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What would Molly Ivins say about a petition to prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes? When she was alive, she wrote about the administration's crimes often.

There was that crime of stifling dissent, and the crime of starting the Iraq war through false pretenses:

I am sick of the right wing claiming patriotism as its exclusive purview. No one serves this country well who blindly supports misbegotten wars in the name of patriotism. The right to dissent is one of the founding principles of this country and is in itself a high form of patriotism. What you owe your country is your best evaluation of whether we are or are not going in the right direction.

There was that crime of making the Iraq war about religion, and finding solace and righteousness in the Bible:

Back in the 1950s, when the late Rep. Bob Eckhardt was still in the Texas Legislature, a bill to cut off all state aid to illegitimate children was under debate. After listening to some of his "Christian" colleagues explain why illegitimate children should be left to starve, Eckhardt rose and said, "I am not so much concerned about the natural bastards as I am about the self-made ones." I consider that one of the most Christian things I've ever heard said during legislative debate. 

There was the crime of sending men and women into war unprotected, and the crime of bringing them home to fight privately for funds and health care services:

Just before Memorial Day, Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi said, "Our active military respond better to Republicans" because of "the tremendous support that President Bush has provided for our military and our veterans." The same day, the White House announced plans for massive cuts in veterans' health care for 2006. 

There was the crime of starting two wars with state-of-the-art equipment and a mid-eighteenth century understanding of the territory and people:

It is quite possible the final lesson of the Iraq debacle will be that the military is the wrong tool for the terrorist job. This brings us back to the original rhetorical trap we got ourselves into by talking about "the war on terror." Wars are fought by the military, but the tools needed include a huge intelligence operation as well as criminal investigation. 

To this end, how stupid is it that we have two dozen treasury agents chasing Cuban embargo violators and only four tracking terrorist money.

 

But the big crime was finding opportunity in war to write the PATRIOT Act, occupy foreign countries and kill their citizens, further private neo-con objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorize the world and threaten more of the same...all the while making life easier for friends of the administration:

This goes back to an old sore point in this administration's fight against terrorism. When the Bushies came in, they abandoned the multilateral efforts Bill Clinton had set up to track offshore money, and even after 9-11 they only reluctantly endorsed increasing Treasury's power to follow the money. It is not paranoia or conspiracy-mongering to point out that this reluctance stems from the unhappy habit of so many American rich people to keep their money in offshore accounts in order to avoid taxes (see Enron, etc.).

As awful as the Bush Administration treated their own citizens, Molly Ivins called our attention to the atrocities done to others in our name:

So, Haditha becomes another of the names at which we wince, along with Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and My Lai. Tell you what: Let’s not use the “stress of combat” excuse this time. According to neighbors, the girls in the family of Younis Khafif—the one who kept pleading in English, “I am a friend. I am good”—were 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1. What are they going to say? “Under stress of combat, we thought the baby was 2”?

She can't sign the petition below to investigate Bush and Cheney for war crimes: but we can.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Instigate an independent investigation into the Bush Administration for violating the "War Crimes Act of 1996."
Although the practices of killing, torture, and inhuman treatment of prisoners at American-led detention centers like Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib are well-documented, those that handed down the orders have thus far escaped both public trial and punishment for violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2441, the "War Crimes Act of 1996". By bringing those involved with violating the Law to justice; most notably former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Americans can finally repair the damage caused to its National Image and standing in the World Community, an image tarnished by this group of high-powered rogues and their attempts to subvert the law to their own whims.  Created: Sep 25, 2011  
Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Foreign Policy, Human Rights

This link goes to the petition at the WhiteHouse.gov website; you don't need to create an account to read the petition or to view the other petitions that are there. You will need to create an account to sign the petition, but it is not necessary to include your town or zip code.

NOTE: this petition is not the same one started by the DailyKos group; the petition above had 2600 signatures as of October 3, 2011 8:38 pm PDT. The other petition had 48 signatures at that same time. A petition has 30 days to acqure the 5,000 signers necessary to get a review by the Obama Administration.

Please add your name.

