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The Treason of the Mainstream Democrats
Sunday, 11 November 2007 23:39
by Richard W. Behan
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
— Article III, Section 3, United States Constitution (emphasis added)
The mainstream Democrats—represented, say, by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Joe Biden, and Christopher Dodd—have not levied war against the United States. Their treason lies instead in committing the second offense: they adhere to enemies of the country, giving them aid and comfort.

The enemies are President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. Like no other president and vice president in history, these men attacked their country.

It was not our geography George Bush and Richard Cheney invaded. Instead they abandoned and subverted the bedrock institution of our Constitutional democracy: the rule of law. By word and deed, Mr. Bush repeatedly and arrogantly sets himself above the law, claiming obedience to be a matter of Presidential choice. Mr. Cheney orchestrates, coaches, applauds and iterates.

This cannot stand if the country we know and cherish is to survive. George Bush and Richard Cheney are literally enemies of the state; long before now and by any measure of Constitutional justice they should have been impeached and removed from office.

Abjectly, continuously, and stubbornly refusing to hold them accountable, however, the mainstream Democrats adhere to this criminal president and vice president: nothing they have asked for has been denied, no barriers placed in their way. That is giving them aid and comfort, and that is treason.

George Bush and Richard Cheney took the country to war illegally, with a deliberate, carefully designed and executed package of fear-mongering propaganda: lies, distortions, and deceptions. No informed citizen entertains the slightest doubt about this.

Lying to the people and the Congress was the most despicable violation of the rule of law by Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, but many more followed: torturing prisoners, denying habeas corpus, spying on U.S. citizens, nullifying new laws with “signing statements,” and so on and on. The litany of impeachable offenses is long and painful, but the so-called “War on Terror,” these men insist, makes all of it acceptable, even necessary.

Nearly six years have elapsed since the Bush Administration first defeated the rule of law. For most of these years a Republican Congress saw fit not to intervene, or even to question this behavior, so effective was the Administration’s propaganda campaign, and so firm were the bonds of partisanship. But now the mainstream Democrats control the Congress.

Also during these six years the truth emerged, and now we can see the “War on Terror” truly for what it is—an overarching mega-lie: an untruth of such unimaginable scope and magnitude it recalibrates for an entire nation the perception of reality. (Aryan supremacy was the mega-lie of Nazi Germany.)

No one should be surprised that the threat of terrorism has increased, not diminished, since 9/11: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not even remotely intended to combat it.

We know the Bush Administration, when it took office, was indifferent to terrorism, brushing aside explicit warnings about al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden; we know the President was planning instead, at least six months before 9/11, to invade both Afghanistan and Iraq; we know of a National Security Council memorandum dated February 3, 2001 speaking about the “capture of new and existing oil and gas fields” in Iraq; we have acquired with a lawsuit the maps of Iraqi oil fields Vice President Cheney’s “Energy Task Force” was studying a month later; we have learned how the privatized structure of Iraq’s postwar oil industry was designed by the Bush Administration a year before the war began; we know the Administration was negotiating pipeline rights-of-way with the Taliban, unsuccessfully, until five weeks before 9/11; we know the final threat to them was a “carpet of bombs”; we are aware of President Bush twice refusing offers from the Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden, before and after the carpet of bombs was unleashed; we’ve read of the five “mega-bases” in Iraq, to house 100,000 troops for as long as 50 years; we’ve learned the U.S. Embassy compound under construction in Baghdad will be ten times larger than any other in the world; and we know Exxon/Mobil, Chevron/Texaco, Royal Dutch/Shell, and British Petroleum/Amoco are poised to claim immense profits from 81% of Iraq’s undeveloped oil fields.

Are these the activities and outcomes of a “War on Terror?”

We also know President Bush, a month before 9/11 in August of 2001, notified the governments of Pakistan and India he would launch a military mission into Afghanistan “before the end of October.”

Between the dates of the President’s announcement and his order to attack, the Trade Towers and the Pentagon were struck by the hijacked airliners. Seizing in a heartbeat this spectacular opportunity to disguise and launch the preplanned invasions, the Bush Administration concocted the mega-lie, and the “War on Terror” was born.

The “War on Terror” is a conscious and ingenious masquerade for the geostrategic pursuit and control of Middle Eastern oil and gas resources. The facts place this beyond dispute. Mr. Bush’s claim of “taking the fight directly to the terrorists…and the states that harbor them” was yet one more intentional deception, as subsequent events fully demonstrated. In Afghanistan the state was overthrown instead of apprehending the terrorists—Osama bin Laden remains at large—and in Iraq, when we invaded, there were no terrorists at all. But today both “states” are fitted with puppet governments and dotted with permanent U.S. military bases in close proximity to their hydrocarbon assets.

