Sunday, April 18, 2004

Woodward on 60 Minutes 

We're all dangerously close to Bush Fatigue every day now.

[Saudi] Prince Bandar enjoys easy access to the Oval Office. His family and the Bush family are close. And Woodward told 60 Minutes that Bandar has promised the president that Saudi Arabia will lower oil prices in the months before the election -- to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day.

Woodward says that Bandar understood that economic conditions were key before a presidential election: "They're [oil prices] high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer, or as we get closer to the election, they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly."

That sounds like a highly illegal foreign campaign contribution to me.

Woodward says immediately after that, Rumsfeld told Gen. Tommy Franks to develop a war plan to invade Iraq and remove Saddam -- and that Rumsfeld gave Franks a blank check.

"Rumsfeld and Franks work out a deal essentially where Franks can spend any money he needs. And so he starts building runways and pipelines and doing all the preparations in Kuwait, specifically to make war possible," says Woodward.

"Gets to a point where in July, the end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. ...Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."

This is not just an impeachable offense. It's ILLEGAL, plain and simple. The laws written into the Constitution are to be followed just as forthrightly as the laws of any state or municipality. An impeachment is not the only way to cook Bush's goose. He should be investigated, indicted, tried and found guilty, if this is true. And there's no reason to believe it is not.

This DOES prove one thing--the President can and does act as if he is above the law. And if the only body that can prosecute him is Congress, then that is not enough of a check or balance at this point in our history.

Bush's plan of attack for Iraq was, of course, classified and marked NOFOR--strictly No Foreigners allowed to view. But Bush apparently showed Saudi Prince Bandar the plans to invade Iraq TWO DAYS BEFORE he showed it to COLIN POWELL. This is TREASON. If Clinton did this--conservatives would RIGHTLY be calling for his SCALP. Nothing less than a HANGING would do!

How could Bush be so STUPID as to show the plans he had for invading Iraq to the last ally Saddam had? To someone whose wife aided al Qaeda by funnelling them charity money?

Bush is not fit to be President. And anyone who thinks so is deluding themselves completely.


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