Article: "Put George W. Bush in Prison"

Reply Wed 5 May, 2004 04:49 pm
Published on Wednesday, May 5, 2004 by The Free Press (Columbus, Ohio)

by Harvey Wasserman
Put George W. Bush in Prison

Those American soldiers torturing and sexually abusing Iraqi prisoners have made criminals of us all.

And there are only two possible responses this horrible outrage: get out of Iraq. Now!

And imprison the man responsible, George W. Bush.

Any fantasy that the United States could "bring democracy" or inject stability or somehow do something praiseworthy for the Iraqi people irrevocably died with the publication of those photographs.

With Bush, the flow of abominations only seems to deepen and get worse with every passing day. Any whining or carping that he is not personally is pure hypocrisy. This man belongs in prison!

Every serious Iraqi, Arab or Islamic leader, commentator or "person in the street" has said the same thing: "Game Over". The Americans must leave.

All further blood spilled in Iraq is senseless, useless, gratuitous slaughter.

All killing is only further insult to the people of that tortured nation and to the Americans sent there to kill and be killed. The only question now is "who will be the last person to die for this mistake?"

And when will the person most responsible, George W. Bush, pay for this abomination?

Thanks to Bush, we Americans---all of us---will forever be seen in much of the world's eyes as parties to torture and forced sexual abuse and a cynical Christian crusade whose idea of religious conversion apparently involves rape or a photographic facsimile.

As Americans, we are duty-bound to hold the guilty parties responsible, and there is ultimately one party to point to: the President of the United States.

As always, Bush takes no personal responsibility. His radio rodents like Rush Limbaugh say the photos were fake. That Bush couldn't have known about any of this. That those reports circulating for weeks about widespread torture and abuse in the Iraqi prisons---not to mention at least ten apparent murders---could not have been seen by Bush, and therefore he was not responsible.

Well, where does the buck stop?

It was on Bush's watch that the attacks on the World Trade Center killed 3000 people. He spent the weeks leading up to the attack on vacation, ignoring briefings about its likelihood.

The 9/11 attacks were funded and planned through Saudi Arabia, with whose leaders Bush has close personal ties.

The attack on Iraq was almost entirely Bush's personal doing. He meaningfully consulted only a tiny handful of neo-conservative fanatics. He discussed it with a Saudi oil prince before his own Secretary of State.

In all US history there has been no act of war more the product of a single individual than this one.

Bush consciously and systematically lied to Congress, the UN and the world about the war.

By all accounts, Saddam Hussein and the Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush attacked anyway, making a mockery of US and UN legal processes.

Bush immediately proclaimed the war a Christian Crusade, and his fundamentalist supporters still see it that way.

Bush shouted to the world that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction. He lied.

Bush's ventriloquist, Dick Cheney, said the Iraqis would "dance in the streets" with the American victory, but those streets are now soaked in blood. Bush and Cheney's business cronies have grotesquely profited from the ghastly slaughter.

Bush proclaimed "Mission Accomplished" a year ago, but the death toll has soared, and will now soar again.

Bush said resistance would disappear with the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Bush used Saddam's most infamous prison for these acts of torture. Iraqi commentators hated that the Americans left the prison standing at all. Now we find has used it to commit the same crimes Saddam did.

For all this and way too much more, the finger of guilt points just one place: the Oval Office. In the name of a "Higher Father," Bush ordered this attack virtually on his own, and trashed every legal and moral constraint to get it done.

We Americans have a higher responsibility to stop this flood of outrages, and bring this man to justice.

If those photos from Iraq prove anything, it is that George W. Bush must face criminal prosecution as soon as possible.

These outrages taint us all. As Americans, and there is just one way to redeem ourselves: get these murderous torturers out of the White House and into a prison of their own, where they belong.

Harvey Wasserman is co-author (with Bob Fitrakis) of GEORGE W. BUSH VERSUS THE SUPERPOWER OF PEACE (www.freepress.org). HARVEY WASSERMAN'S HISTORY OF THE US is available at www.harveywasserman.com

*GW recently stated that he deserves to be re-elected. Hell NO!!! He was not elected but selected bythe Supreme Court and those folk should be impeached. W deserves a prison term in Leavenworth!
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Reply Wed 5 May, 2004 04:52 pm

Wouldn't "W" look just lovely as Bubba's beeyatch? :wink:
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Reply Wed 5 May, 2004 04:59 pm
I apologize for this: I have changed my mind, doing a flip flop. I now feel that W should not be sent to Leavenworth Prison. He should be dropped off in Faluja and allow the Iraqis to entertain him.
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Reply Wed 5 May, 2004 06:12 pm
Maybe Bush and Rush can bunk in together?

A la Oz?
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Reply Wed 5 May, 2004 06:14 pm
< http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1333383&l=33095 >


Since late February, the Pentagon has been in possession of a report produced by Major General Antonio M. Taguba that details the abuse of Iraqis incarcerated in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. <1> Months later, despite knowing of the 53-page report's existence, top administration officials
responsible for the military still have not read the document.

White House officials told the Los Angeles Times that "the abuse of Iraqi prisoners sparked so much concern that President Bush was told about an investigation during the winter holidays." <2> But White House Press
Secretary Scott McClellan tried to insulate the President from criticism by suggesting that the President was surprised by the report's findings.

McClellan told reporters yesterday that Bush "only become aware of the photographs and the Pentagon's main internal report about the incidents from news reports last week." <3> Yet President Bush still has not read the report.

Three weeks before the press reported the story of the Abu Ghraib report, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard B. Myers knew enough about it
to call Dan Rather and ask him to delay airing the story. <4> Yet, as of this Tuesday, Myers still hadn't read the report. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday that he had merely "seen a summary."

1. "Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade by Maj.
Gen. Antonio M. Taguba", http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1333383&l=33096 .
2. "Accountability at Issue in Abuse of Prisoners", LA Times, 5/5/04,
http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1333383&l=33097 .
3. "White House and Pentagon Scurry to Draft Responses", New York Times,
http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1333383&l=33098 .
4. "CBS delayed airing abuse story for two weeks", AP, 5/3/04,
http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1333383&l=33099 .

Visit Misleader.org for more about Bush Administration distortion. -->
< http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1333383&l=33100 >

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* "McClellan told reporters yesterday that Bush "only become aware of the photographs and the Pentagon's main internal report about the incidents from news reports last week."

If this is the case then Rumsfeld and the Generals should be fired poste haste as they were in derelection of their duty! Can Bushco now say that McClellan lied?
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John Webb
Reply Thu 6 May, 2004 02:06 am
Re: changed
[quote="pistoff"]I apologize for this: I have changed my mind, doing a flip flop. I now feel that W should not be sent to Leavenworth Prison. He should be dropped off in Faluja and allow the Iraqis to entertain him.[/quote]

Surely not without Rumsfeld, Chaney and Rove? Rolling Eyes

On the other hand, having already suffered so much, do the Iraqis deserve the risks of further corruption? :wink:
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2004 06:11 am
The USA can send all the troops back home so then we can afford a plane trip for the entire Bushco top dawgs. Les see...
W, Chainy, CondiLiesa, Rummy, Wolftwit and Powell. We can send the rest to Bora Bora, K?
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2004 06:14 am
From what I've read, had the pics from the British journalist not been made public, I think Bush and company would've tried to bury this awful story.

They're all such snakes.
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2004 06:22 am
Damnit!!! On behalf of all the snakes in the world I protest this comparison!!!
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