Crooks and Liars has video of Keith Olbermann’s special comment on the Levin revelation on waterboarding and the conspiracy to silence his findings. I wouldn’t go as far as Olbermann did to suggest that the Bush administration tortures people for the cynical purpose of inventing fictional terror plots. However, I will concur with his conclusion that torturing people causes a perpetuation of the torture bureaucracy for the very reasons Olbermann lays out. There is no doubt the President has exploited those fears to achieve his own ends. Proving motive is hard, in addition to being irrelevant. What is clear is that this President needs to be impeached, he is unfit to run this country. However, I agree with Kuchinich that Cheney needs to go first.
This President didn’t have to be a war President. He chose to be a war President. Not only have we had to endure this nightmare presidency for almost 7 years now, but I do believe we are on the stage of what could be World War 3. Bush professes to want to prevent it. I think what he is planning to do will cause it. Pakistan is in turmoil. There are tensions between Turkey and the Kurd region of Iraq. Much of this is blowback from the U.S. interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. That is not to say that the United States is totally to blame, but we’ve potentially opened up a can of worms. An intervention in Iran could have much larger consequences. This has the potential to get completely out of hand.
Nevertheless, this President has consistently abused his power in ways the American public was not aware of in the 2004 elections. An election he narrowly won. But, given this new evidence, Congress needs to stand up. This could be the longest year, and there is still the potential to go from bad to worse. If there is a way to do it, I’m sure Bush will find it.