Vietnam veteran Mike Hastie, former vice president of Portland's Veterans for Peace organization and VfP activist, urged the Portland City Council to pass an impeachment resolution at the public portion of Wednesday morning's council meeting. The national VfP organization has twice (2003, 2005) voted to impeach Bush and Cheney, et al., , most recently for violations of the military portions of the Sixth Amendment. |
Hastie's testimony cited the consequences of the Iraq war from parallels to the Vietnam war. The VfP's national position is that the Iraq war is illegal. In the allotted three minutes, he used experiences as a medic in Vietnam and statements by Iraq returnees to support his statements about the negative impact on the military in both conflicts in terms of tactical, physical, and mental results.