Skip to comments.Graham: 2004 Could Bring Bush's 'Impeachment'
Posted on 07/27/2003 10:35:22 AM PDT by kattracks
Presidential candidate Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., said Sunday that President Bush won't be impeached as long as Republicans control Congress, but added, "The good news is that in November of 2004 the American people will have a chance to both impeach and remove George W. Bush in one step."
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Graham reiterated his believe that the president had committed an impeachable offense by leading the U.S. into war under what he suggested were false pretenses, going so far as to accuse Bush of "dereliction of duty."
"Clearly, if the standard is what the House of Representatives did in the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the actions of this president are much more serious in terms of dereliction of duty for the president of the United States."
Graham insisted somewhat bizarrely that Bush's 16-word State of the Union address reference to Iraq seeking uranium from Niger was critical to the administration's case for making war on Iraq.
"It was central because the rationale of going to war was that the United States' people were under an imminent threat," he told Fox News.
When "FNS" host Brit Hume reminded the Florida Democrat that Bush had specifically warned that the U.S. couldn't afford to wait until the threat from Saddam was imminent, Graham retreated into semantics.
"This was described as not a preventive war, but a pre-emptive war," he explained. "The difference between preventive and pre-emptive is, how imminent is the threat. If this was a pre-emptive war, then the administration must have had some reason, or at least stated it had a reason, for that imminence. And the most significant threat was nuclear."
"We've known that they've had biological and chemical for a long time," Graham continued unconvincingly. "But the fact that they might be on the verge of having nuclear capabilities is what made it so imminent and therefore justified the pre-emptive war."
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It also applies to Hillary Clinton. If she does run for president at some point all her carefully staged events cannot continue. All her "interviews" where she gets the questions first won't be allowed. Instead of crisp and concise answers (vague ones mostly) we will get the real Hillary. "You know, you know, you know......."
He needs to retire.
Where are the bodies?
Report: Few 'mass graves' found thus far in Kosovo
By Jon E. Dougherty
© 1999 WorldNetDaily.com
October 20, 1999
An independent intelligence report issued by a U.S.-based firm says that ethnic Albanians "numbering only in the hundreds" have been found in mass graves after four months of investigation by, among others, the FBI.
The Stratfor report calls into question the validity of claims made by NATO and the Clinton administration as justification for launching an air war against Yugoslavia that ultimately led to renewed political tensions with Russia, and a bombed Chinese embassy.
"During its four-month war against Yugoslavia, NATO argued that Kosovo was a land wracked by mass murder," said the report. "Official estimates indicated that some 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed in a Serb rampage of ethnic cleansing."
"Yet four months into an international investigation bodies numbering only in the hundreds have been exhumed," the report said, with the FBI having found "fewer than 200."
"Piecing together the evidence, it appears that the number of civilian ethnic Albanians killed is far less than was claimed," said the report.
The report noted that "new evidence could invalidate this view," but so far nowhere near the number of Albanians reported killed by Serb troops has "materialized on the scale used to justify the war." The report concluded the new evidence "could have serious foreign policy and political implications for NATO and alliance governments."
The U.S. State Department did not return phone calls seeking comment on the report. But Dave Miller, a spokesman for European affairs at the FBI, told WorldNetDaily the investigation in Kosovo consisted only of "laboratory support for the International Criminal Tribunal (ICT)."
"They requested that we look at a finite number of locations, and within those locations there were 124 bodies -- 100 of which have been identified" so far, he said. "The FBI was not sent there to conduct mass grave exhumations or to locate and find the missing populace of Kosovo." He added that the FBI's role was to "prove the charges contained in the ICT indictment."
The Stratfor report admitted that "the tribunal's primary aim is not to find all the reported dead. Instead, its investigators are gathering evidence to prosecute war criminals for four offenses: Grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, violations of the laws of war, genocide, and crimes against humanity."
"The tribunal believes that it will, however, be able to produce an accurate death count in the future, although it will not say when," according to Stratfor. However, they noted, "A progress report may be released in late October, according to tribunal spokesman Paul Risley."
Controversy about the actual numbers of ethnic Albanians killed by Serbian troops began on Oct. 11, when the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Republic of Yugoslavia reported that the Trepca mines in Kosovo, where 700 murdered ethnic Albanians were reportedly hidden, contained no bodies. "Three days later," the report said, "the U.S. Defense Department released its review of the Kosovo conflict, saying that NATO's war was a reaction to the ethnic cleansing campaign by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic." The Defense Department report called Milosevic's campaign "a brutal means to end the crisis on his terms."
However, the tribunal's findings and the Defense Department's assertion served to raise even more concerns about the actual number of "cleansed" Albanians.
