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Posted December 18, 2006
'Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney' is a powerful, brilliantly written book. It is organized around the proposition that the problem we face is a systemic one and not merely that of Bush and Cheney themselves. What the twenty-two authors/experts offer in this exceptional collection isn¿t designed primarily as a legal argument (although the book is chock full of material suitable for such a purpose). Instead you get a very comprehensive analysis of the history and characteristics of the dangerous, irrational, extremist movement that Bush and Cheney represent. Along with the ¿high crimes and misdemeanors¿ that the authors document, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez, et al, have also committed war crimes ¿ especially by attacking a country that had not attacked and posed no threat to the U.S. and by carrying out torture as official policy. They are also guilty of perpetrating crimes against humanity ¿ including, among other things, their refusal to accept global warming as a grave and present danger to the planet. The book¿s thorough approach (the book runs 326 pages plus Preface) is consistent with the editors¿ stated purpose to expose the chief attributes of a momentous sea change in American politics and economics. This point is really critical and distinguishes Impeach the President from the other impeachment books. While the other books do a fine job of chronicling WHAT the Bush regime has been doing that is so egregious, Impeach the President also analyzes WHY they and their apologists have been doing this so that the American people can mobilize themselves in full knowledge of what we¿re really facing. Usually in edited collections the quality of the chapters is uneven. This collection stays strong and coherent throughout. The analysis is outstanding and goes deeper and significantly further than the other excellent books on impeachment, posing and answering questions that other books have failed to address. For example, co-editor Loo¿s chapter (#2) on the stolen elections not only exposes the overwhelming evidence of fraud in a definitive and compelling way, but he also does what all the other commentators on the corrupted elections haven¿t done: explain why the mainstream media and the Democratic Party have been unable and unwilling to challenge and expose these fraudulent results and why they have been so accommodating to the GOP¿s authoritarian moves. His chapter on torture (#5) also explains why Bush and Cheney are using torture even though the White House knows full well that torture doesn¿t work as an intelligence-gathering device, endangers American service personnel, creates new suicide bombers by the day, and has prevented exactly no terrorist incidents. After reading Bowley¿s chapter (#9) on surveillance, secrecy and the ¿unitary executive¿ you realize that these executive moves to monitor and control have deep roots and are truly massive. Unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail¿s (#3) eyewitness account from Iraq of war crimes committed is stunning. Co-editor Phillips¿ and his co-contributors¿ piece on the Global Dominance Group (#14) gives you a wealth of information on the inter-connections and incestuous relationships of the military-industrial-media complex and their imperial ambitions that date from long before 9/11. Indeed, their chapter summarizes key points about the failure of Bush/Cheney to act on a wealth of pre-9/11 intelligence that an attack was imminent. Well-known writers Howard Zinn (Introduction), Greg Palast, Mark Crispin Miller, Larry Everest, Nancy Snow and Richard Heinberg are also in the collection, as are experts who are not as well-known but who ought to be or will be. The index and the extremely extensive and highly useful endnotes also make this book suitable for college course adoptions, particularly in history, political science and sociology. This book if read widely has the potential for changing the discourse on impeachment nationally. The D
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Posted May 22, 2007
This book goes above and beyond what the media decides to tell us today in regards to our nation's leaders and political affairs! If you think you've heard it all for staying updated with the L.A Times, the news, etc., you have been given incomplete information, misinformed, or simply told nothing. This book doesn't hold back on the truth and you are guaranteed to be surprised. Hold on, for it is a ride that you won't expect!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2006
Impeach the President is an outstanding volume that makes the argument that there are ten grounds for impeaching George Bush. The essay on the impeachment process alone is worth the price of the book. The book is scholarly without being stodgy and written superbly. It has my highest recommendation especially in light of the president's intent to ignore the repudiation of his policies that formed the basis for deafeats of virtually all Republicans in the November 2006 elections. This book should be required reading in college courses in American government and in American Foreign Policy. My compliments to the authors and editors of Impeach the President for producing a remarkable book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.