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When Will We Liberate the Iraqis?

By David Swanson

I know, I know, Bush liberated the Iraqis. But when will we liberate them from Bush's liberation? Well, ideally, the American people will rise up tomorrow and force Congress to cease funding the occupation and to vote an immediate and complete withdrawal with a veto-overriding supermajority, not to mention impeaching Bush and Cheney. I raise that possibility not so much because I've been drinking as because long-term movements for systemic reform require awareness of what we're missing. If we ever replace a Congress dominated by money, media, and parties with one loyal to us the people, it will be because we tragically realize what so very easily could have been.

Nobody Could Possibly Have Expected

By David Swanson

So, now we discover that Bush was warned in detail of the looming foreclosure crisis and told what would prevent it and what would make it worse. He chose to make it worse. Funny, he was also warned about Hurricane Katrina (we have the videotape), but he claimed he had no possible way of knowing what could happen. He was warned exactly how the Iraqis would react to an occupation of their country, but he said he had no idea. He got a memo describing the 9-11 attacks pretty clearly and was repeatedly briefed on the danger, and yet he said he just couldn't have possibly imagined such a thing. Of course, there's nothing we could discover that would cause Congress to impeach Bush. But we have learned this: Clinton could have avoided impeachment too if he'd only said "I had no way of imagining what might happen when that woman crawled under my desk." Psst: Obama, remember that as far as you know Afghanistan is a really fun place to occupy and almost nobody has ever had a bad experience with that!

As Congress Lay Dying

By David Swanson

The debate among progressive activists and commentators in recent weeks has tended to range from the leave-Obama-alone-and-he'll-fix-everything position to the stage-a-protest-at-Obama's-house-for-the-next-month position, including numerous stances in between those extremes. What all these positions share is acceptance of the incredible shift of power from Congress to the White House that we have seen in just the last eight years. It is in these concluding moments of the Bush-Cheney era that Congress's coffin is being constructed just outside our window, and I'm afraid that the peace and justice movement is picking flowers to bring to the funeral.

Paul Berenson Show...Bailout, PTSD, Impeachment Movement, Obama's Team, Iraq, Afghanistan

Bree Walker co-hosts, David Swanson

Bree Walker co-hosts this week. We'll talk a lot about the bailout, it's real cost, among other things, big new developmeents in PTSD, along with what Bree's doing with Camp Casey, which she bought from Cindy Sheehan. We'll also talk about Obama's team, the California Budget mess, and the destruction of UC, Cal State, and the rest of our public education system by a handful of Republicans. We'll also talk about Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq Passes SOFA

By David Swanson

The Iraqi Parliament has approved a treaty with the United States or rather its government or rather its lameduck president, although its lameduck president has already made clear his intention to "interpret" it to mean whatever the heck he wants, meaning that the new president will be free to do that or not as he and his progressive supporters or he and his neocon advisors see fit.

You Cannot Pardon a Crime You Authorized

Statement from the Steering Committee for the Prosecution for War Crimes of President Bush and His Subordinates

Never before has a president pardoned himself or his subordinates for crimes he authorized. The closest thing to this in U.S. history thus far has been Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence. Bush is widely expected to follow that commutation with a pardon. Not only did Libby work for the White House, but he was convicted of obstruction of justice in an investigation that was headed to the president. Evidence introduced in the trial, including a hand-written note by the vice president, implicated Bush, and former press secretary Scott McClellan has since testified that Bush authorized the exposure of an undercover agent, that being the crime that was under investigation.

Nicole Sandler Interviews David Swanson on Air America

Nicole Sandler filled in for Rachel Maddow on Air America and was nice enough to have me on to talk with her about impeachment, pardons, and prosecutions: LISTEN.

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Congress Opposes Bush Pardons

Nadler Introduces Resolution Opposing Possible Bush Pardons of His Own Subordinates for Crimes He Authorized
By David Swanson

Here's a resolution, hot off the presses from Jerrold Nadler, Chair of the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee: H.RES.1531, "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President of the United States should not issue pardons to senior members of his administration during the final 90 days of his term of office," Sponsor: Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] (introduced 11/20/2008). There will be a petition promoting this resolution, through which you can write to your representative and senators at