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'Seattle P-I': Stop Bush, Cheney from Profiting off Iraq War

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'Seattle P-I': Stop Bush, Cheney from Profiting off Iraq War

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President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should pledge not to accept any profits from the war in Iraq when they leave office, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said in an editorial Sunday.

"In doing so, they would set a new, higher standard of White House ethics that might foster more rational public discourse on issues of war and peace," the editorial said.

The P-I piece took its inspiration from Michael Masley, the perpetually e-mailing anti-war activist who calls himself the "U.S. Artist General." Masley has campaigned to force Bush to promise not to profit from military actions he authorized.

"But this left-wing, left-coast idea actually reaches into the heartland and history of the country," the P-I wrote. "Americans have always had a healthy skepticism about unholy influence by money and power on military and foreign policy decisions. Indeed, great presidents have voiced the same concerns when they have warned about foreign entanglements (Washington), war profiteers (FDR) or the sway of the military-industrial complex (Eisenhower). …

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