We miss you Molly.
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  •  Molly was one of the BEST (0+ / 0-)

    And if she were alive today, as smart and honest as she was, she'd sign the petition, all right: but she would insist that Barack Obama's name appear right next to Bush and Cheney's.
    And that is the reason the current administration will never bring charges against those two; it would also have to prosecute itself.  

    "The corporatism that has overtaken our democracy is an ideology that insists on relentless positivism — that's why it opposes criticism and encourages passivity." --- John Ralston Saul

    by skunkbaby on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 09:29:22 PM PDT

    •  Maybe, maybe not (1+ / 0-)
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      papa monzano

      I agreed with Pres. Obama's decision in 2009 to look forward and not backward; to choose healing over more disintegration. healing sounded like the better option.

      But now we know healing was never an option. The only option is to prosecute Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al.

      The Swiss denied Bush entry in February 2011. The HRC produced charges as well, adding charges against officials of the Obama Administration if they didn't act in concert with efforts to prosecute.

      The more pressure we bring to bear on the Obama Admin., the better.  To say they'll never charge the Bushies is unfair if we don't pressure them to act.

      •  Same sort of issues with Nixon (2+ / 0-)
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        YsosadisticGOP, papa monzano

        BUT look where that got us. So many of the same actors appearing under W. Bush.

        •  nixonesque (1+ / 0-)
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          YsosadisticGOP

          yep. i can't believe my tax dollars paid john poindexter again.

          i like the whitehouse petition project, and have signed a bunch of them. not because i think they'll actually lead to laws, but because i want to see the awkward acknowledgement of the petition by an official once the signiture threshold is reached.

          i think the occupiers may have the right idea, though. it may be time for the whole nation to stop this car and ask to see the map we're using.

          I, for one, don't want to live in a nation that boos soldiers, mocks the dying, turns its back on children, and does not hold its leaders accountable. it's not just that bush and cheney and their ilk did these things. it's that they did them as democratically elected leaders (of course, that's arguable i know).

          their actions were done in our name.

          that alone is reason to look backward, not forward. i'm not seeking just to prosecute bush/cheney, we as a nation need to have a straight-out discussion of why we don't torture, etc.

          there are people in our country who think we should waterboard, beat up gays, watch children starve, all to teach someone a lesson somehow.

          that's a conversation we need to have before we lose the soul of our country.

          The Texas Miracle is that, after years of Perry, we don't look like a Tent Revival Thunderdome preaching to the uninsured. Oh, wait...

          by papa monzano on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 06:07:48 AM PDT

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          •  Agreed, everything is at stake again, our leaders (1+ / 0-)
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            papa monzano

            have pardoned themselves again. We are being manipulated and so are the good people on the 'other' side. We have been told that the things we care about have to be negotiated; we have to tolerate compromise and live with halves. But that's a lie: we gain by inches but lose in yards.

            Our country has given its soul to these mobsters. Others have given their lives. A decade and more of violence and lies. The Presidency itself will be a license to murder unless we condemn Bush and Cheney.

            GOP::Get Out the Polygraphs

            by YsosadisticGOP on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 06:31:02 AM PDT

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  •  2641 signatures... (1+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano

    GOP::Get Out the Polygraphs

    by YsosadisticGOP on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 11:13:15 AM PDT

    •  the trick will be... (1+ / 0-)
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      the trick is that when the unnamed admin official has to address this petition with the usual platitudes (we look forward not blah blah blah) someone in the room has to say something about our government telling us to heal from the black eye and pretend that our previous federal spouse didn't smack us around.
      if we were as "forward-not-backward looking" with common criminals as we are with the people who lead our nation into the kinds of cruel and sadistic behavior as torture and an unfounded war, troy davis would still be alive.

      The Texas Miracle is that, after years of Perry, we don't look like a Tent Revival Thunderdome preaching to the uninsured. Oh, wait...

      by papa monzano on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 06:29:54 AM PDT

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  •  2715 signatures... n/t (0+ / 0-)

    GOP::Get Out the Pitchforks

    by YsosadisticGOP on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 09:04:15 AM PDT

  •  2776... (0+ / 0-)
  •  2938... (0+ / 0-)
  •  2969... (0+ / 0-)

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