United Response to George W. Bush Memoir


With the publication of George Bush’s book, Decision Points, we, the undersigned, set the record straight. Instead of being rewarded with a lucrative book contract and treated by the media as a distinguished statesman, Bush should be indicted and prosecuted for the crime of aggressive war, the supreme crime against peace in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan; devastation of the civilian population and civil society; the institutionalization of torture and denial of due process to detainees; massive illegal spying against people in the U.S.; and perjury before Congress and the people. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been sent to an early grave because of Bush. Thousands of people have endured the most gruesome torture and abuse because of Bush. Tens of thousands of US service members have either died or suffered horrendous physical and mental injuries because of Bush. Trillions of dollars have been spent in the commission of criminal acts, abroad and at home.

It is the responsibility of the people of the United States to demand the investigation, indictment and prosecution of crimes committed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other high officials.

It is up to each and every one of us to act. Unless high officials are held accountable for criminal acts, it sends a clear message to future administrations – including the current one — that they are not required to uphold the basic tenets of human rights and international law. Today, in fact, we see that many of Bush’s illegal actions have become codified as a new norm.

George W. Bush is recognized by the people of the world as a criminal. We, inside the United States, understand that too and thus we must demand that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration uphold the law and appoint a Special Prosecutor for the prosecution of Bush and his principal accomplices. We also encourage individuals to take creative measures to stop Bush’s rewriting of history: speak out at his appearances, go to bookstores and move his book to the Crime Section, and challenge the media to cover our message.  War criminals may write books, but we—the people—must speak the truth.

Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink

Elaine Brower, military mother, World Can’t Wait

Mike Ferner, President, Veterans for Peace

Susan Harman, Code Pink & Progressive Democrats of America

Nancy Mancias, Code Pink

Ray McGovern, Veterans for Peace

Stephanie Rugoff, War Criminals Watch

David Swanson, War is a Crime

Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait

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  1. #1 by Theresa Viselli on November 8, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    We cannot ignore the war crimes and illegal and immoral invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bush Regime will be known as the Blood Regime.

  2. #2 by nancy matthews on November 10, 2010 - 11:59 am

    In a civilized world we have rules and laws…not holding those responsible for torture takes us back to the middle ages.

  3. #3 by C E Krause on November 10, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Bush et al must be tried for and convicted of their myriad crimes; they must then serve myriad consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole in a federal penitentiary, where hard labor is de rigueur and common inmates are all dangerous felons. Restitution must consist of forgoing all publicly-funded retirement benefits (incl govt pensions), as well as all profits from personal efforts (incl Bush’s book) – which must instead be paid directly to their Iraqi and Afghan victims.

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