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Bush and Cheney are gearing up for a new war, and opponents in Congress are writing him an angry letter. Wow!

By Dave Lindorff

Even as one faction of the American government, the military and the corporatocracy grow collectively more alarmed about the possibility of a US attack on Iran, the Bush/Cheney administration and its allies seem increasingly moving towards just such a new war.

Okay, so Sen. James Webb (D-VA) and 29 other US Senators who oppose such a mad plan have done what? They've written a letter to the president telling him that he cannot attack Iran without express approval in advance from the Congress.

A letter! Boy, that'll stop him.

What's the matter with these people?

A few months back, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution authored by war cheerleader Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to be a "global terrorist organization." In President Bush's pathologically twisted view of his power, that resolution gave him all the go-ahead he needed, because Bush and his legal apologists claim that back on Sept. 18, 2001, Congress, in passing an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, were actually declaring a War on Terror--a conflict without end and without borders. Under this crazy logic, any attack on a terrorist or terrorist organization is simply another battle in that "war."

If Sen. Webb and his colleagues really want to stop the president from further murderous madness, they need only revoke that 2001 AUMF. A simple resolution declaring it ended, and stating that the war on terror is not a war would do the trick.

Why hasn't the Congress done this?

Are they afraid the president will call them "soft on terror"?

No doubt he would, but I think most Americans have grown weary of Bush's name calling. People are pretty aware now that the raised and lowered colored alert flags, the periodic dire warnings of impending doom, all conveniently timed to coincide with moments when the president or his allies are facing legal or political difficulties, are just cheap scare politics.

Any member of Congress with a scintilla of courage could easily make that case to constituents.

People know this president is a whack job and that the vice president is a liar.

So why doesn't someone propose revoking the 2001 AUMF?

The aircraft carriers, loaded with Tomahawk missiles and the largest bomber fleet ever assembled, are in place. Stealth bombers are being retrofitted to carry a new 15-ton bomb. The army has built a base right near the Iranian border in Iraq. There was the bizarre case of the six missing nuclear missiles. The verbal threats against Iran are increasing. US special forces are reportedly already operating in Iran, encouraging and perhaps participating in acts of terror against the regime and its military forces there.

Oil prices are starting to rise to unseen levels as commodities traders bet on the impact of a closing of the Persian Gulf to oil traffic.

Time grows short to stop a catastrophe.

If Congress doesn't act soon to pull the legal rug out from under the president, we could well see a catastrophe. If the US does attack Iran, the global economy will go into a tailspin as oil soars past $200/barrel. The war in the Middle East would become a vast regional conflagration. US troops in Iraq, already thinly stretched, would come under attack from all sides. A draft would certainly be required.

And if the Iranians respond to a US attack with asymetrical warfare by attacking targets in the US, we could see military rule at home.

This is no time for members of Congress to write letters to the president. It's time for them to revoke the 2001 AUMF and to tell the president that an attack on Iran would be an impeachable offense.

In fact, why wait? It's time for them to impeach him now! This is just his latest crime in the making. And even threatening a war of aggression against a nation that doesn't pose an immediate threat is a violation of the UN Charter, a treaty that the US signed years ago and is bound by.
DAVE LINDORFF is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist. His latest book, co-authored by Barbara Olshansky, is "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin’s Press, 2006 and now available in paperback). His work is available at

Originally posted to dlindorff on Fri Nov 02, 2007 at 06:07 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Miscreants, look out! It's REGISTERED MAIL! nt (0+ / 0-)

    Read Obama's 2002 speech against invading Iraq.

    by Inland on Fri Nov 02, 2007 at 06:15:12 AM PDT

  •  Actual letter condemns only "offensive" action (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dss, CA Libertarian

    not the defensive action that Kyl Lieberman set the table for by reciting that Iran is attacking US troops and the Iraqi state in Iraq.

    Even a worthless letter has a huge loophole in it.

    Please, congress, put letter on coarse paper so it at least hurts Bush when he wipes his ass with it.

    Read Obama's 2002 speech against invading Iraq.

    by Inland on Fri Nov 02, 2007 at 06:17:21 AM PDT

  •  Does the WH aide shout "INCOMING!" (0+ / 0-)

    When the mail delivery comes?


    WE GET THE GOVERNMENT WE DESERVE... and, boy, we’ve really been getting it for the last 6-1/2 years! Truth, values, competence and results no longer matter in America.

    THE PROBLEM: this President is not a rational thinker – his mind accepts information from only two sources: faith and experience. Because Bush is not rational (strictly empirical and subjective), objective facts and evidence such as the recent National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) that found the Iraq war has created more jihadists and terrorists and made America less safe are meaningless to this anachronistic man of several millennia ago. The reality of Iraq is what he thinks it is from the beautiful White House, and so our country and our precious soldiers are in for much more of this endless strategic disaster.

    GOOD NEWS though... God is speaking directly to George Bush (again) and telling him to go to war with Iran. This new war should go as well as the Iraq war (our President’s last guidance from "a higher authority, another Father" than Bush41) and further help over one billion Muslims in their decision to fight America in a mutual holy war. The Crusades of long ago are living history in the Middle East, and Muslims are already primed for another war with Christian invaders. Our "bring it on" cowboy President is only rekindling and fueling this centuries-old fire.

    Of course, TALKING WITH ADVERSARIES (INSTEAD OF WAR) REQUIRES RATIONAL THOUGHT... thus with Bush, American diplomacy is an oxymoron. It will never happen! Only efforts at sanctions. Real diplomacy involves talking with your adversary one-on-one without preconditions, and there’s a lot to discuss with Iran: the CIA in the 1950s, the Shah, the 1979 hostage crisis, sponsorship of terror, Israel and justice in the Middle East, and nuclear issues. But if past is prelude, Bush’s diplomacy with Iran will be perfunctory and rigged – our mentally unbalanced, messianic President needs to provoke a war, AND HE WILL FIND A WAY!

    WITHOUT RATIONAL THINKING, bumping into reality is always a shock! FUTURE SHOCK... roiled Pakistan is just one assassin’s bullet away from going under. When the President finally increases the level of hatred against the United States to where it engulfs Pakistan, then we face nuclear terror, and Biblical Armageddon becomes real and a self-fulfilling prophecy. Oh, the joy, the Rapture!

    •  He's rational. (0+ / 0-)

      Even competent and intelligent.  Impressions to the contrary come from the assumption that he is trying to serve the best interests of the United States of America.  But he does not care about the country as a whole only about the tiny subset of the country that put him in power. That tiny subset wants to maintain its grip on the world's oil supply no matter the cost to America as a whole.

  •  We need to attack ourselves!! (0+ / 0-)

    After, it's our own incompetence and further incompetence which has put more weapons and explosives into the hands of the insurgency than any other party.

    Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives. - Ayn Rand

    by CA Libertarian on Fri Nov 02, 2007 at 06:46:13 AM PDT

  •  Iran may be the price of Democratic weakness in (0+ / 0-)

    dealing with Bush/Cheney.

  •  No mere legislation will ever stop Bush. (0+ / 0-)

    You have to either cut off his money or impeach him.  Period.

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