Washington Post Notices Poll Favoring Impeachment of Bush

The Zogby Poll that found that 42 percent of Americans would approve of impeaching President Bush if he lied about the reasons for going to war finally found its way into the Washington Post. What’s next, the New York Times? (I know, silly me!)

Was Bush motivated more by personal animosity toward Saddam Hussein than by a post-Sept. 11 desire to protect America from a grave threat? Did he exaggerate that threat? At what point was war inevitable?

More than four in 10 Americans, according to a recent Zogby poll, say that if President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment…

The poll results certainly illustrate the intense polarization of the American electorate — not exactly news. But they also suggest an appetite for more investigation into Bush’s reasons for war and specifically — in light of the assertions in the Downing Street memos — whether his public rationales were in fact at all like his private rationales.

One topic for further inquiry, for instance, could be whether in private conversations Bush expressed the same kind of reticence about war that he advertised publicly. Some evidence — stories like this one in Time, which quotes Bush saying in March 2002: ‘[Expletive] Saddam. we’re taking him out.’ — suggests otherwise.

More people are waking up to the fact that we went to war on one man’s whim. The politics of this rising awareness will be uncontrollable by Rovian spin.


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