheney's inputs. Cheney desperately wanted to go to war, either legally or illegally, probably because one of the biggest beneficiaries of a war with Iraq would be his former company Halliburton. Cheney was certainly the biggest driving force for war. Rumsfeld, Rice and Hughes were also clamoring for war against Iraq.
* After Powell was finally notified of the war plans, he asked Bush if he had thought through all of the ramifications of going to war. Bush dismissed Powell's statement completely. It is obvious that Powell was just being used by Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld to go to war against Iraq.
* Bush admitted to Mr. Woodward that he does not listen to intellectuals in the country. Mr. Woodward said that Bush is "not a deep thinker" (i.e.: moron) or he does not do any critical thinking on any subject. Mr. Woodward said that Bush was almost completely void of any intellectual functioning.
My fellow Americans, any or all of the above points brought out during Mr. Woodward's interview on 60 Minutes could and should lead to immediate impeachment charges against President Bush. It is obvious that Bush has committed high crimes against the people of our country, especially the military, of which 700 are now dead because of Bush's irresponsible unilateral decision to go to war. It is also obvious that Bush is totally incompetent to occupy the position he holds. But there won't be an impeachment of President GW Bush. Republicans NEVER condemn other Republicans. They all adhere to Ronald Reagan's "Eleventh Commandment". And since our entire Congress is controlled by Republicans there will never be articles of impeachment drafted, and then submitted for a vote.
White Lies, Black Lies... Republicans condemn the former, and applaud the latter.
Larry S. Rolirad lives in Texas and has been working with third parties there to help "break down the very restrictive ballot access laws that the Democrats and Republicans have passed to squash the opposition." He has written many articles, and has produced, written and edited numerous videos and films. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.