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Impeachment calls grow stronger

July 1, 1993

A few weeks ago, we reported there was a faint drumbeat beginning for impeachment of President Bush.

The beat goes on, and other drums are getting much louder.

In a July 18 column, John Dean, one of the central figures in the Nixon Watergate scandal, called for appointment of a special prosecutor to determine if the president has committed impeachable offenses.

Dean wrote: “What I found, in critically examining Bush’s evidence, is not pretty. The African uranium matter is merely indicative of larger problems, and troubling questions of potential and widespread criminality when taking the nation to war. It appears that not only the Niger uranium hoax, but most everything else that Bush said about Saddam Hussein’s weapons was false, fabricated, exaggerated, or phony.”

Dean is not the only one calling for movement toward impeachment. There is a professor at the University of Illinois who has drafted articles of impeachment, and there is a Web site that seeks signatures on a petition calling for such action.

Robert Scheer, columnist for AlterNet. org, asked: “Does the president not read? Does his national security staff, led by Condoleezza Rice, keep him in the dark about the most pressing issues of the day? Or is this administration blatantly lying to the American people to secure its ideological ends?”

A growing portion of the American populace seems to be concluding that they were snookered over the decision to attack Iraq.

Even though Rupert Murdoch’s staunchly pro-Bush Fox News tries mightily to present polls showing very high approval ratings for the president, other pollsters turn up quite different results.

The latest Zogby poll shows 53 percent giving Bush a job rating of excellent while 46 percent rank him only fair or poor.

When it comes to re-electing Dubya, only 46 percent are in favor and 47 percent want a regime change. Bush’s favorability rating stood at 57 percent favorable and 42 percent unfavorable.

We believe the latter number will climb a good deal in the next few months. Zogby says once it has two polls showing Bush numbers below 50, the media will begin calling him “embattled.”

Paul Krugman, writing in The New York Times last month, said: “There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious…but even people who aren’t partisan Republicans shy away from confronting the administration’s dishonest case for war, because they don’t want to face the implications.”

But that is beginning to change. More and more of the media, including some of the national big guns, are getting on Bush’s case hot and heavy. It will get even stronger.

As John Dean said in his column: “So egregious and serious are Bush’s misrepresentations that they appear to be a deliberate effort to mislead Congress and the public. So arrogant and secretive is the Bush White House that only a special prosecutor can effectively answer and address these troubling matters. Since the independent counsel statute has expired, the burden is on President Bush to appoint a special prosecutor—and if he fails to do so, he should be held accountable by Congress and the public.”

Douglas Giebel, in an article for Counterpunch.org, said: “Whether George W. Bush should be impeached depends on the evidence a special prosecutor uncovers, but John Dean is correct: a special prosecutor must be appointed, and one with far more credibility than Kenneth Starr.”

And, we might add, one who is not subject to blackmail. Starr was highly vulnerable in that area and went only for a trivial charge against Clinton of dalliance with an intern.

Michael Ruppert, operator of From The Wilderness Publications, commented: “Statements by both Bush and departing press spokesman Ari Fleischer that the matter is now closed will likely go down as wishful and quite possibly delusional thinking. Famous last words. Recalled is the line from Watergate’s John Dean: ‘There is a cancer growing on the presidency.’ This is the kind of cancer that eats official after official until there is nothing left between it and the king.”

The feeding frenzy is just beginning. When the smoke clears, Dubya may be looking at a big sign reading “Exit.”

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