Lest you, dear reader, think this headline is either wild hyperbole, or just plain crazy, read what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a CNN town meeting on December 5, several hours after she announced the House of Representatives would draft articles of impeachment against President Trump. She was asked why she had opposed impeaching President George W. Bush, when he lied that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, to justify launching the devastating war against that country. She admitted that, as Ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee, she had opposed the impeachment of President Bush, despite knowing that the justification for the Iraq War was fraudulent:
“...I knew there were no nuclear weapons in Iraq. It just wasn’t there....The intelligence did not show that that was the case. So, I knew it was a misrepresentation to the public. But having said that, it was, in my view, not a ground for impeachment."
Had this statement received the media coverage it deserves, an outraged public would be demanding to know how one who made such an admission could now be directing an impeachment drive against President Trump—which is really a regime change coup—when there has been no evidence presented that Trump committed an impeachable act, and especially when compared with the catastrophic results of the war launched in 2003 by Bush's lies, aided by Pelosi's passive acceptance of those lies. The U.S. invasion of Iraq resulted in more than one million Iraqi deaths—approximately 275,000 deaths from the war itself, with an equal number wounded, and more than one million civilian deaths from starvation and disease in the post-war period, due to the destruction of the country. There were also more than 8,000 American soldiers and contractors killed in this war, and continuing damage done to hundreds of thousands of American families, whose loved ones are now suffering PTSD or have committed suicide, which is occurring at the rate of 22 veterans per day. The Iraq war also contributed substantially to the advance of terrorism, with ISIS emerging from the ruins of Iraq, as well as the refugee crisis, with millions fleeing the war zone seeking some respite. Further, the war shattered the credibility of so-called western values, human rights, and democracy in the entire world. Additionally, the Iraq war, combined with the continuing war in Afghanistan, as part of the post-9/11 policy of endless wars, has cost more than $7 trillion dollars—a sum which therefore was not available for investment in the physical economy of the United States.
To dismiss this horrible waste and destruction as the result of a "misrepresentation" not worthy of impeachment ought to disqualify Pelosi from having anything to do with matters of national security!
In his 2016 campaign for President, Donald Trump called this war the biggest mistake in U.S. history. He pledged he would end the "endless wars", and would work to establish cooperative relationships with Russia and China. As President, he has been keeping this promise, despite the vicious attacks accusing him of being a puppet of Putin. These attacks, from Russiagate to Ukrainegate, are designed to prevent him from breaking with the unilateralist, imperial geopolitical strategy of his predecessors, Bush and Obama, which led to those wars. It is no surprise that those who launched the coup against him, from British intelligence networks in GCHQ and MI6, the Obama intelligence team, Congressional Democrats, and major media in the U.S. and the U.K., demand continuing the wars in the Middle East, and campaign for military escalation against Russia and China.
"ALL ROADS LEAD TO PUTIN"
Following show trial impeachment hearings the last three weeks, lead by Pelosi henchmen Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler, as chairman of the of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, two articles of impeachment have been drafted against Trump, and were passed, on a party line vote, by the Judiciary Committee. The first charges that Trump abused the power of his office by withholding funds allocated by Congress for Ukraine, to purchase lethal weapons, until an investigation is launched by the Zelensky government into charges of corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden—which states that this amounts to soliciting interference by Ukraine in the 2020 campaign, since Biden is running against Trump. The second charges Trump with obstruction of Congress, by withholding documents related to the case, and refusing to allow key administration personnel to be called before the Intelligence Committee for interrogation.
Republicans on the two Committees destroyed the case, pointing out that despite the claims that Trump abused his power, which began with a phony whistle blower complaint regarding a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, there is no evidence that Trump demanded a "quid pro quo" from Ukraine. Further, the aid was delivered, and no investigation was announced. Thus, they asked, where is the crime? It should also be noted that the Democrats disallowed any testimony regarding evidence which is emerging that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election against Trump, on behalf of Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
Yet, day after day, Democrats repeat the same talking points, insisting that "the evidence is conclusive." Prior to drafting the articles of impeachment, on December 7, Nadler tweeted that Trump "abused his power, betrayed our national security and corrupted our elections, all for personal gain." In a press statement on December 12, when she announced the full House will vote on articles of impeachment next week, Pelosi intoned, "The facts are clear—irrefutable."
Given the weakness of the case about Ukraine being pushed by Pelosi's team, it comes as no surprise that many of the Democrats are coming back to the charge that it is still really about Trump's election being orchestrated by Russian interference, circling back to the Mueller report. Pelosi herself emphasized this in her December 5 press conference, when she said, "This isn't about Ukraine. It's about Russia. Who benefited by our withholding of that military assistance? Russia!"
She continued: "Sometimes people say, 'Well I don't know about Ukraine.' Well, our adversary in this is Russia. All roads lead to Putin."
This has become a common refrain from Democrats. For example, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose Presidential campaign is going nowhere, ranted at a town hall meeting that those who defend Trump forget that special counsel Mueller's report confirmed that Russia interfered, and cited Russia "expert" Fiona Hill, who testified before the Intelligence Committee that anyone who brings up the "fictional narrative" that Ukraine interfered against Trump in 2016 is promoting "Russian propaganda." This was also brought up by Schiff, who in his final statement before his committee, in which he demanded impeachment, referred to the disproven charge of Russian meddling, saying that to not remove Trump is to say, "Why don't you let him cheat in just one more election? Why not let him have foreign help one more time?"
