It’s insane to think that it was nearly 12 years ago when President Jar Jar Binks and Vice President Palpatine colluded to pursue a petty vendetta and commerce war with the unjust invasion of Iraq. It’s even harder to fathom that these two have not been held accountable for their obvious war crimes.
Even more improbable is the fact that Cheney, a man who has had five heart attacks (I mean “heart deferments”), is still alive and regaling us with his sunny disposition.
Nevertheless, their former anti-terror czar, Richard Clarke, openly called them “war criminals” in a very candid interview with Democracy Now.
Richard Clarke, unlike nearly every evil reptile who served in the Bush Admin., was as prescient as he was accountable. In his book “Against All Enemies,” Clarke wonderfully detailed every nook of our decades-old failed foreign policy in the middle east and how we essentially created Bin Laden and then walked away. Further, essentially expecting these foreign mujahideen to somehow be cool with us for years to come. What made Clarke even more unique–and intriguing–is how he assumed some of the blame for the tragic events of 9/11, stating at the 9/11 Commission hearings, ” Your government failed you.”
Clarke recently brought his refreshing candor and deep knowledge of foreign affairs to Democracy Now exclusive, which is set to air Tuesday. During his interview with Amy Goodman, Richard Clarke was unabashed in his criticism of Bush and Cheney’s abortive 2003 invasion of Iraq, something of which that encouraged Clarke to resign from his post in the Bush Admin.
Amy Goodman: Do you think President Bush should be brought up on war crimes [charges], and Vice President Cheney and [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld, for the attack on Iraq?
Richard Clarke: I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration. It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did — in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes.
Watch the video below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pntDF0QK9Ys?rel=0]
Some may question the timing of Clarke’s criticism and his motivations. However, given his rather unimpeachable record of candor in a town that gave us freaking House of Cards, Clarke is an important voice of dissent, and one we should listen to.
H/T: Democracy Now