Bush Must Go
Only Impeachment Can Stop Him
By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- - When are the American people and
their representatives in Congress and the military going
to wake up and realize that the US has an insane war
criminal in the White House who is destroying all
chances for peace in the world and establishing a police
state in the US?
Americans don’t have much time to realize this and to
act before it is too late. Bush’s “surge” speech last
Wednesday night makes it completely clear that his real
purpose is to start wars with Iran and Syria before
failure in Iraq brings an end to the
neoconservative/Israeli plan to establish hegemony over
the Middle East.
The “surge” gives Congress, the media, and the foreign
policy establishment something to debate and oppose,
while Bush sets his plans in motion to orchestrate a war
with Iran. Suddenly, we are hearing Bush regime
propaganda that there are Iranian networks operating
within Iraq that are working with the Iraqi insurgency
and killing US troops.
This assertion is a lie and preposterous on its face.
Iranian Shi’ites are not going to arm Iraqi Sunnis, who
are more focused on killing Iraqi Shi’ites allied with
Iran than on killing US troops. If the Iranians wanted
to cause the US trouble in Iraq, they would encourage
Iraqi Shi’ites to join the insurgency against US forces.
An insurgency drawn from 80% of the Iraqi population
would overwhelm the US forces.
CBS reports that the news organization has been told by
US officials “that American forces have begun an
aggressive and mostly secret ground campaign against
networks of Iranians that had been operating with
virtual impunity inside Iraq.” To manufacture evidence
in behalf of this lie to feed to the gullible American
public, US forces invaded an Iranian consulate in
northern Iraq and kidnapped 5 consulate officials,
claiming the Iranians were part of plans “to kill
Americans.” In typical Orwellian fashion, Secretary of
State Condi Rice described Bush’s aggression against
Iran as designed to confront Tehran’s aggression.
Iraqi government officials in the Kurdish province and
the Iraqi foreign minister have refused to go along with
Bush’s propaganda ploy. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar
Zebari announced that the Iranian officials were no
threat and were working in a liaison office that had
Iraqi government approval and was in the process of
being elevated into a consulate.
The Iraqi foreign minister said that US troops tried to
seize more innocent people at the Irbil airport but were
prevented by Kurdish troops.
The Kurds, of course, have been allies of the US forces,
but Bush is willing to alienate the Kurds in the
interest of provoking a war with Iran.
If Bush is unable to orchestrate war with Iran directly,
he will orchestrate war indirectly by having US troops
attack Iraqi Shi’ite militias. Bush has already given
orders for US troops to attack the Iraqi Shi’ite
militias, who oppose the Sunnis and have not been part
of the insurgency. Obviously, once Bush can get US
troops in open warfare with Iraqi Shi’ites, the
situation for US troops in Iraq will quickly go down
hill. Bush will be able to blame Iranian Shi’ites for
arming Iraqi Shi’ites that he can say are killing US
Bush has also ordered the Persian Gulf to be congested
with TWO US aircraft carrier attack groups. There is no
military or diplomatic reason for even one attack group
to be in the Persian Gulf. If Bush fails to orchestrate
a war with Iran by kidnapping its officials or by
attacking Shi’ite militias, he can orchestrate an event
like the Tonkin Gulf incident or have the Israelis pull
another USS Liberty incident and blame the Iranians.
The Tonkin Gulf incident was used by the Johnson
administration to deceive Congress and to involve the US
in the Vietnam war. Johnson alleged a North Vietnamese
attack on US warships.
In 1967 Israel attacked and destroyed the US
intelligence ship Liberty, because Liberty’s crew had
picked up proof that Israel had initiated the war with
Egypt and intended to attack Syria the next day (http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/margolis12.html).
Some have speculated that Israelis hoped their attack on
the Liberty could be blamed on Egypt and used to draw
the US into the war against Egypt.
In 2003 the Moorer Commission [see http://www.ussliberty.org/report/report.pdf
headed by Admiral Tom Moorer, former Chief of Naval
Operations and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
“That in attacking the USS Liberty, Israel committed
acts of murder against American servicemen and an act of
war against the United States.”
“That fearing conflict with Israel, the White House
deliberately prevented the U.S. Navy from coming to the
defense of USS Liberty.”
