Time To Deal With Bush's Legacy Of Lies



Nothing's lower than a liar, especially from a position of trust.

"I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information," said George W. Bush on Sept. 30, 2003. "If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action."

Recently, we found out who the leaker is.

Attorneys and current and former White House officials close to the investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson said last Thursday that President Bush gave Vice President Dick Cheney the authorization in mid-June 2003 to leak highly sensitive classified information.

So there it is.

George W. Bush and his people lied with their bare faces hanging out about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

They lied about connections between al Qaeda and the Iraqi government, lied about Iraqi connections to Sept. 11, and further lied about the threat to America posed by Iraq.

They made a decision to invade that had nothing to do with those weapons, and even conspired with their British counterparts to goad Hussein into a war regardless of whether the weapons were there or not.

They used Sept. 11 against the American people to frighten them into a fearfully subservient acceptance of the invasion.

They still spy illegally on thousands of American citizens.

Every time they break the law, their cronies in Congress manipulate those laws to make the actions taken legal.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead. Tens of thousands more have been maimed.

In Iraq, 2,345 American soldiers have been killed, with 17 in the first six days of April alone. Tens of thousands more have been grievously wounded; nearly two thirds of all injuries suffered by American soldiers in Iraq are brain injuries, and amount to permanent debilitation.

We'll be generations digging out from under the refuse left behind by this administration. From this day forward, any politician who claims that censure is not appropriate and impeachment is a waste of time should have their head examined by a whole team of medical experts. Bush and his people have lied, and done so for the lowest of reasons - personal gain and political protection.

If there's to be no reckoning for this, there will never again be a man in America who can speak of justice while keeping a straight face.

It's time for appropriate action.

Larry Brophy, Payson

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