I grew up in the Fifties and Sixties, but I really came of political age in the early Seventies, because it was right around that time that I watched the national drama we now know as Watergate as it unfolded. Talk about Reality TV, this was the original! The actual break-in that started the scandal occurred about 2 months prior to my 18th birthday, and Nixon eventually resigned just prior to my 20th. I was a history major in college, and here was history, that I just knew was going to be studied in the future, being played out on our televisions and newspapers. The man we elected to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land had violated that same Constitution and committed criminal acts in conspiracy with others, then tried to cover it all up. When the smoke cleared the constitutional process envisioned by the likes of Jefferson and Madison had worked. A corrupt president had been forced out of office, and everyone responsible had been charged and convicted of various crimes (save one). The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief, with a sense that we had tested ourselves, and passed with flying colors, and with a knowledge, bordering on certainty, that it couldn’t happen again.
Little did we know.
Vincent Bugliosi has written a book with a challenging title, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. Bugliosi is also the author of numerous other non-fiction books, and is perhaps best remembered as the prosecutor of Charles Manson. The premise of his most recent book is that George W. Bush is responsible for the deaths of over 4000 servicemen and women, not to mention at least a hundred thousand Iraqis. He needlessly invaded the country of Iraq, based on lies. He lied and mislead the American public, Congress, and the rest of the world about the real reasons for invading Iraq, and as a result hundreds of thousands died. He purposely deflected our focus on bin Laden, choosing consciously to stop efforts to bring him to justice “dead or alive”, instead focusing on a country that he knew had nothing to do with 9/11. He allowed Congress to authorize a military invasion, giving them doctored and falsified information and a false sense that he was trying to obtain redress for 9/11. Bugliosi makes a viable argument that while it’s probably too late to impeach him, as the process would take to long, once he’s out of office all of the necessary elements for a sustainable charge of homicide in the first degree exists, which could be prosecuted to a guilty verdict against George W. Bush.
Initially I scoffed at the notion. What District Attorney or U.S. Attorney in their right mind would take on this unprecedented action? And frankly, having finished the book, I can’t see it being done in this political climate. Our current crop of politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, are spineless. But I have to admit that, as I read the book, and especially after reading the voluminous notes, I became convinced that, on paper, it’s doable. Bugliosi has done considerable research into the words and statements of Bush leading up to, during and after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with finding corroborating government documents, and it is quite clear that not only can it be proven that Bush knew that what he was advocating was not only misleading, but downright false, before he even gave the order to invade, but that he clearly had the malice necessary to substantiate a conviction for the deaths he knew would result. He could even be given the death penalty in the proper jurisdiction.
However, the value of this book for me was not in the convincing argument for a successful prosecution, but in the exhaustive rendition of the events and information that led to the Bush administration’s decision to start this fateful war, laid out all in one nice neat little package with a ribbon wrapped around it and a bow on top. In effect, it’s an amicus curie brief prepared in advance for any willing prosecutor. All the research, arguments, and answers to anticipated defenses are here for the prosecutorial taking. Here are some interesting tidbits, information and arguments I enjoyed:
- The main thrust of Bush’s reasons for invasion was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction they refused to give up. However, a classified intelligence report was summarized in a White paper (unclassified) given to Congress before the crucial vote on the war, which watered down the dissenting opinions contained in the classified report, and by taking the supporting opinions and changing them into facts. Bush, Cheney and Rice all were well aware of the unclassified version.
- The second reason justifying the invasion was the implied and sometimes even explicitly stated contention that Saddam Hussein and Al-Queda were linked, and that Iraq was responsible for 9/11, despite the fact that Bush admitted after the invasion that there was no evidence for a 9/11-Iraq link. However, he left everyone under the impression that it was true (as did Cheney and Rice), without correcting it, to the extent that to this day, an astounding 90% of the armed forces in Iraq still believe it.
- I particularly found this quote to be enlightening, referring to the real reason for the war was to simply get rid of the man who tried to have Bush’s father killed (though the evidence for even that is far from certain) and “bring democracy to Iraq”.
“Democracy doesn’t mean simply holding elections….First, you need a democratic culture – a tradition of voluntary associations, a tolerance for nonconformism and pluralism, a shared belief in the dignity of the individual, separation of political power from religious authority and a belief in the legitimacy of dissent.”
- Sounds just like Iraq, doesn’t it?
That’s just a taste. Buglisoi makes a cogent argument for this prosecution however he does so in a way that indicates his extreme hatred for what Bush has done to this country, which tends to undermine his argument a bit, as it almost sounds too personal. But in the end, it is possible, and given the lessons we learned in Watergate, it should be attempted. No President should be above the law. If you compare what Bush did to what Nixon did, there is really no comparison in terms of loss of life. No one died as a result of Nixon’s second rate burglary and cover up. That scandal pales in comparison to 4000 dead soldiers who gave their lives for what? So that Bush’s friends in the oil industry could recover what they lost when the oil industry was nationalized 40 years ago? So that a man with a huge ego and a small brain could stroke the former without exercising the latter?