TRUMP'S PEACE OFFENSIVE
As this psychodrama has been unfolding in Washington, there have been two striking developments which the war party is attempting to push into the background. The first was the release on December 9 of the report of the Justice Department's Inspector General (IG), Michael Horowitz, on the fraud committed by the FBI in launching the "Get Trump" operation during the campaign in 2016. Horowitz pointed to 17 grievous errors committed by leading FBI officials in beginning the "spy" operation against the Trump campaign. The most significant finding reported by Horowitz is that the FBI used the dossier produced by "former" MI6 operative Christopher Steele in applying to the FISA Court for a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign; and did this knowing that the dossier was a total fabrication, full of lies, which had been paid for by the Clinton campaign, which the FBI used anyway, in their filing.
This, and much more, was brought forward by Republican Senators during testimony given by Horowitz in a committee hearing on December 11, though what was highlighted by the Democrats and their media allies was his conclusion that there was cause to investigate the Trump campaign. This attempted cover-up was strongly countered by Attorney General Barr—who is conducting a much more thorough investigation into the origin of Russiagate—who said the that the Horowitz report detailed "gross abuses...and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI...[which] leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith." He added that "our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press." Both he and his lead prosecutor, John Durham will soon be presenting the case against the coup plotters.
Despite efforts by the anti-Trump media to downplay the findings of the IG's report, it thoroughly discredits Jim Comey and his co-conspirators in the FBI, and makes a mockery of those, such as Adam Schiff, who continue to claim that the Steele Report is valid. Schiff's credibility as a prosecutor has been fatally damaged by this report, except for his deluded allies among Democrats, who are tenaciously pushing the intelligence community's fabricated story of Russian hacking and meddling.
While the Barr-Durham report is not expected until possibly next spring, the question that still remains to be answered is why was this operation against Trump launched in the first place. It is in looking at the second group of developments this last week that one can find the answer. Trump is continuing to move decisively against the unilateralists of the war party, pushing for a redefinition of U.S. national interests in the best tradition of the American republic. While those pushing impeachment continue to pursue provocative strategic policies which threaten the outbreak of more wars, including the possibility of super-power conflict between the U.S. and both Russia and China, Trump is conducting a peace offensive. This week, he met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, and spoke of the joint concern with pursuing a new arms accord, to eliminate the danger of nuclear war. Two days earlier, Russian President Putin and Ukraine's Zelensky opened a dialogue aimed at de-escalating the fighting underway in eastern Ukraine, a goal both president's share with Trump.
In fact, by investigating the role played by the Obama administration in instigating and supporting the coup in Ukraine in February 2014, and its spill-over into a Ukrainian role in the 2016 election, Trump is providing an opening to oust the neo-Nazi battalions in Ukraine's security forces which gave the muscle to the coup, and are engaged in continuing deadly, military provocations against the people of eastern Ukraine. That Biden was Obama's point man in Ukraine is obviously well known by Pelosi and her allies, who are using the assault against Trump to protect Biden and the British-linked imperial gang in the Obama intelligence community, which is responsible for Russiagate. Their pivot to Ukrainegate is the height of hypocrisy, as those diplomats and intel officials who testified before the Schiff committee, proclaiming their concern that Trump was undermining Ukraine's security, were directly involved in the economic and moral destruction of that nation.
One other initiative by Trump to end the wars of his predecessors was his Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan. Upon his return, he announced that he wants to cut further U.S. troop strength there, and renew negotiations with the Taliban to achieve a ceasefire—something which his opponents have been trying to stop, as they tried to intervene to prevent the successful coordinated actions to defeat terrorists in Syria—which again, involved cooperation between the U.S. and Russia.
Famed civil liberties attorney Alan Dershowitz stated that the coup against Trump, if the articles of impeachment pass in the House and a conviction is secured in the Senate, would turn the U.S. Constitutional Republic into a British parliamentary system, with the President becoming a mere figurehead, serving at the pleasure of the Senate, with the power to remove a President over style or policy disputes. The U.S. would then be formally controlled, as the British and European Parliaments are controlled, by a financial oligarchy centered in the central banks and the City of London, a modern imperial entity administered by academics, technocrats, and professional Mandarins, like all Empires in history, thus reversing the unique aspect of the U.S. as having a government "of, by, and for the people."
It is therefore not insignificant that Pelosi and her team of coup plotters were guided, from the start, by an intervention by the historical enemy of the U.S., the British monarchy, acting through U.S. intelligence networks allied with the British. Remember, Christopher Steele of the fabricated dossier, worked under MI6 head Sir Richard Deerlove, who operated behind the scenes to support Steele's subversive activities, in Ukraine at the time of the Maidan coup, and in launching Russiagate. This is the same Sir Richard who delivered another infamous fabricated dossier, which affirmed that Iraq possessed nuclear weapons, which was used to justify a war in a manner which Pelosi says did not merit impeachment.
Such dangerous hypocrisy must be fully exposed, so that the potential for peace which exists is not sabotaged by the lunatics issuing the marching orders to Pelosi and her gang.