Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark said Thursday it was up to Congress to determine whether President Bush's march to war in Iraq amounted to a criminal offense.I think there should be a full congressional probe into the intelligence agencies and what they knew or didn't regarding Iraq. Effective intelligence is critical in fighting terrorism and it seems that our intelligence agencies are far from effective.
Asked if misleading the nation in going to war would be criminal, Clark told reporters, "I think that's a question Congress needs to ask. I think this Congress needs to investigate precisely" how the United States wound up in a war "that wasn't connected to the threat of al-Qaida."
The retired four-star general defended his recent comments against the war after both his Democratic rivals and top Republicans complained that the statements were inconsistent with past remarks by Clark, including testimony to Congress in October 2002.
Clark has called for a full congressional probe into why the United States went to war in Iraq, but his comments Thursday marked the first time he had hinted at possible criminal wrongdoing.
Asked by a reporter if he thought Bush might have committed an impeachable offense, Clark said, "Let's have that investigation done."
Clark renewed his criticism that Bush misled the nation on Iraq. "This was an elective war," he said. "He forced us to go to war."
However, Bush may not be the only politician who misleads and deceives:
The RNC also released a transcript of Clark's testimony in September 2002 to the House Armed Services Committee in which he called Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a clear threat and said military action could not be postponed indefinitely.I'm starting to come around to Jim's point of view. Throw 'em all in jail! Anarchy! Anarchy! Anarchy!