A year after the attacks of 9/11, a timid and obedient Congress handed George W. Bush a bag of live grenades. With that ominous bequest came the right to pull the pins and toss the grenades wherever this petulant resident of the White House chose to hurl them. There would be no oversight, no accountability and no questions asked. â€œToss away,â€ was the message on the Iraq War Resolution gift card, â€œand weâ€™ll pick up the tab.â€
What the hell is wrong with this picture? Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and thousands of young American troops have been blown to bits. A once viable nation has been destroyed beyond repair, an entire region is on the brink of disaster, Billions of dollars are enriching the war profiteers and bleeding the American economy, and still this unstable man of questionable intellect with no previous grenade experience is permitted to hold on to his lethal arsenal.
It is absolutely mind boggling that the country has not risen up to stop him.
There is no time left. The situation in Iraq is spiraling ever downward while the Iraq Study Group sets forth its meaningless plan for â€˜going forward.â€™ Everyone who really understands the gravity of the situation and the potential for even greater disaster is pleading with George W. Bush to make a decision about the way to end the horror in Iraq. Damn, thatâ€™s akin to asking an arsonist to decide how to put out the forest fire he himself has set. Itâ€™s an absurdity beyond belief. Even after all these years of missteps that have taken so many people to the gates of hell, people are still looking to the White House for a solution. How much more bungling incompetence can we take?
We can no longer allow George W. Bush or his handlers to make a single new decision about the conduct of the war in Iraq. Neither can he be allowed to stay his catastrophic course any longer. He has to be stopped now, and it can be done.
No, impeachment is not the answer. That process will take far too long and its outcome is highly unpredictable. Something has to be done as soon as the new Congress is in session, and as soon as it is possible to legally put and end to the insanity of one man rule that has replaced any vestige of shared power in this country. The ability to toss more grenades has to be wrested from the hands of the man who has run totally amok. What Congress has given to the President of the United States, it can also take away. And that is exactly what has to be done.
Last July, Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D-Ca] introduced the Iraq War Powers Repeal Act of 2006. The expressed purpose of HR5875 was to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243). Simply stated, the bill would take away the war powers given in haste to the President of the United States as he lied to the Congress and the nation about the dire necessity of an attack against Iraq.
Of course, the corporate media ignored it and most Americans had no clue that a bill of this sort had been introduced. On the Internet, many bloggers and anti war web sites publicized Woolseyâ€™s bill, but there was not a chance in hell it could pass, and predictably the bill died in committee. However, this election has changed the playing field. As soon as the new Congress convenes, HR5875 or its equivalent has to be revived and treated as a priority of the greatest urgency.
That can only happen if the people make it happen. We have the power. We have the votes. Now we need the action.
Enough said. Call your representative. Write snail mail. Donâ€™t email, it goes nowhere. Call and write again and again until you get a commitment from your Representative to support this bill or any other that will take away the war powers that George Bush is using to single handedly continue his madness.
It can be done. Someone has to grab the bag of grenades away from George W. Bush. He will never give them up voluntarily, and he will never stop to consider the carnage he causes with every devastating move. The time is right. Letâ€™s go for it.