St. Louis – A national veterans’ organization today called for the removal of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

In a letter sent to each member of the U.S. House and Senate, Veterans For Peace (VFP) stated that “...This administration’s war on Iraq, in addition to being increasingly unpopular among Americans, is an unmistakable violation of our Constitution and federal law which you have sworn to uphold.  In our system, the remedy for such high crimes is clear: this administration must be impeached.” 

  To read the letter to Congress, and the U.S. and international laws the administration has violated, please follow this link:  

David Cline, a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran and VFP President, said, "We do not make this call lightly and as former members of the U.S. armed forces, we take our responsibilities as citizens very seriously.  For that reason we believe that when our government conducts a war of aggression on Iraq and commits a growing and appalling series of what must legally be considered war crimes and crimes against humanity in the execution of that war, it violates Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the War Crimes Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. § 2441), and numerous international treaties which are legally binding on our nation."  

Cline added that, "We are not the first group to call for impeachment. We have decided to add our voice to the call. All the reasons given for the invasion have shown themselves to be half-truths or misleading. The conflict continues to drag on taking the lives of our soldiers and innocent Iraqis.  It is clear that George Bush does not intend to change course in an effort to right this great wrong. He has had enough time in his second term to begin a shift and he has not. It is time to remove him from office."  

Veterans For Peace is seeking individual and organizational supporters to work jointly on the effort to impeach the resident.  

Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985, with 118 chapters across the country.  Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.