night, September 7, President Bush told the American
public and the world to expect more of the same
from his administration. More crimes against peace
and humanity, more deaths and destruction, more
debts and poverty. He wants everyone to help.
Bush has spent $79 billion attacking Afghanistan
and Iraq and seeks $87 billion more for another
year of violence. What he calls "one of the swiftest
and most humane military campaigns in history"
has taken more than 30,000 Iraqi lives, destroyed
"tens of billions" in facilities essential to
life, electricity, water supply, sewage disposal,
according to Paul Bremer, and left the whole country
destitute, in turmoil, growing violence and rage.
Thousands perished in Afghanistan where the destruction
remains unrepaired, the people disoriented and
impoverished, the highway from Kabul to Kandahar
is impassable and violence is mounting.
casualties in Iraq alone have reached 300 dead,
1200 with disabling injuries, and a total of 6000
returned to the United States in body bags, on
stretchers, or sick in body or mind. U.S. soldiers
are being killed at a growing rate, now 1 or 2
the meantime, 2 1/2 million jobs have been lost
in the U.S., 1.3 million families slid below the
impossibly low poverty line of $17000 a year for
a family of four. U.S. government deficits have
erased a surplus of $590 billion and created a
debt of $400 billion, a trillion dollar loss,
with deficits of $400 billion plus expected for
the next several years at least. Not content with
his crimes against peace, wars of aggression,
crimes against humanity, assassination, summary
execution, torture and illegal and secret detentions,
President Bush boasted "...and we have captured
or killed hundreds of Saddam loyalists and terrorists...
seizing many caches of enemy weapons and massive
amounts of ammunition. We have carried the fight
to the enemy... the surest way to avoid attacks
on our own people is to engage the enemy where
he lives and plans."
means more wars of aggression. More summary execution
and assassinations. More arbitrary arrests, more
illegal detentions and disappearances. Guantanamo
is a symbol to the world of President Bush's contempt
for human rights: torture, suicides, secret detention,
military trials, an execution chamber waiting.
Guantanamo should be returned to Cuba now -- a
forces must be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.
These must be our last foreign military interventions.
U.S. companies must be barred from profiting from
contracts for "rebuilding Iraq" which the U.S.
destroyed. Ten percent of the U.S. military budget
at the 2003 level should be paid into a U.N. fund
for the next decade to compensate Iraq and Afghanistan
for U.S. crimes against them, to be used as they
are virtually guaranteed more of the same unless
President Bush is impeached for his high Crimes
and Misdemeanors. To take back the Constitution
and save our country Vote to Impeach now. This
vote is an unmistakable message from the American
people. The world and the present Administration
will understand this message. It means we do not
accept the crimes President Bush has committed
in our name and will not permit their repetition.
September 9, 2003