Saturday, May 12, 2007

Impeach Bush Before He Attacks Iran

Don't let Bush's plunging poll numbers lull you into complacency. The Bush administration still plans to attack Iran. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, quoted by Reuters, says that Bush is keeping "the military option on the table" even as his approval rating dips to its lowest ever: 28%.

Bush is bogged down in Iraq and at home. But rather than keeping the US out of Iran, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski predicts the deteriorating situation in Iraq will lead inevitably to the planned war against Iran.

Congress tarries dangerously amid reports that the US has already begun a war with Iran.

If there is any hope that Bush may be dissuaded from beginning yet another quagmire, it is the news this week that the GOP is running scared, fearing a disastrous defeat because of Bush's quagmire in Iraq. Fear they should. Dick Cheney has flipped off his party:
Dick Cheney said: “We didn’t get elected to worry just about the fate of the Republican party. Our mission is to do everything we can to prevail...against one of the most evil opponents we’ve ever faced.

- Vice President Dick Cheney, quoted in the Financial Times

GOP leaders are as puzzled by the logic as chagrined by Cheney's flip off. Moderate Republicans have, nevertheless, warned that their patience and their support for the surge may be running out. Various numbers are said to be ready to abandon Bush, perhaps even supporting efforts to impeach him.

There has never been a better time to impeach and remove Bush. Already more Americans favor impeaching Bush than ever favored the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Polls: Americans want Bush Impeached more now than they did Clinton in '99

Submitted by BuzzFlash on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 1:07pm.

A 1999 poll in the midst of Bill Clinton's impeachment trial showed that only 32% of Americans wanted to remove him from office. But a poll this week shows that 39% of Americans want Bush and Cheney to be impeached.

So why is all of Congress - save Rep. Dennis Kucinich - just sitting around when Republicans have already set the impeachment bar so low? In 1999, 79% agreed Clinton had actually committed perjury but a majority of those people still didn't think it was enough to ditch him. By contrast, a poll two months ago found that 54% believe the Bush Administration "deliberately misled the American public" about Iraq, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Of course, Clinton's approval rate was 67% at the time - more than twice Bush's current 28%. That's because Clinton was making the nation a better place despite his personal failings, as opposed to Bush making the whole world worse. For example, 89% of Americans thought the economy was in good shape in 1999, and today 65% oppose the war in Iraq.

Admittedly, I have spent little time psychoanalyzing Bush save to say that he is a psychotic moron. What is left to say? Scott Ritter, however, has an interesting take on just why the US occupation failed from the get go. His article is entitled The Good American
It’s a shame for these Legionnaires that the Iraqis couldn't have turned out to be blond, blue-eyed Germans who looked like us, and whose women could be wooed with chocolate and nylon stockings by the noble American liberator and occupier. Or, short of that, passive Japanese, who freely submitted their women to the massage parlors and barracks of their American conquering heroes while their men rebuilt a shattered society. The simplistic approach of many of the American Legion’s most hawkish advocates for the ongoing disaster in Iraq seems to be drawn from a selective memory which seeks to impose a carefully crafted past experience dating back to the last “good war” (i.e,, World War II), expunged of all warts and blemishes, onto the current situation in Iraq in a manner which strips away all reality.

It turns out that the Iraqis aren’t like German or Japanese people at all, but rather a fiercely independent (if overly complex) nation deeply resentful of a so-called liberation which has brought them nothing but pain and agony, primarily at the hands of those who have, unbidden, “freed” them from their past.
When Bush talks about the consequences of defeat, he implies "victory" that will expiate our guilt, erase the crimes already committed, a pure ablution achieved by merely staying put another six months, another year, perhaps, forever. I have bad news for Bush. There is no ablution, there is no way to wash away our sins " the blood of The Lamb", at a time when Bush should be on the lam.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

- Omar Khayyam (d. 1123 CE): The Rubaiyat, c. 1120

In the differences between Omar Khayyam, the great Persian poet, and George W. Bush, an unlettered barbarian, we find, at last, the very nature of the schism. Khayyam described a vast cosmological scheme over which he controlled only his own actions. Khayyam may have been the first existentialist; he found meaning in the details of his life and took responsibility for them. Bush, a fundamentalist Christian, eschews responsibility for his life in anticipation of a "hereafter" in which his many sins will be forgiven and those of his enemies punished. It is a comforting fairy tale embraced by sociopaths and the philosophically immature.

Never mind that Bush is at odds with Christianity as it has been professed by Saints, clerics, and, indeed, words widely attributed to Christ himself. Bush's version of Christianity is the "pop" version peddled by tent revivalists in the last century and Pat Robertson today. Bush may believe what he will. The world - if it is to survive Bush - simply must deny him the right to impose his personal hell upon humanity and posterity.

Bush has committed capital crimes amid his numerous lies and pretexts. By perpetrating upon the American people and the world a deliberate and deadly hoax, he has committed high treason, an impeachable offense. His innumerable bald faced lies are cited to justify a campaign of murderous atrocities and torture. He has succeeded, thus far, because his opposition is both timid and, itself, compromised by the nature of evil and corruption

In the short term Bush must be impeached, removed, tried and sentenced. And for that much, US criminal codes and the Constitutional prescription of impeachment are sufficient. But, if the US position at Nuremberg is to ever reclaim legitimacy and credibility, Bush must be turned over to the International court to stand trial for war crimes. I am being merciful. If he is tried for war crimes under US Codes, he would be subject to the death penalty.

Think of a world at peace, lived in for the preciousness of fleeting moments, a world free of war mongering beasts of any persuasion, religion, or creed. It was a "Persian" who perhaps gave that fragile vision its most poignant expression:
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse---and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness---
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.

- Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward FitzGerald's Translation.

All the world was with us in the few days and weeks following 911. We are now opposed by all the world. Bush has squandered the goodwill of the world.
And those who husbanded the Golden Grain,
And those who flung it to the Winds like Rain,
Alike to no such aureate Earth are turn'd
As, buried once, Men want dug up again.

Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai
Whose Doorways are alternate Night and Day,
How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp
Abode his Hour or two, and went his way.

- Omar Khayyam (d. 1123 CE): The Rubaiyat, c. 1120

Notes on the image of the "Persian Princess" above.

First of all the top image is used with a blanket permission given non-commercial use by the original host at: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The "footer" image is, likewise, used non-commercially and, following a temporary server problem, it is now hosted on blogspot.

Fuzzflash commented:

Does the enchanting and most captivating Persian Princess have an appellation?.
I believe that it is, indeed, a depiction of a real person. Based upon some scanty google research, I am tempted to conclude that Fuzz's "enchanting" Persian Princess may not be Persian nor Indian. If so, she is not a Persian princess at all, but a "Mugol" [called Mughal by the Persians]. The picture may be that of the Mughal Princess Zebunnissa. She was a poet. The following lines are attributed to her by one of the visitors to the site linked to above:
O waterfall, why lament?
What grief wrinkles your face?
What pain, that all night
You strike your head
on the rocks and cry?
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