December 9, 2006

How About Some Accountability?

Like most Americans, my thoughts have been turning increasingly to Iraq. With the release of The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward - A New Approach (Vintage), there has been much speculation about how Bush will respond. The media's consensus appears to be that the report offers him a way out of Iraq if he wants it.

I would like to see the situation in Iraq resolved with as few casualties as possible on both sides. However, I remain frustrated that there is no sign that the Bush administration will be held accountable for deceiving the American people and launching a preemptive war to accomplish ideological goals rather than to suppress an actual threat. It isn't that nobody is calling for the administration to be held accountable (see United States v. George W. Bush et al.), but Congress does not seem particularly interested.

Admittedly, this is a difficult call. In the immediate aftermath of the Democratic wins in Congress, I remember having mixed feelings about the newly elected Democratic leaders saying that they had no intention of pursuing impeachment proceedings against Bush. I understood their reasoning - that the American people would quickly tire of partisan bickering and might regret having elected them in the first place. On the other hand, I remember feeling disappointed that Bush and his cronies would get away with misleading the country into war.

I now find myself leaning more toward wanting to see some accountability. I would like to see a bipartisan investigation of the Bush administration aimed at uncovering the manner in which intelligence information was manipulated for political gain. Was Bush merely a innocent pawn in a neoconservative plot to increase American power in the Middle East, or was he one of the key players driving this? I would not call for impeachment unless the facts support it, and I actually hope that they do not. However, I want to see the people who were probably behind this mistake (e.g., Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, etc.) held responsible if they were in fact responsible.

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