Monday, June 16, 2003

Iraq may be Bush's Watergate

Tom Brazaitis (Cleveland Plain Dealer): 06/15/03

On March 21, 1973, at a meeting in the Oval Office, John Dean warned President Richard M. Nixon, "We have a cancer close to the presidency that's growing."

Dean's warning went unheeded and Nixon's presidency was consumed in scandal. For his own role in the Watergate cover-up, Dean, Nixon's White House counsel, spent four months in prison. Three decades later, Dean says Americans are witnessing "the first poten tial scandal that could make Watergate pale by comparison."

Writing for the Internet publication FindLaw, Dean says President George W. Bush must answer for launching a war against Iraq on the basis of numerous unequivocal statements that Saddam Hussein harbored weapons of mass destruction when, in fact, no such weapons have been found.

"If Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war based on bogus information, he is cooked," Dean says. "Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence data, if proven, could be a high crime' under the Constitution's impeach ment clause. It would also be a violation of federal criminal law, including the broad federal anti-conspiracy statute, which renders it a felony to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any man ner or for any purpose.' "


Almost a review of John Dean's article but worth the read for the writer's own inferences and insights.



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