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So Many Reasons Why the World Can't Wait

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As of January 26, 2006, there are more than 250,000 reasons why George W. Bush and Richard Cheney should be impeached. That number likely will have increased by the time I place the last period at the end of this article.

One of the those reasons is agonizingly real to my family the death of Chase Johnson Comley, killed in Iraq on August 6, 2005, number 1,828, 1,829, or 1,830 (we don't know for sure because so many died that week) of the 2,238 American dead and counted as I write this article. Casey Sheehan is Cindy Sheehan's personal reason. Thomas J. Sweet II is Elizabeth Sweet's personal reason. Daniel Torres is Sergio Torres, Beatriz Saldivar, and Christina Torres's personal reason. Jeremy Smith is Amy and Maxx Branham's personal reason. Eric Halvorsen is Dot Halvorsen's personal reason. All of these people with eviscerating, personal reasons are members of Gold Star Families for Peace. These reasons should be personal to all Americans.

For every death, there is an agonizingly eviscerating, personal reason for the impeachment of the WAR CRIMINALS, Bush and Cheney.

Among those 250,000 reasons is a list of wounded soldiers, 16,420 as of this minute, although one website estimated 48,000 which means that I should increase the total number of reasons why Bush and Cheney should be impeached. This figure, too, will likely change before I place the last period at the end of this article.

Also among those 250,000 reasons is the number of Iraqi dead which according to General Tommy Franks, we don't count. But somebody does. Their families grieve for the decisions made by our administration just as my family grieves. The British Medical Journal says at least 100,000 Iraqis have been killed.

And, included in those 250,000 reasons are all the wounded Iraqis, many of them children. Again, that list likely will change before I place the last period at the end of this article. I have no figure to record here. Probably, someone does.

Another of those 250,000 reasons is the number of journalists and their translators killed while covering this illegal occupation, a figure higher than in any other war.

Let's factor in the 2,000 plus troop deaths since Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln, announcing under a Mission Accomplished banner an "end to major combat." Yes, I know it is included in the total of 2,238, which likely will change by the time I place the last period at the end of this article. I add it to the already counted number of reasons for impeachment simply because George W. made a mockery of the bravery of our soldiers with his reprehensible photo-op on that day in May of 2003. And who can forget the blustery "bring 'em on" challenge two months later?

Wait, let's consider the 130,000 troops serving in Iraq today in harm's way and combine that number with the 250,000 reasons to impeach George Bush and Richard Cheney. Suddenly, we're up to 380,000. Do we have enough reasons yet? The world can't wait any longer even though by the time I place the last period at the end of this article, there likely, tragically, will be so many more.
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Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a (more...)
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