Only the Bush Administration continues to natter about a bogus “War on Terror.” Others are more candid:

o Republican Senator Senator Charles Hagel: “People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are. They talk about America’s national interest. What the hell do you think they’re talking about? We’re not there for figs.” (Speaking at Catholic University, 9/24/07)

o Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, in his book The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World: “I’m saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”

o Democratic Senator Jon Tester: “We’re still fighting a war in Iraq and people who are honest about it will admit we’re there over oil.” (Associated Press, 9/24/07)

o General John Abizaid, retired CENTCOM commander: “Of course it’s about oil, we can’t really deny that.” (Speaking at Stanford University, 10/13/07)

The criminal fraudulence of the “War on Terror” is fully documented (see http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/63632/ ), but the contemporary press has been derelict in failing to expose the mega-lie and publicize it. The mainstream Democrats are equally derelict in ignoring it.

Failing to hold President Bush accountable for his crimes constitutes the most profound obstruction of justice. And failing to contradict his hideous mega-lie clearly reinforces the President’s hand: the mainstream Democrats are now accomplices.

The damage done by the Democrats’ treason is equally great in prospect. Without exposing the lie of the war in Iraq and acting upon the exposure, there is no credible and reliable way to stop the Administration’s insane intention of attacking Iran. The proffered rationales—and the fraudulence—are identical, as the Democrats stride toward complicity in yet another illegal and immoral war.

Why can’t the mainstream Democrats speak sublime truth to demonic power? Doing so, they claim, would be too “divisive” and jeopardize the party’s success in next year’s election.

This strategy is politically suicidal. A Democratic sweep in 2008 grows dimmer every day.

The rank-and-file Republicans who continue to believe Mr. Bush’s lies about the “war on terror” will not vote for a Democrat. The rank-and-file Democrats who see through the lies are increasingly enraged by the insipid waffling of their mainstream candidates. And roughly half the American people don’t bother to vote at all, repelled by the tawdry attack ads and negativity of bitterly partisan, superficial, sophomoric, and issue-avoidance politicking.

If the mainstream Democrats do nothing to change this, they will wind up where they’re headed—disappointed and defeated in 2008—and they will deserve it. Only by exposing and acting on the truth about the war can they change any Republican minds, regain the support of disenchanted Democrats, and attract the politically inert, indifferent Americans. A new style of politics needs badly to be engaged, one that is dedicated not merely to winning elections, but to a genuine concern for truth, for justice, for the rule of law, and for integrity in public service.

The most direct and honorable way of invoking such a style is by impeaching George Bush and Richard Cheney. Never in our history have the high crimes and misdemeanors been so flagrant, and the people of our country know it.

Yes, Congressman Kucinich sought with a “member’s privilege” motion to initiate an impeachment proceeding on the floor of the House of Representatives. But Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer moved immediately to kill the initiative, only to be thwarted by a Republican trick. Finally Nancy Pelosi, desperate to avoid a floor debate, managed to have the matter referred to the Judiciary Committee—where Chairman John Conyers has been sitting on the original bill since last April. The giving of aid and comfort to the enemies will, seemingly, continue.

But the mainstream Democrats now face a carpe diem moment of truly historic measure: if they choose, they can foreswear their treason. It was a majority, bipartisan vote that sent the impeachment bill to Judiciary, and that is all the political cover the Democrats need to take the next courageous and necessary step.

For the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the integrity of the Congress, for the sake of the country’s future, and incidentally for the sake of a potential Democratic victory in 2008, the politics of truth and justice must be showcased. The Judiciary Committtee must hold hearings immediately, to see if impeachment is in fact warranted—and polls say the greater part of the country thinks it is.

If the mainstream Democrats will not do this, if their treason continues, then decent and thinking citizens everywhere—concerned patriots all—can only weep for their country.


Richard W. Behan lives and writes on Lopez Island, off the northwest coast of Washington state. He is working on his next book, To Provide Against Invasions: Corporate Dominion and America’s Derelict Democracy. He can be reached at rwbehan@rockisland.com. (This essay is deliberately not copyrighted: it may be reproduced without restriction.)
 
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aleta35 said:

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Re: Treason of the Mainstream Democrats
Well said. I just wonder if anyone in Congress is listening?
 
November 11, 2007
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futurent said:

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Mr.
The sad truth lies in the fact that too many Democrats have been in Congress too long. They enjoy the comforts, so to speak. They have been to pass a watered down, full of loop holes ethics reform, which is their greatest claim to fame prior to the water legislation which will be vetoed and pollibly upheld by the Senate.

What this country needs is multiple parties, who are not in bed with other parties, with term limits on ALL government offices including staffers. And, absolutely NO LOBBYING.

By the time the American people wake up and realize that George Orwell's "1984" has hit it will be too late. Unfortunately "Big Brother" has taken over and the Empire he has created is in the early throes of a most debilitating decay. Like ALL empires before us, sadly, we are doomed to repeat the history of ALL failed empires.

Wake up America. "We the people" are the only ones that have a chance of stopping it, if it is not too late already.
 