“the Captain and surviving crew members were later
threatened with court-martial, imprisonment or worse if
they exposed the truth; and were abandoned by their own
“That due to the influence of Israel’s powerful
supporters in the United States, the White House
deliberately covered up the facts of this attack from
the American people.”
“That a danger to our national security exists whenever
our elected officials are willing to subordinate
American interests to those of any foreign nation, and
specifically are unwilling to challenge Israel’s
interests when they conflict with American interests.”
On the 30th anniversary of Israel’s destruction of the
liberty, Admiral Moorer said that Israel attacked the
Liberty because Israel knew that the intelligence ship
could intercept Israel’s plans to seize the Golan
Heights from Syria, an act of Israeli aggression to
which the US government was opposed. Admiral Moorer
said, “I believe Moshe Dayan concluded that he could
prevent Washington from becoming aware of what Israel
was up to by destroying the primary source of acquiring
that information--the US Liberty. Moorer reports that
after a 25 minute air attack “that pounded the Liberty
with bombs, rockets, napalm and machine gun fire . . .
three Israeli torpedo boats closed in for the kill . . .
the torpedo boats’ machine guns also were turned on life
rafts that were deployed into the Mediterranean as well
as those few on deck that had escaped damage.”
Admiral Moorer says, “What is so chilling and
cold-blooded, of course, is that they [Israel] could
kill as many Americans as they did in confidence that
Washington would cooperate in quelling any public
outcry.” [see http://www.ussliberty.org/moorer3.htm]
The US invasion of Iraq and the looming US attack on
Iran are proof that Israel has even more power over the
White House today.
Bush has many ways to widen his war in the Middle East.
His brutal aggression against Somalia has largely
escaped criticism for the war crime that it is. On
January 11 the US National Intelligence Director told
Congress that Hezbollah in Lebanon may be the next US
threat. Just as he lied to the entire world about Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, Bush is lying about Iran. Bush and the
neoconservatives are frantic for war with Iran to get
underway before the US Congress forces a US withdrawal
from the failed adventure in Iraq.
Bush’s entire “war on terror” is based on lies. The Bush
Regime, desperate to keep its lies covered up, is now
trying to prevent American law firms from defending the
Guantanamo detainees. The Bush Regime is fearful that
Americans will learn that the detainees are not
terrorists but props in the regime’s orchestrated
On January 13 the New York Times (editorial) said that
“Cully Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of
defense for detainee affairs, tried to rally American
corporations to stop doing business with law firms that
represent inmates of the Guantanamo internment camp.”
Stimson alleged that it was “shocking” that American law
firms were “representing detainees down there.” He
suggested that when corporate America got word of if,
“those C.E.O.’s are going to make those law firms choose
between representing terrorists or representing
reputable firms. We want to watch that play out.”
The only reason for the Bush Regime’s policy of
indefinite detention without charges is that it has no
charges to bring. The detainees are not terrorists. They
are the Bush Regime’s props in a fake war that serves as
cover for the Regime’s hegemonic policy in the Middle
The only action that can stop Bush is for both the
Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and
Senate to call on the White House, tell Bush they know
what he is up to and that they will not fall for it a
second time. The congressional leadership must tell Bush
that if he does not immediately desist, he will be
impeached and convicted before the week is out. Can a
congressional leadership that lives in fear of the
Israel Lobby perform this task?
All the rest is penny-ante. Revoking the Iraqi War
Resolution as Rep. Sam Farr has proposed or requiring
Bush to obtain congressional authorization prior to any
US attack on Iran simply lets Bush and his Federalist
Society apologists for executive dictatorship claim he
has commander-in-chief powers and proceed with his
planned aggression. Cutting off funding is not itself
enough as Bush can raid other budgets. Non-binding
resolutions of disapproval are meaningless to a
president who doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
Nothing can stop the criminal Bush from instituting
wider war in the Middle East that could become a
catastrophic world war except an unequivocal statement
from Congress that he will be impeached.
Bush has made the US into a colony of Israel. The US is
incurring massive debt and loss of both life and
reputation in order to silence Muslim opposition to
Israel’s theft of Palestine and the Golan Heights. That
is what the “war on terror” is about.