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Fight The Real Terrorist

More from yesterday's Lewis Lapham article in Harper's, which tells the story of Rep. John Conyers, Jr (D.-Mich) and his resolution that the House Of Representatives form "a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.”

Money quote: (Emphasis motherfucking mine.)

"That President George W. Bush comes to power with the intention of invading Iraq is a fact not open to dispute. Pleased with the image of himself as a military hero, and having spoken, more than once, about seeking revenge on Saddam Hussein for the tyrant's alleged attempt to “kill my Dad,” he appoints to high office in his administration a cadre of warrior intellectuals, chief among them Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, known to be eager for the glories of imperial conquest. At the first meeting of the new National Security Council on January 30, 2001, most of the people in the room discuss the possibility of preemptive blitzkrieg against Baghdad. In March the Pentagon circulates a document entitled “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oil Field Contracts”; the supporting maps indicate the properties of interest to various European governments and American corporations. Six months later, early in the afternoon of September 11, the smoke still rising from the Pentagon's western facade, Secretary Rumsfeld tells his staff to fetch intelligence briefings (the “best info fast...go massive; sweep it all up; things related and not”) that will justify an attack on Iraq."

And there it is. Bush invented the war to settle some macho score about "his dad", screwing our economy by the trillions and causing the deaths of thousands of Americans, not to mention Iraqis. And then lied about it. Over and over. I see: Crime. Crime. Crime. Crime. If Bush isn't the textbook example of what power run amok can wreak, then why bother to have the impeachment option at all? I just don't want him canned now, I want him IN the can.

BLOGGERS: Do NOT let this story go unmentioned. The MSM has paid scant attention to the Conyers resolution thus far. WE CAN CHANGE THAT. Make noise on your own blogs. Give visibility to the Conyers resolution.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, that is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

UPDATE: Go check out Articles Of Impeachment Against George W. Bush @ Daily Kos , including a plea to buy the current issue of Harper's Magazine which contains the full Case For Impeachment story, which is only excerpted on the Harper's site, here.

UPDATE: Somebody whose opinion I respect, wrote to say that he was "disappointed" with my characterization of Bush as a terrorist, feeling that calling Bush a terrorist was the sort of looney lefty hyperbole that characterizes much of progressive movement and costs us credibility. And he's probably at at least a little bit right.

But just for fun, I googled "define terrorist" and the first return was this: "One who utilizes the systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve political objectives, while disguised as a civilian non-combatant. The use of a civilian disguise while on operations exempts the perpetrator from protection under the Geneva Conventions, and consequently if captured they are liable for prosecution as common criminals."

From Google's mouth to Zod's ears......

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