Let’s Try the War Criminals

As a kid I learned that when your parents have you dead to rights … lie, lie, lie, and never stop lying. Now I was maybe eleven but there is a political party today that uses the same tactics.

SadamThe Republicans—especially those running for the nomination to be our next president—have been mumbling, stumbling, and bumbling in an effort to seem presidential and still support the party that brought us the death and destruction that was the Iraq War, the ruin of the American middle class, and what is possibly the biggest theft in our history in collusion with Wall Street and the banksters.

It is difficult to hear the blatant mendacity involved in the Republican revisions to the history of the Iraq war.

I contend that the only way to uncover the truth of this shameful episode in the history of this country is to charge the main instigators of the war—the people who supported the Bush Doctrine—and let the courts decide whether it was all just an embarrassing mistake based on faulty intelligence or whether in fact people such as Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, Feith, and Krystal, are  war criminals (and war profiteers) that should be behind bars.

I’m musing that Jeb Bush might find it ironic to learn that his bumbling reopened the case and might put his brother into prison after all.

A Note From Angela Davis

RacismIt can be confidently argued that the Bush presidency was enabled precisely by the relegation of a large, majority black population of “free” individuals to the status of civil death. George W. Bush “won” the Florida elections in 2000 by a tiny margin of 537 votes. As Congressman John Conyers has pointed out, the fact that 600,000 ex-felons were denied participation in the elections in the state of Florida alone “may have literally changed the history of this nation.” We might thus argue that the deep structural life of racism in the U.S. prison system gave us the president who articulated the collective fears linked to a psychic historical reservoir of racism in order to wage wars on the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq under the guise of combating terror.

From Chapter 10 of The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Y. Davis.