This country went through a wrenching process 34 years ago, but if we allow Bush to get away with murder, it will all be for nothing.
I’ll leave you with a quote that I had read before, but which I re-discovered near the end of the notes in this book. This is from a book entitled A World Transformed, by George H. W. Bush (his father):
Trying to eliminate Saddam [by] extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq would have incurred incalculable human and political costs…Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.
Further proof that Bush is not only guilty of murder, but he cannot read.
I don’t want to read this post. I’m just starting the book. I don’t want to know how it ends. Did Bush commit murder? I can’t wait to find out!
Perhaps if his dad had included more illustrations, Dubya would have read the book.
George is a psychopath. This book means nothing to him. Facts mean nothing to him. The estimated million dead in Iraq mean nothing to him. The dead Americans mean nothing to him. He gets his kicks presiding over the destruction of the United States and causing the Middle East and Southwest Asia to burst into flames that won’t be quelled for generations because of his stupidity and arrogance.
As for a prosecution, I doubt very much that would ever happen in this country. But it could well happen overseas if the little craphead leaves the country after he’s out of office. In fact, he should get the same treatment Eichmann got – kidnapped and hauled off to face charges overseas. And then they should hang him with the same rope used on Hussein.
I just hope the Prosecutor is not Marcia Clark. Or even worse, Hamilton Burger.
Books like this make clear that being out of the Oval Office for 7.5 years have made many liberals to lose whatever sanity they had.
Bugliosi’s case is without merit or scruples.
I grew up in the same time frame you did. In the middle of the Watergate scandal, I was hospitalized due to the need of emergency surgery. During my stay in the hospital, my eyes were glued to the TV. Each time a hospital employee entered my room…they, too, would stand almost transfixed for a few minutes…they, too, were watching the events unfold on TV.
It was thought this event had to be the worst thing that could ever happen…this thinking was, obviously, incorrect.
Michelle? I agree, and I am 57 at this time. I am a former Ranger that served in Viet Nam so I can just assume that the previous posters on this thread absolutely hate me.
Many will disagree with you, as well as with me. Look above, at the absolutely simplistic evaluations.
Many above simply swallow the rhetoric of those that hate the war in Iraq. Others do the same about Afghanistan… I would submit that most of humanity would do well to support American Troops. After all, they are the people that are keeping the complainers alive.
Most on this blog are at least attempting to be well thought out. You get a permanent link. There are some here that, although I disagree with, actually do think.
I very much appreciate your kind comment. It matters not whether folks agree or disagree…the truth is the truth.
Having lived outside the USA for so long has taught me much. It grieves me that so many are clueless as to anything that goes on outside the US border. Plus, so many are content to sit still, “while Rome burns”.
When I moved back home, I hardly recognized my own nation. “What in the world has happened”…was my question. It is my belief that it wouldn’t be wise to tell you, in this forum, all that I was told. However, if left me shaking my head in disbelief. then to top it all off, I was told that Dick Cheney said he was not part of the Executive Branch of government. My jaw dropped…it appears that no one is “minding the store”.
There was a time I was a staunch Republican…yet, my political view point has radically changed. It’s so radically different…it reminds me of the radical times during the 60’s & 70’s. I jumped in with both feet then…and I find myself doing the same thing now.
Thanks again…your comment made my day!
Talk, talk, talk.
The Inquisitor gave a short synopsis of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder then in his expert opinion proclaimed it to failure or ain’t gonna happen. Let me tell you fellows it the hell better happen! Seems there is tocksan (for you guys that missed the big one that means ‘a bunch’ in Japanese) analysts bloggers but not near enough doers. For those who may not be so inclined why don’t you buy the book (instead of regurgitating someone else’s opinion or waiting for it to come out in a ‘funny book’ edition), read it, then see how you can help to make it happen!
BUSH is BUSHEIT !!!
The Fact :
The bigest Murder in the world !
Just one little thing. Would you be so kind as to consider naming your blog ‘Christian Inquisitor’ or whatever not relating ‘Spanish’ with such a concept? Our ancestor Spaniards had already quite a lot to endure under these vicious clerks. No need to scatter that mud on the victim’s descent …
Otherwise -and obviously- I appreciate your texts and views.
I would submit that most of humanity would do well to support American Troops.
Well, I would submit that most of humanity would do well to support American Troops when they’re fighting for a Just Cause, and not to support American Troops when they’re fighting for an Unjust Cause.
In other words, I don’t buy “My country, right or wrong.”
Ha! Sorry to offend the good Spaniards of the world, but if you read my “about” page, the name doesn’t come from any particular Hispanic background, but from a Monty Python sketch. So the Spaniards of the world will have to accept my apology for any aspersions unintentionally cast, but I ain’t changing the name. 8)
So I assume you haven’t read it yet?
