The American political system has failed. The
fabled checks and balances of American politics were no match for a neoconservative
administration with a secret agenda. The American people were deceived and tricked
into supporting two invasions that are war crimes under the Nuremberg standard.
US aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq and the indiscriminate slaughter
of civilians have radicalized Muslims throughout the world and swelled the ranks
of insurgents. Despite the "surge" and an additional 30,000 US troops
in Baghdad, the US is unable to protect its own embassy. On July 10, the fortified
Green Zone, which contains the US and British embassies and the puppet Iraqi
government, came under intense mortar and rocket attack. Within the protected
Green Zone, 18 people were wounded and 3 were killed.
The US military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus said that the US
is a decade away from victory in Iraq. Gen. Petraeus could have added another
truth and acknowledged that the US military lacks sufficient fresh troops to
remain in the conflict. Last year Colin Powell said the US Army is "about
broken." The US military is exhausted by the insurgencies and will be driven
out if not withdrawn.
Gen. Petraeus assumed command in January. Six months later, Petraeus says
"the question is how can we gradually reduce our forces so we reduce the
strain on the army."
In the US Senate, Republican support for Bush's wars is fading as senators
face a hostile public that has had enough of Bush's pointless and lost wars
based on lies and deception. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq never had
any valid reason. The US occupations of these countries have failed, and no
purpose has been achieved except the enrichment of the military-security complex
and the swelling of al-Qaeda's ranks and credibility.
One trillion dollars has been totally squandered. Moreover, Bush's wars have
had to be financed by borrowing abroad. The result has been a reduction in the
dollar's value and an erosion of the dollar's status as the world's reserve
currency. The dollar has fallen to a new low against the Euro and has reached
a 26-year low against the British pound.
The latest comprehensive worldwide Pew poll reveals the complete collapse
of America's standing in the world.
This is a huge price to pay for Bush's childish ego, for the enrichment of
Cheney's cronies at Halliburton and merchants of death, and for Congress' appeasement
Bush's and Cheney's lies and assaults on the US Constitution and American
civil liberty, their plans to attack Iran, and the war crimes for which they
are responsible provide an open and shut case for their impeachments. The latest
polls show that 54% of Americans support impeachment of Vice President Cheney,
with only 40% opposed. Bush hangs on by a hair with 45% favoring his impeachment
and 46% opposed. But Democrats, like Republicans, have failed the electorate
and refuse to do their duty. Congress is a creature of special interests and
no longer represents the American people.
Obviously, some new method is needed for removing incompetent or dictatorial
presidents and vice presidents.
Constitutional reform might be next to impossible, but before dismissing the
possibility consider that according to British news reports, Britain's new prime
minister, Gordon Brown, intends a wide-ranging program of constitutional reform,
including giving up the prime minister's power to declare war.
The London Telegraph says: "The measures are intended to restore
trust in politics after the by-passing of Parliament and the Cabinet, as well
as the culture of spin and media manipulation, that characterized the Blair
If America is to remain a democracy, the people need refurbished powers to
hold "government of the people, by the people, for the people" accountable.
One way of doing this would be a vote of confidence by the people. The question
can be put to a national referendum: "Shall the president remain in office?"
"Shall the vice president remain in office?"
The state of Florida does this for judges, including Florida's Supreme Court,
so there is precedent for allowing the people to decide whether officials may
remain in office.
As the American people can no longer rely on elected officials to respond
to public opinion, the people must do what they can to gather power back into
their hands before they become the subjects of tyrants.