By Bev Conover
Online Journal Editor & Publisher
Jul 20, 2007, 01:04
Forget Osama and the bin Laden family friends of the Bushes. The real names of the terrorists are George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and company, plus a complicit Congress that, thus far, refuses to use its constitutional powers to impeach and remove these criminals.
Yet, it’s “al Qaeda,” “al Qaeda,” “al Qaeda,” according to the corporate media parrots who spew it 24/7. “Al Qaeda” is responsible for every act of resistance to outright criminality in this world — from fighting the US occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan to attempting to cause mayhem with vehicular Molotov cocktails in London and Glasgow (erroneously called “car bombs” by the corporate media).
To hear them tell it, “al Qaeda” is now a franchise operation and one will be opened near you tomorrow. Do you want fries with your bomb?
In Arabic “al Qaeda” means “the base.” Scary, huh? But it has an exotic ring to the Western ear and is blamed for all manner of horrors perpetrated by the Bush administration, which scare the bejeezus out of people.
If you think 9/11, cooked up by the Bushies’ friends at the Project for the New American Century, who said a “new Pearl Harbor” was needed, was bad enough, now you have Michael Dual Citizenship (US and Israeli) Chertoff saying he feels in his “gut” that another 9/11 is coming to the US this summer.
And the corporate media ate that one, too, along with the dessert served up by the latest National Intelligence Estimate that “the base” (“al Qaeda”) is reconstituted and stronger than ever. Wow!
Meanwhile, the wannabe presidential candidates in both wings of the Corpocratic Party, with the exception of Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel and Ron Paul (all written off by the corporate media as “can’t win” third tier candidates), are flexing their jaw muscles about what they will do to those “al Qaeda terrorists” — from bombing Iran to flattening what is left of Afghanistan — if they become the next occupants of the White House. Also, bear in mind that, with the exception of the aforementioned three, all are salivating over the prospect of exercising the power Bush has granted to himself as the “unitary executive” and “the decider,” which is why they aren’t calling for Cheney and Bush’s impeachment.
What is completely ignored by both the corporate media and the wannabe presidents is that if the Bushies pull off their next 9/11, George W. will have his “catastrophic emergency” in order to invoke his National Security and Homeland Security Directive, thereby making himself and Cheney dictators for life. In that event, will all those who stuffed the campaign coffers of the 2008 hopefuls want a refund?
One might have thought Bush and Cheney would wait until next summer or early next fall to play their trump card, but with the disastrous Bush/Cheney ship severely listing, the people’s call for their impeachment growing louder and their desire to nuke Iran before they go down, they’ve had to move to Plan B by setting the stage for the next attack lest Congress finally listens to the people and begins impeachment proceedings — first against Cheney, then Bush.
We have had six and a half years of madness and mayhem during which we have lost most of our freedoms, hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been killed, millions have been displaced and their countries destroyed. We can barely afford another day of this murderous regime, much less hope these terrorists will be gone in 18 months without causing more death and destruction. Unless Cheney and Bush are impeached, tried, convicted and removed from office, we will have nothing. And if they pull off Plan B, we will have less than nothing.
If you think we’re alarmists, we’re in good company. Last week’s guests on Bill Moyers’ Journal, Bruce Fein and John Nichols, also laid out the case for impeachment, as did Paul Craig Roberts.
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