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United States Rep. John Conyers, the Detroit Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has a rendezvous with destiny. He is uniquely placed to thrust a rod through the wheels of a White House juggernaut to war with Iran by commencing impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush.

A move to impeach would bolster the resistance to Bush among our senior military leaders who know that attacking Iran at this time would be the strategic equivalent of the marches into Russia by Napoleon and Hitler.

Since Conyers took the helm of Judiciary in January 2007, the train of abuses and usurpations by the Bush administration has gotten even longer. But oddly, Conyers has lost his earlier appetite for impeachment and begun offering all manner of transparent excuses not to proceed. On July 23, 2007, for example, Conyers told Cindy Sheehan, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood and me that he would need 218 votes in the House, and vociferously claimed the votes were not there.

Well, they are now. Last week, 251 members of the House voted to refer to Conyers' committee the 35 Articles of Impeachment offered by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. Conyers should take them up.

When bombs are falling on Iran, it will be too late -- and our commander in chief is likely to give that order within the next couple of months. As former White House press secretary Scott McClellan reminds us, when the president sets his mind on something, he is not going to let anything stop him.

What seems to be driving Bush comes through best when he ad-libs at press conferences. On June 10, in Slovenia, he was asked about the intensifying debate in Israel about a military option against the nuclear installations in Iran. Bush responded: "If you go to Israel and listen carefully, you'll hear the urgency in their voice."

What's so urgent? Israel's ambassador to the United States, speaking at an American Jewish Committee luncheon last Oct. 22, said the Iranians must not be permitted to conclude that, "come January '09 (after Bush leaves office), they have it their own way."

Vice President Dick Cheney last summer pushed for air strikes on Revolutionary Guards bases in Iran, but was thwarted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to J. Scott Carpenter, a senior State Department official working on the Middle East at the time.

The Joint Chiefs also have strongly opposed attacking Iran's nuclear sites, according to a former Iran specialist at the National Security Council, Hillary Mann, who has wide contacts among senior Pentagon officials. Mann reports that Admiral William Fallon, the former CENTCOM commander, joined the Joint Chiefs in opposing such an attack and made his views known to the White House. Fallon was forced to resign in March and will be replaced as CENTCOM commander by Gen. David Petraeus.

A "political general," Petraeus has already demonstrated his willingness to do Cheney's bidding -- by, for example, making demonstrably false claims about Iranian weaponry in Iraq. Nonetheless, the U.S. military in Baghdad apparently remains under orders to blame any serious violence on "special groups" -- code for those said to be supported by Iran.

Before the smoke had cleared after Tuesday's bombing in Baghdad that left at least 63 dead and 78 wounded, U.S. spokesman Lt. Col. Steven Stover announced that the U.S. command believed one of those "special groups" was behind the bombing.

The corporate media are already launched in their pre-attack mode, providing stenographic services for the White House to indoctrinate Americans on a synthetic "threat" from Iran. So far, though, we have been spared the "mushroom cloud" imagery. Neither Bush nor Cheney want to risk drawing attention to the fact that all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies concluded last November that Iran stopped nuclear weapons-related work in 2003 and has not restarted it.

Conyers may say there's not enough time to begin impeachment, with only seven months left to this administration. But how could Conyers say this one day, and on the next say that if Bush attacks Iran, well then the House may move toward impeachment? His nonchalance regarding what an attack on Iran would mean is mind-boggling. You impeach the scoundrels before they start another war.

At a similarly critical juncture in our nation's history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was characteristically direct: "There is such a thing as being too late. ... Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with lost opportunity. ... Over the bleached bones of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: 'Too late.'"

 

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
 

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CONGRESS AND THE SENATE ARE ALL GUILTY OF THE SAME... by RICH SHA on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 7:12:27 AM
Impeacement must happen and why Conyers isn't ... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 8:36:50 AM
impeachment resolution, not to support it. Most of... by Richard Mynick on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:34:11 AM
Dennis K himself moved to have it sent to the Judi... by Aurora on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 12:10:18 PM
hardly "proves" that burying the resolut... by Richard Mynick on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 3:09:38 PM
you can't know that 251 individual people were... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 7:02:19 PM
The idea that it was sent there to be buried appea... by Aurora on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 9:13:14 PM
that the media generally lies & distorts ... by Richard Mynick on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:25:05 PM
really be certain about what's in someone else... by Richard Mynick on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:13:55 PM
and not just in a trivial way but in a potentially... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:49:31 AM
Maybe they have pictures of him sexually abusing c... by Harold Smith on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:08:02 AM
Anther article on OEN, by 'George Washington&#... by Aurora on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 12:27:16 PM
If Bush is going to do it, he's going to do it... by Harold Smith on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 1:16:04 PM
Exactly!  The way to end the insani... by Aurora on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 3:55:13 PM
The Bushites are simply the public face of the Mil... by mrk * on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 12:48:17 PM
The Bushites are simply the public face of the Mil... by Harold Smith on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 1:26:59 PM
The Zionists DO have undue influence via AIPAC, th... by mrk * on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 2:08:18 PM
//////////////////////// If Conyersor any other De... by John H Kennedy on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 2:39:04 PM
The fact is, that Bush and Cheney are ultimately r... by Kathryn Smith on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 3:17:21 PM
So, according to you, Bush planned and carried out... by Harold Smith on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 3:41:37 PM
Mr Rabid Zionist if he even exists other than as a... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:18:00 AM
Kathryn is making more sense than you are on thisH... by Harold Smith on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 7:43:16 AM
Conyers doesn't have what it takes to do this ... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:14:26 PM
I am not an American citizen but I went to his web... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:00:18 AM
He (Robert Wexler) is also on the House Judiciary ... by William Cormier on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 2:39:36 AM
thank you william!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:02:25 PM
Democratic leadership fears impeachment because th... by Clean Energy Advocate on Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 at 10:32:02 AM