Resigns - Russell
Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, appearing on commondreams.org,
Nov. 29, 2005
Bush today resigned his presidency.
months ago, Bush was slapped with a one-count
indictment by the Iraq War Crimes Tribunal charging
him with crimes against humanity.
before Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base,
Bush read the following statement:
I am resigning as President of the United States
because I have compromised the trust of my constituents.
months ago, I publicly declared my innocence
because I was not strong enough to face the
I misled my family, staff, friends, colleagues,
the public -- even myself.
all of this, I am deeply sorry.
truth is -- I broke the law, concealed my conduct,
and disgraced my high office.
know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation,
my worldly possessions, and most importantly,
the trust of my friends and family.
time ago, I asked my lawyers to inform the special
war crimes prosecutor that I would like to plead
guilty and begin serving a prison term.
is the culmination of that process.
will continue to cooperate with the government's
ongoing investigation to the best of my ability.
my life, I have known great joy and great sorrow.
now I know great shame."
so that wasn't George Bush.
a few words, and that is the verbatim statement
of Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham, who
pled guilty in San Diego today to taking more
than $2.4 million in bribes from a number of
faces 10 years in prison.
the rest of Cunningham's statement:
learned in Viet Nam that the true measure of
a man is how he responds to adversity.
cannot undo what I have done.
I can atone.
am now almost 65 years old and, as I enter the
twilight of my life, I intend to use the remaining
time that God grants me to make amends.
first step in that journey is to admit fault
next step is to face the consequences of my
actions like a man.
I have taken the first step and, with God's
grace, I will soon take the second."
course, George Bush did not learn anything in
he skipped out on Vietnam. Not out of principle,
but simply from the exercise of class privilege.
as former Congressman Cunningham said today,
"the true measure of a man is how he responds
George Bush is facing adverse times.
wait for the indictment?
what white-collar criminals do.
to the prosecutor and come clean.
to the war crimes you have committed.
you have done is a violation of international
as former chief justice and Nuremberg prosecutor
Robert Jackson put it -- a war of aggression
is the supreme international crime.
you have committed it. The first step of your
journey is to admit fault and apologize -- to
people, to the Iraqi people and to the people
of the world.
second step is to face the consequences of your
actions like a man.
have known great joy and sorrow in your life.
is your time to know shame.
Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington,
D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter, . Robert
Weissman is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based
Monitor. Mokhiber and Weissman are co-authors
the Rampage: Corporate Predators and the Destruction
of Democracy (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage
2005 Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman