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November 21, 2003

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amber

I've not always agreed with some of Max Cleland's actions, but you're right, he's an honest-to-god hero. I've never had a problem with his integrity... he's always (seemed to me, at least) the kind of guy who will say if he screwed up.

Maybe I'm just biased, since I voted for him.

mark

i admire this guy, but i think there's a general flaw in his thinking on the presidential daily briefings...

"We shouldn't be making deals," Cleland complains. "If somebody wants to deal, we issue subpoenas. That's the deal."

hmm. yes. admirable, but it is ludicrously unlikely that taking the administration head on on that subject would have resulted in gaining access to the president's copy of the washington post let alone any of the briefing documents.

in light of this regime's tactics thus far, there's no way the commission would've won a court battle over these documents. they'd get "executive privelidge" rammed up their nether-region faster than you can say "fabricated impetus for war".

Sarah

It is interesting to hear from one of his former constituents, Amber! I have to confess that I know little of his voting record, but yeah, I think he is being a great advocate in his post-Senate career. There is something to be said for someone who will admit mistakes.

nikki bearden

i know this has nothing major to do with this post, but i'm an idiot and couldn't find your direct email so here goes:
After learning that perle has admitted invading iraq was illegal and not one major media conglomerate reported it, i have decided to boycott them. I have all the emails for major media and i think we should all write letters and send them. i think having this info out in the open would help dean immensely. also, i am writing my senators with the news attached asking them to impeach bush because of these new developments. I have already sent the letter below to a few media-shows with "boycotting You!" in the subject box.

thanks, nikki bearden


Until you can be responsible journalists and report the things we need to know (such as below) I and my family will be boycotting you and telling all of our friends to do likewise. Have a great day, liars.

Sincerely,
Nikki Bearden
2115 University Circle
North Chicago, IL 60064

Well, if this doesn't take the cake, Richard Perle comes clean and admits that the Bush administration, himself included, stepped outside the bounds of International Law to unilaterally invade Iraq. I'll bet that you didn't hear about this on FOX or MSNBC. That's because Bill Clinton isn't involved!

Of course, sidestepping International Law came easy to a man that had already subverted his own nation's Constitution! So the question remains, should Bush be impeached before or after he goes on trial at the Hague?

Rob Smith

"We have a choice. We can fight and win a just war against terrorism . . . Or, we can win while running roughshod over the principles of fairness and due process that we claim to cherish, thus shaming ourselves in the eyes of the world and--eventually, when the smoke of fear and anger finally clears--in our own eyes as well."
--Bob Herbert, The New York Times, December 3, 2001

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=13849&mode=nested&order=0

International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.

In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: "I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing."

President George Bush has consistently argued that the war was legal either because of existing UN security council resolutions on Iraq - also the British government's publicly stated view - or as an act of self-defence permitted by international law.

But Mr Perle, a key member of the defence policy board, which advises the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said that "international law ... would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone", and this would have been morally unacceptable.

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