On June 10, Ohio's Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush on the floor of the US House of Representatives.
Kucinich claims that the president deceived the nation and violated his oath of office in launching the Iraq War. Kucinich, a prominent critic of the war, had himself been a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
No one should be entirely surprised at this radical challenge, for Kucinich is a famous gadfly, having long alleged that Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney lied to Congress and to theAmerican citizens about the reasons for invading Iraq in 2003. However, impeachment is a strong measure and the Congressman has little prospect of succeeding, though he is listing several illegal acts by Bush, including war crimes.
Remarkably, the mainstream press in the United States has been ignoring or greatly downplaying Kucinich's act by burying the story on their back pages.
The Democrats avoided the issue two years ago, when they took control of the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi -- who, even before her appointment, stated that she would not move to impeach -- became the first woman Speaker of the House.
Nevertheless, evidence is not lacking. For example, in a new book the former White House spokesman Scott McClellan revealed that the Bush administration systematically deceived the American public into accepting an illegal invasion of Iraq. Still, some other critics of theBush administration (notably Rep. John Conyers) are not supporting Kucinich's measure.
Source: Junious Ricardo Stanton, Belfast Telegraph.