Bad assumption. Knowing all of the previous posters, (except tsfiles) I doubt that very much.
Is anyone else getting tired of hearing this? I am. It is such a facile platitude, the sole intention being to shut up critics of the war without offering anything of substance in return. Of course we, every single fucking American, support the troops who have been forced, yes forced (you were in the Rangers, did you have a choice as to where they sent you?) to fight in a war that has been increasingly shown to be misconceived, mis-planned, and mis-executed. WTF? Support the troops? The criticism of the war is not a criticism of the troops, it’s a criticism of the leadership behind the troops. That’s like saying when Enron declared bankruptcy and folded, the media kept harping on the office workers in their cubicles as the cause of Enron’s downfall.
Give it a break, Patrick. BTW, have you read about the Army’s history of the war?
Thanks for your comments.
It’s a matter of scale. There is just no comparison between what Nixon did, and what Bush has done, unless as a moral priority, you rank burglary and deception as a far more egregious crime than murder. If you value the sanctity of locked doors over human life, then you have one fucked up sense of right and wrong.So I agree with you.
Ummmm….did you read what I wrote? I clearly don’t think the book was a failure, though I don’t think a prosecution will happen unless someone with a spine steps up and does it. I see no one on the horizon, do you?
I find “supporting the troops” means deploying them for just causes, ensuring they’re not needlessly put in harm’s way due to poor planning, not needlessly in danger due to lack of adequate equipment, and I certainly feel that those men who return battered and broken deserve the best care and should not be abandoned. I’d also say supporting those soldiers means restoring the GI Bill to what it used to be, money so that they can go to college, not just barely afford the textbooks.
This administration has failed to support our troops and has failed America.
July 4th, just heard about this on km 1150 talk radio so do not have full view, though questions arise as follows: Need to know about jurisdiction in which Bush might be tried, and what the charge might be. Is the crime federal, state, or local, and what of his co defendants, like Rice and the VP, as well as others? What if Bush resigns and has a deal with the VP to give him a pardon as Ford did for Nixon, for the good of the country? Much as I might wish to see this happen I guess the next President, whomever that may be needs to focus on the energy crisis and getting out of Iraq, not on a public trial diverting attention from the really huge problems we have as a nation so the “dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard” gets away.
The best answer is to read the book.
However, as for jursidiction, Bugliosi thinks that any jurisdiction is which a soldier who died resided would suffice. I get the sense that he would prefer a federal over a state venue.
And yes, Cheney and Rice would be co-conspirators, and should be tried also.
One scenario is that Bush wold pardon Cheney and Rice, then resign the day before his term expires, allowing Cheney to become President. Then Cheney pardon’s Bush. Sound ridiculous?
No, we don’t hate you, and if you want proof, you need to read the post again (or, better yet, read the book). Part of the case against Bush is that he caused the deaths of 4,000 *troops*. Our anger is directed at the people who make the decisions. And I don’t think that sending people off to get shot at is a good way to “support” them.
You claim that Americans who oppose the war are ungrateful, but I think you would be surprised by how many of those same people are campaigning for better health care, education, and financial benefits for returning troops. *That* is the real way to support them.
Just why are people so afraid to prosecute/impeach someone who has arrogated to himself the power to destroy and destabilize the USA, Iraq, and the world? The gang of lying criminals–Bush, Cheyney, etc. needs to be brought to book. Why are we so gutless?
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Yeah that’s a good book; I mean the guy is mad as hell about Bush and there are some strong rants about Bush but overall a good, excellent legal framework for Bush’s case.
There is a similar book I came by that might be interesting to Bush-haters, lol, called America 2014, a fiction picturing a totalitarian U.S. in 2014, with no end to War on Terror a 4th term President George Blush rules, with America renamed “God’s United States”; ring a bell to 1984; if interested go check it out at http://www.america2014.com
Thanks for the reflection.
When do the Charges get filed? Why is it taking so long, everyone here has wanted this for 6-8 years! We have the video, e-mails, witnesses, crimes, and the truth but those who CAN won’t. Could this be a Class Action? Can the People start this ball rolling? Where do we start. Where can we donate? Can The People hire Bugliosi? You all know we can’t depend on the mealy-mouthed cowards in Congress. Well, what do you think Mr. Bugliosi? Will you take this on?
The Bush Administration sold out our country to the Chinese. Every facet of American culture has turned into Chinese business models. Read up on Chinese government and it’s effect on China’s culture if you want to know exactly how business and law works in the United States today. Send Bush and Cheney to China and let their fates be decided by a Red Court. Our crumbling economy will create a ripple effect over in China, and when they get it, they will do the right thing.
I ordered the product and wish to order more how fast will it arrive?
How the hell would I know? You didn’t order it from me.