he Bush administration’s greatest success is
its ability to escape accountability for its numerous
The administration’s offenses against US law,
the US Constitution, civil liberties, human rights, and the
Geneva Conventions, its lies to Congress and the American
people, its vote-rigging scandals, its sweetheart no-bid
contracts to favored firms, its political firing of Republican
US Attorneys, its practice of kidnapping and torturing people in
foreign hellholes, and its persecution of whistle blowers are
altogether so vast that it is a major undertaking just to list
Bush admits that he violated the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act and spied on US citizens without
warrants, a felony under the Act. Bush has shown total
disrespect for civil liberty and the Constitution and has
suffered rebukes from the Supreme Count. The evidence is
overwhelming that the Bush administration manufactured false
"intelligence" to justify military aggression against Iraq.
The Halliburton contract scandals are notorious, as is the use
of electronic voting machines programmed to miscount the actual
The chief-of-staff to Vice President Cheney
has been convicted for obstructing justice in the outing of a
covert CIA officer. Proof of torture is overwhelming, and the
Bush administration has even had the temerity to have permissive
legislation passed after the fact that permits it to continue to
torture "detainees." The
Sibel Edmonds and
other whistle blower cases are well known. The Senate Judiciary
Committee has just issued subpoenas to Justice (sic) Dept.
officials involved in the scandalous removal of US Attorneys who
refused to be politicized.
the Democrats have taken impeachment "off the table."
Many Democrats and Republicans and a great many Christians can
contemplate illegal military aggression against Iran, but not
the impeachment of the greatest criminal administration in US
history. Far from being scandalized by what the entire world
views as an unjust invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US,
leading Democratic and Republican candidates for the 2008
presidential nomination rushed to inform the Israel Lobby, AIPAC,
that they, if elected, will keep US troops in Iraq.
The previous occupant of the White House
could not escape being impeached by the House of Representatives
for lying about a consensual Oval Office sexual affair.
President Nixon and his vice president, a saintly pair compared
to Bush-Cheney, were both driven from office for offenses that
are inconsequential by comparison. Liberals branded
the "Teflon President," but the
neoconservatives’ Iran-Contra scandal was a mere dress
rehearsal for their machinations in the Bush regime.
What explains Bush-Cheney invulnerability to
Perhaps the answer is that Bush has
desensitized us. Like kids desensitized to violence by violent
video games and movies and pornography addicts desensitized to
sex, we have become desensitized by the avalanche of Bush-Cheney
crimes, lies, and disdain for Congress, courts, and public
Our elected representatives, if not the
American people, now regard as normal such heinous actions as
war crimes, the rape of the Constitution, self-serving use of
government office, and the constant stream of lies and
propaganda from the highest offices of the executive branch.
Perhaps that is what disillusioned
foreigners, who once looked with hope to America, mean when they
say that America does not exist anymore.
If the notion has departed that the highest
political offices in the land are supposed to be occupied by
people who are honest and faithful to their oath to the
Constitution, then we are far advanced on the road to tyranny.
In future history books, will Bush-Cheney
mark the transition of the United States from constitutional
rule to the unaccountable rule of the unitary executive who
cancels out Congress with signing statements and silences
critics with the police state means that are now part of the US
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Paul Craig Roberts
was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
Administration. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in
and the Soviet Economy and
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of
here for Peter Brimelow’s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.