Democrats And Crime: Responsible Executive Oversight
By Bill Henderson
07 December, 2006
responsible citizen who witnesses a crime can't choose to turn a blind
eye and just move on. The newly elected, now Democratically controlled
Congress is responsible for executive branch oversight.
There is abundant evidence
of serious Bush Administration criminality. These responsible citizens
have witnessed the Bush Admin cynically deceive the American people
about the reasons for the US aggression in Iraq. There is more than
enough evidence of illegal intent, planning and deceit to warrant Congressional
investigation into the run up to war. There is no more serious crime
than waging a war of aggression.
There is also substantial
evidence that members of the Bush Administration committed crimes in
unlawfully imprisoning supposed terrorists in Guantanamo, in 'extraordinary'
renditions, and in condoning if not advocating torture against these
illegally detained foreigners and in Afghanistan and Iraq.
is also needed into potentially illegal domestic survivance and other
highly suspect Executive Branch actions initiated as part of 'the war
If the responsible citizen
doesn't act the rule of law is corroded and the perpetrator of the crime
is free to commit more crimes against other citizens. If the newly elected
Congress does not investigate the Bush Administration when there is
overwhelming evidence of criminality then Congressional oversight over
the Executive Branch will be gravely weakened and the Bush Admin will
remain free to commit maybe even more serious crimes in the final years
of their mandate.
There is an even more important
reason why Congress must resist the temptation to let bygones be bygones
and just work with the Bush Admin. The world has been witness to serious
crimes done in America's name. Most informed people globally have been
made aware of the accumulating evidence of deceit and aggression, kidnapping
and torture, imperial plotting and unilateral military adventurism.
Americans more than any other global citizens require a working, shared
rule of law and Bush Admin criminality has considerably corroded and
weakened the existing international rule of law. Ignore the crime and
the world just gets increasingly dangerous for Americans.
The world needs to see justice
being done. Crimes were committed. There can be no moving on from the
quagmire in the Middle East without justice. Of course, America can't
leave the Persian Gulf - further destabilization threatens the flow
of oil; but the pragmatic path out of the quagmire has to begin with
America admitting and correcting the Bush Admin mistakes.
Iraq is the present festering
symptom of building geopolitical tension over energy supplies. The end
of cheap oil - peak oil, if you wish - is the immediate example of severe
resource depletion predicted as burgeoning human populations utilizing
fossil fuel powered technology press against planetary limits to growth.
Climate change and biodiversity extinction are the other two similarly
generated global-scale problems which threaten America's prosperity,
the global civilization we are nested within, and, unfortunately, with
ever increasing probability, humanity's very existence.
These building problems require
a much deeper global commitment to multilateral cooperation and an America
capable of essential American leadership. Instead we have been taken
dangerously far down the resource war, military unilateralist path.
We must retrace our steps, admit and learn from our mistakes and take
proper remedial action. The first step is Congress reasserting responsible
oversight and investigating all evidence of criminality. Then, hopefully,
we can and need to move on.
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