FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
A new book says President Bush committed an impeachable offense, ordering the CIA to forge a letter to bolster his case for war in Iraq.
These explosive charges are contained in a new book, "The Way of the World" by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind. He says he spoke on the record with U.S. intelligence officials who said that President Bush was informed in January 2003 that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. The president's response to this information was reportedly "F- it. We're going in." Three months later, the U.S. invaded Iraq using a forged document as its rationale, according to Suskind.
He writes that the White House called on the CIA to concoct the forged letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. It was backdated to before 9/11 and indicated that one of the hijackers, Mohammed Atta, had trained for his mission in Iraq, according to Suskind. The phony letter, he writes, was designed to prove a non existent link between Hussein and al Qaeda.
Meanwhile, that head of Iraqi intelligence, who told British intelligence sources that Iraq had no active nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and no WMD was "resettled" in Jordan with the CIA's help and paid $5 million in hush money, Suskind writes.
Suskind calls Mr. Bush's actions "one of the greatest lies in modern American political history" and suggests they constitute a crime worse than Watergate.
The White House is pushing back hard, calling Suskind's claims "absurd" and describing his work as "gutter journalism" including "wild allegations that no one can verify." Former CIA director George Tenet ridicules the credibility of Suskind's sources and calls the White House directive to forge a letter "a complete fabrication."
Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if the White House ordered the CIA to forge a letter in order to bolster its case for war in Iraq?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Tom from Boston writes:
It means we should be ashamed as Americans. Bill Clinton was impeached for not being honest about his sexual indiscretion. George W. Bush misled Congress and the public about Iraq, condoned the torture of prisoners, authorized illegal electronic surveillance, and refused to comply with subpoenas to name a few. And yet he will walk away scot-free. It's times like this that make me want to move to New Zealand!
Call a special session of Congress to investigate these charges now! To hell with the Olympics, this is the drama America really wants to see! If these charges prove to be true we should show the world how we are willing to impeach a sitting, lame duck president, and correct our mistakes in public!
Rob from Winnipeg writes:
To put it simply: the Bush administration made you all out for fools. Then proved themselves right. How you ever re-elected this bum is beyond me. Good luck.
If true, then Bush, Cheney etc. deserve to be clapped in irons, held for trial and executed for treason.
Joanne from Blaine, Maine writes:
So why am I not surprised? George Bush is not only the worst president in the history of this country, he's also the biggest criminal. And he's gotten away with it all! What is wrong with this Congress? He should have been impeached and criminally charged years ago!
Ah, to be the torch-bearer in this crusade! It is time to investigate every minute indiscretion of the Bush administration. Suskind is a well-respected journalist who finally reveals what could be the truth about our invasion of Iraq. If Bush is innocent of forgery, there ought to be no problem with a thorough investigation. Let the games begin.
Tom from Denver writes:
Suskind and Woodward and Clarke and McClellan? How many more books does the American public need before it realizes that this administration has done something terribly wrong?