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We should've impeached Bush and Cheney years ago. Just listen to their brassy parade of lies.

Bush claims he didn't know of Paul Bremer's plans to disband Saddam's army in 2003. He still tries to make the connection between Iraq and 9/11. He blames Iran for most of our failures. Acts as though the promise to fall back to pre-Surge levels is a Christmas present unrelated to the dismal reality that he's stretched our military to the breaking point. Pretends the war is progressing on an upward curve. Says Gen. Petraeus arrived at all his recommendations independently, even though a fool could see they're singing from the same Hymnal. But first, a fool has to look.

If the media, judicial and political establishments of this nation dance to tunes emanating from Petraeus' mouth—the mouth of a man who would be president--it proves we'll dance to any pied piper who comes along, sow any seed handed us as we dance, and reap dragon's teeth for generations.

Listen, the Law of Unintended Consequences will not be revoked. Above all, it's that folksy law our president breaks time and again on his way to undermining statutory law and settling Oedipal scores. What has blown my mind during the entire Bush presidency is how willing so many have been to pretend there are no unintended consequences of such poor judgment.

How could we not know that if we deposed Saddam and held "free elections" that angry Shiites would take over and have their revenge on minority Sunnis? That al-Qaida would move in and exploit the situation.

That if Shiites took over Baghdad they'd make common cause with Shia brethren in Iran?

How could we not have reported on the Downing Street memos that proved Bush cooked the books in drumming up this war?

Evidence that Bush's war machine effectively escorted bin Laden to the Pakistan border and let him get away when pinned down at Tora Bora?

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How could we meekly go along when Bush embraced Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which had everything to do with bin Laden, and visited Shock and Awe on Iraq, which had nothing to do with him? ABC reported last week that rich Saudis remain the biggest contributors to al-Qaida, whose leaders are holed up where? Inside our "ally," Pakistan.

How could we let Bush 43 gloss over the reality that Reagan and Bush handed Afghanistan to the Taliban and provided Saddam's Iraq with military technology? Was there no lesson there?

How could we ignore that it would take years to placate Iraq, rather than weeks promised by Paul Wolfowitz?

How could we have muzzled those who predicted this war would cost billions if not trillions, as we glibly reprinted the lie that the war would pay for itself?

How could we have refrained from asking the oil-men and women running foreign policy to tell us their thoughts about Iraqi oil?

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How could we have failed to ask Bush if he was fulfilling Biblical prophecy?

How could we have ignored the real truth of Valerie Plame, Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman? That they were all co-opted into the Big Lie against their wills?

That the UN testimony Colin Powell consistently and publicly regrets came from people we tortured or bribed? Why are al-Libi, Chalibi and Curveball not household names?

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Don Williams is a prize-winning columnist, short story writer, freelancer, and the founding editor and publisher of New Millennium Writings, an annual anthology of literary stories, essays and poems. His awards include a National Endowment for the (more...)

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