Progressives want a champion that is willing to take on the Bush administration and bring to justice those responsible for lying this country into war.
If you’re looking for accountability, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get it from either potential incoming Administration. Cass Sunstein’s interview on Democracy Now put an end to any hopes of that, rejecting prosecution for “non-egregious” crimes that would amount to the criminalization of politics.
Unfortunately not too many Democrat leaders are willing to step up to the plate. Those that have in the past have had their careers threatened or destroyed. What’s remarkable about the Bush administration is its continued criminal activity after the war with no accountability. Outing a CIA operative. Politicizing the DOJ. Torture. Secret prisons. Domestic spying. It goes on and on, and yet, even with Bush at his lowest popularity, even with Democrats taking back the Senate and House, and now perhaps the White House, our Democratic leadership is, for the most part, silent — ominously, dreadfully silent.
October 11, 2002 will be a day that will live in infamy. The vote for a joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq succeeded 77 to 23. The Bush administration has had congress and the citizens of the United States by the balls ever since. Why did we give the Bush administration a blank check to go to war?
I’ve always been fascinated by Pachacutec’s confession/apology about how he initially supported the invasion of Iraq. The comments to that post, “since closed”, were also interesting and heated.
A lot of Americans felt like Pach when the war started, including our Senate, and that’s a big reason why we will never see any accountability when it comes to the Bush administration and it’s conduct after 9/11. Too many of our representatives, too many of our newspapers, too many of us looked the other way or supported Bush’s actions. How do we hold Bush accountable for war crimes, when we are complicit in them ourselves? How does the Congress impeach the president without holding themselves accountable in some way by supporting the Iraq war resolution?
Pach gave three basic reasons why he supported the invasion:
1. I was ignorant of culture and history:
2. I got caught up in national unity:
3. I read and believed the wrong people:
I think the second explanation is the one most Americans felt. Many Americans believed that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. Payback was on the minds of Americans. Revenge for 9/11. Thomas Friedman on Charlie Rose admitted it himself:
Friedman: What they needed to see, was American boys and girls, going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, basically saying, which part of this sentence don’t you understand? You don’t think we care about our open society? You think this bubble fantasy — you think we’re just going to let it grow? Well suck on this. That Charlie, is what this war was about.
We could have hit Saudi Arabia. It was part of that bubble. Could have hit Pakistan. But we hit Iraq, because it was doable.
Even today, voters, politicians, the MSM, delude themselves about Iraq. We still occupy the country. Until there are no troops or bases in that country, the war will never be over.