Wesley Clark Calls for Criminal Investigation of Bush Iraq policy
Presidential hopeful Gen. Wesley Clark said Friday he believes the Bush administration should be investigated for possible criminal wrongdoing in the case it made to the American people that Iraq was an immediate threat, according to the Telegraph. He said an independent counsel should look into the possible manipulation of intelligence. The pre-released text of his speech said, “Nothing could be a more serious violation of public trust than consciously to make a case for war based on false claims. We need to know if we were intentionally deceived. This administration is trying to do something that ought to be politically impossible to do in a democracy, and that is to govern against the will of the majority. That requires twisted facts, silence, secrecy and very poor lighting.”
Clark said in his memoirs that he was told by a military officer in fall of 2001 that the Bush administration intended to go to war against Iraq and that this was part of a 5-year plan to attack 7 countries. “This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan. So, I thought, this is what they mean when they talk about ‘draining the swamp.”
Opinion polls show that most Americans already believe that an Indpendent Counsel should be appointed to investigate the White House’s leak that the wife of Ambassador Joe Wilson is a CIA undercover operative, which damaged US national security. Perhaps Clark is right that the mandate of the Special Prosecutor should be widened to warmongering fraud.