Bush Committed War Crimes Says Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke

Published on May 28, 2014 by democracynow

http://www.democracynow.org – In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Richard Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during President Bush’s first year in office. He resigned in 2003 following the Iraq invasion and later made headlines by accusing Bush officials of ignoring pre-9/11 warnings about an imminent attack by al-Qaeda. On Tuesday, Clarke spoke to Democracy Now! in an interview that will air next week.

Amy Goodman: “Do you think President Bush should be brought up on war crimes [charges], and Vice President Cheney and [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld, for the attack on Iraq?”

Richard Clarke: “I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration. It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did — in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes.”

One thought on “Bush Committed War Crimes Says Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke

  1. Here’s an idea…put Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield in GITMO, and turn over the keys to the place to all those “terrorists” who have been stuck in that hell hole for a decade or more without charges or trial…and let them decide what the punishment should be for those criminal bastards. That would be something I would turn my TV back on for the first time in years to watch. Imagine the amount of viewers that would tune in for that “payback”! I bet all 3 of those traitors would be confessing to all kinds of stuff once the enhanced interrogations started on them. Only difference would be their confessions regarding 9/11 would all be TRUE and not just confessions to get the torture to stop.

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