"Four months after the war and the introduction of forensic teams from many countries, precisely how many bodies of murdered ethnic Albanians have been found?" Stratfor questioned. "This is not an exercise in the macabre, but a reasonable question, given the explicit aims of NATO in the war, and the claims the alliance made on the magnitude of Serbian war crimes."
"Indeed, the central justification for war was that only intervention would prevent the slaughter of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population," Stratfor said, echoing policy statements issued by the Clinton administration and NATO.
On March 22, Stratfor reported, "British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the House of Commons, 'We must act to save thousands of innocent men, women and children from humanitarian catastrophe, from death, barbarism and ethnic cleansing by a brutal dictatorship.'" The following day, when the NATO-led air strikes began, President Clinton told reporters, "What we are trying to do is to limit his (Milosevic's) ability to win a military victory and engage in ethnic cleansing and slaughter innocent people and to do everything we can to induce him to take this peace agreement."
In March, State Department spokesman James Rubin told reporters that NATO "did not need to prove that the Serbs were carrying out a policy of genocide because it was clear that crimes against humanity were being committed," said the Stratfor report. In June immediately following the end of the war, Clinton "again invoked the term, saying, 'NATO stopped deliberate, systematic efforts at ethnic cleansing and genocide.'"
Since the war's end, Stratfor said, claims of Albanian dead have "swollen."
Before and during the conflict, though, Yugoslavia repeatedly denied that mass murder was occurring. Instead, Belgrade argued that the Kosovo Liberation Army falsified claims of mass murder in order to justify NATO intervention and the secession of Kosovo from Serbia. But "NATO rejected Belgrade's argument out of hand," said Stratfor.
"The question of the truth or falsehood of the claims of mass murder is much more than a matter of merely historical interest," concluded the report. "It cuts to the heart of the war -- and NATO's current peacekeeping mission in Kosovo."
"Certainly, there was a massive movement of Albanian refugees, but that alone was not the alliance's justification for war," said Stratfor.
In addition to questioning the number of ethnic Albanians allegedly killed by Serb forces, the report calls into dispute the methodology NATO and the U.S. used to determine that some 17,000 people who previously lived in Kosovo are still missing.
"There are undoubtedly many (Kosovar residents) missing," said the report, "but it is unclear whether these people are dead, in Serbian prisons -- official estimates vary widely -- or whether they have taken refuge in other countries."
So far tribunal investigators are a little more than a quarter of the way through investigating some 400 reported mass gravesites.
Jon E. Dougherty is a staff writer for WorldNetDaily.
Okay, so what does this mean? The Republicans will lose control of Congress in 2004, presumably because enough Republicans in the House will die--because they aren't going to go out any other way--most likely from criminal activity inspired or conducted by members of the opposing party. (If voted from office in 2004, they continue to occupy their seats until the opening days of 2005.) They could be expelled or otherwise vacate their seats (resign?), but I doubt they'll do this. As if that weren't enough, these distinguished members of Congress will be replaced by Democrats, almost certainly through voter fraud.
When Democrats become a majority in the House, they will take control, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will proceed to impeach Bush, almost certainly on a straight party-line vote. Getting DINOS on board could be problematic, however, and I doubt RINOS will go for it, so the murderous thugs will need to enforce party discipline.
That, however, only will impeach the President, not remove him. The Criminal Party could very shrewdly perhaps get 67 Senators to convict him on his impeachment trial, which would remove him, or compell his resignation. Even if Bush loses the 2004 election, he continues to serve as our President until noon on 20 January 2005. More likely, Graham is threatening the life of President Bush, and therefore needs to be held in preventative detention until the end of the Bush Presidency.
Secret Service need to work on this one. More than 10% of US Presidents have been shot (including Reagan, the only one to survive) in the line of duty. And with Tenskwatawa's curse, the odds are quite high that Bush may die. (I AM NOT CONDONING THE KILLING OF THE PRESIDENT.) But the last time a president was killed in action, he became a national hero and his party rode to victory in the subsequent election. And although Reagan didn't die, he did achieve a similarly sweeping electoral victory.
So Graham's for a President Cheney? It's fine by me (in 2009, if his health is up to it), but we're going to miss Bush.
The same thing was said before she ran for the senate. But it didn't happen.
The media seems to take the responsibility of hiding Hillary's warts!
Running for president is not the same as Senator. Hopefully, we won't get to see Hillary run.
Granted I'm not now nor ever likely to vote for Mr. Graham - but this latest barf of insanity is unreal. I know it is politics and I know that in order to be a Democratic Presidential Nominee, one has to feed the liberal faithful the red meat it requires. However, this departure from the anchor of the real world, gives rise to a question, has he always been this LOONEY?
I'm anticipating a "where are they now" news-story in a few years when Bob Graham looks back and wonders "What Happened?" Hint to Bob, look in the mirror!
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