When I first heard that Vincent Bugliosi was coming out with a new book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, I was skeptical--to be sure, Shrub's actions are impeachable ten times over. Bugliosi argues that since Bush took us into Iraq under false pretense, the deaths of every American soldier in that conflict amount to murder. He also argues that even if he isn't prosecuted at the federal level, any state attorney general or district attorney in any state (including here in North Carolina) can indict him for the murders of any soldier from their jurisdiction. However, one piece of evidence Bugliosi outlined was enough to convince me that Bush's actions were more than just malfeasance in office. They amount to criminal conduct for which he should be punished after he leaves office.
As I mentioned on dKos, Bush indicated at a 2003 meeting that he was looking into ways to provoke a confrontation with Saddam--including painting U2s to look like UN aircraft. It's one thing to lie to the American people about war. But if Bush was planning to invade Iraq all along, then the invasion of Iraq is an illegal war of aggression--and the deaths of every American soldier in this conflict are murders for which he is responsible.
Bugliosi points out that while the preferable venue for a murder case against Bush is federal court, under the longarm statutes of most states he can be tried at the state level as well. In this case, it means that Roy Cooper can charge Bush for the murders of the hundreds of North Carolinians killed in Iraq, and any DA here in NC (but for political reasons, most likely in one of the bluer parts of the state) can charge Bush for the murders of any soldier who lives in their county or counties.
I know one thing--sometime in February, I'm writing Peter Gilchrist to demand that he look into prosecuting Bush for the murders of dozens of Charlotte-area soldiers. We all ought to write our DAs and demand that this at least be looked into.
Update: In response to concerns expressed by others, I wish to stress that any prosecution should take place after Bush leaves office, as a president cannot and should not face criminal prosecution while in office.