Text of Statement to the PDX City Council July 26, 2006
Requesting Passage of a Petition to Impeach Bush and Cheney
By Randal S. Davis (citizen of Portland)
Good morning, Mr. Mayor and City council. My name is Randy Davis and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to urge you and the Council to pass the resolution to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
I make a living with my hands. But this I know: If I come into this chamber, I have a duty to tell the truth. Honesty in the workplace is also required. George Bush was not honest with Congress and the American people when he made his case for war. Nor was he honest about his secret domestic spy program. It is an impeachable high crime to provide false information to Congress.
On March 18, 2003 Bush sent a letter to Congress stating his reason for Iraq war. It was, to take "actions against those nations, organizations, orpersons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001". But later that year in September, Bush admitted: "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th."
We now know (thanks to the Downing Steet Memo) that as the rest of us grieved on 9/11, Bush began to "fix the facts to suit the policy". The pre-war intelligence that led to the war wasn't "flawed." It was "fixed".
The trillion-dollar cost of the Bush Iraq adventure robs our city and other communities. As bridges are blown up and rebuilt in Bagdad, we struggle to repair infrastructure at home from Katrina. Federal funds have been shifted away from community policing and grant money for local crime prevention programs has been cut.
We now know that prior to 9/11, Bush and Cheney had already started their domestic spy program, a violation of the 4th Amendment.
Speaking of those who led us to war John Dean President Nixon's lawyer, recently stated: "Today's right wing cons are authoritarian fearmongers - leading us to facism."
We have now lost 2,566 American soldiers. As we read the bloody stories from Iraq, 'we see an entire nation dying, right in front of us. The blame for this carnage must be laid squarely at the feet of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The U.S. invasion of Iraq was ordered against the advice of the CIA, the State Department and most U.S. military officers—and in defiance of the United Nations. The United States attacked and destroyed a nation that had never attacked us, which had no weapons of mass destruction and which had no connection to al-Qaida.
[As has been said]: " Strong evidence now suggests that the Bush administration launched an illegal war, lied to Congress and spied on Americans without court approval."
Please pass the resolution to impeach Bush and Cheney so that it may happen.