It’s unlikely that Dallas celeb George W. Bush will ever face prosecution for war crimes – in this country, anyway. But while most Americans move forward from the misery that Dubya’s Old Testament-inspired Iraq Crusade has wrought, some who lost loved ones in the war are, understandably, still having a very hard time.
The Dallas Peace Center has announced that activist Cindy Sheehan is coming to Dallas to lead a peaceful (natch) June 8 protest of the Bush Administration’s “Crimes Against Humanity.” The short march will end outside the ex-president’s gated compound on Daria Dr.
Let’s hope Sheehan herself can find some peace and, if she wants it, a productive future stumping for social justice issues. Let’s also hope she’s not hung up on the expectation that Bush will ever offer any contrition for his awful decisions. He has placed his own warped brand of Christian faith where his conscience should be.
Prosecute GW for war crimes? Then also prosecute every other public official who warned us about Iraq’s WMD and the threat of Saddam Hussein……”One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.” –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998 “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.” –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998 “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.” –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998 “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.” –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998 “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.” Letter to President Clinton, signed by: — Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998 “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.” -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998 “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.” — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999 “There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.” Letter to President Bush, Signed by: — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001 “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.” — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002 “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.” — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002 “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…” — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002 “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.” — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002 “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.” — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002 “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do” — Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002 “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002 “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.” — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002 “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…” — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
And if Cindy Sheehan is so concerned about “crimes against humanity”, why doesn’t she protest at abortion clinics & fight for the unborn? Doesn’t an unborn fetus experience torture and other “crimes against humanity” before it is aborted and thrown in a dumpster? How many abortions & crimes against humanity have occured since Roe v. Wade in this country alone? What is worse – waging an offensive military campaign to make the world a safer place, or grinding up hundreds of thousands, even millions of fetuses annually & throwing them in dumpsters, that haven’t hurt anyone & haven’t even seen the light of day, through the practice of unlimited abortion on demand?
So ejj, do you just have a whole bunch of talking points and quotes saved in a text file somewhere on your computer so you can cut and paste them into every blog post you read that bothers you? Yeah, you’re not completely mental or anything.
The point is while Sheehan’s loss is horrible, her angst is very misplaced. She should be going after Obama right now (who has the power to end the “overseas contingencies”), all the Democrats (including Bill Clinton & George “Slam Dunk” Tenet) that thought Saddam needed to be removed from power or else he would use his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, and abortion doctors that commit crimes against humanity on the unborn on a daily basis.
JD Writes:”do you just have a whole bunch of talking points”
I was at the protest yesterday – Sheehan’s goons were the one’s passing out said “talking points” that you mention. So I guess by your criteria, they were “completely mental”. Good to know we agree on something.