November 12, 2007
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Jimmy Montague said:

Jimmy Montague
The rubes will never get smart.
When it finally comes home to them that they're all bankrupt, dispossessed, homeless starving slaves, they'll riot and kill each other pointlessly until some con-boss, matinee macho-man like Arnold leads them to see that it's all the fault of the Mexicans -- or the Chinese -- or the Arabs -- or the Russians. Eventually, the rest of the world will get together and field an army that will come here and clean house, just as the rest of the world did for Germany in 1945. But the house-cleaning is years down the pike. Until then, be on the lookout for self-appointed, Dog-the-Bounty-Hunter types who'll go door-to-door and round up straw men to incinerate in the ongoing blame-fest. Good night and good luck.
 
November 12, 2007
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Tim Bitts said:

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General lay-a-bout and n'er do 'well
Very interesting article. I have to say, I agree with 100% of it, but that's not enough for me to agree with impeachment.

Here's why:

There are many kinds of lies. First there are outright lies. Outright lies are the most popular form of lie with the Bush Administration, like the so-called War-On-Terror. And then there are lies of omission, which the Democats as well as Republicans excell at. Lies of Omission are where you avoid saying things that are vitally important to the listener. These lies can be even more damaging than outright lies, because they promote ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss, it's deadly. So. What is one big lie of ommission, of truth not told by either the Democrats, or Republicans, that's so important? Here's a whopper: America is completely dependent on oil, to sustain the economy of the nation, and of every individual in America. Without oil, America would crash and burn in a matter of weeks. Every family in America, every individual, would have their lives destroyed, without oil. Like a diabetic on insulin, if you take away oil, the patient quickly dies. Have you ever heard a Democrat of Republican be this candid? The Bush Administration, has not been clear, candid and forthcoming about this basic fact of life. And you know what? Neither have the Democrats. Both are guilty of an enormous lie of omission, about American vulnerabiltiy, which is not an abstract concept, but potentially touches, and could destroy the life, of every American. I say that while keeping in mind that I don't like hyperbole. I don't think I'm overstating the truth. So, I agree with everything you wrote. Bush lie, people died. The war was a vicious act of agression, and amounts to the biggest theft in human history. The problem is, as President Bush once put it, in a State of the Union Address, "America is addicted to oil".

Impeaching Bush and Cheney won't change that.

Impeaching Bush and Cheney, while morally the correct thing to do, would distract from the real issue: Our lives run on oil, and as if that vulnerability is not enough to deal with, we are also ruining the planet, with our oil-based lifestyle. Oh, and also, we are running out of oil, very quickly, we have gone past "peak oil", at the very time that China and India grow and their consumption of oil grows beyond the capacity of global supplies to keep up. There is a good chance our entire oil-based civilization worldwide, will soon crash and burn, if global warming from burning fossil fuels doesn't first kill us.

How will impeaching Bush help this?

Impeach Bush and Cheney? That's like stopping to take a sliver out of your pinkey, while the house is on fire, and your child is trapped under burning rubble.

So, yes, America invaded Iraq to get ahold of the last remaining large and cheap supplies of conventional oil left in the world, so that America will have energy security for the next 30 years, or so. Literally 95% of Iraq remains unexplored by geologists, due to past restrictions by Saddam, and other Iraqi rulers, but based on the limited information we already know, Iraq has the 3rd largest deposits of cheap oil in the world. The reality, once proper geology surveys are done, is that Iraq probably is the largest oil prize, by far, in the world, with enough energy to keep America going for at least 30 years, as long as we don't give any to China or India. After that, the party is over for our civilization.

So, what are our options?

So what's the plan, once we impeach Bush and Cheney? Leave Iraq? The most powerful regional player are the Iranians, who would be glad to fill the power void. Should we let the Iranians, who even the Democrats admit sponsor terrorism, to have control over a resource essential to our way of life? Should we give these sponsors of terrorism, hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars? Should we make the economies of Europe, Japan, and America, completely subservient to, and dependent on, the whims of religious fanatics who control Iran? Since "the economy" is each of us, what will the average American think about any government that made his personal life completely dependent on, and at the mercy of, religious fanatics half-way around the world? Good luck with that.

Good luck with that. If that's the Democratic plan, they're crazier than Bush.

Or should we give up fossil fuels, and each of us live like a saint, and dedicate our lives to developing an economy that is not based on oil, at the same time as our economy crashes and burns because we have given up oil?

We live in a world without good options. We have a series of bad options to chose from. Bush has said what the Republicans intend to do: Steal a good chunk of the remaining oil in the world, to keep the American dream going for at least 30 years, while looking for alternative energy options, and while hoping the ecology of the planet doesn't totally disintegrate before our eyes, and while hoping civilization itself doesn't crash and burn. So what do the Democrats intend on doing? Use all their energy to impeach a couple of very minor historical figures, while dramatic global problems go unsolved? Give up control of the world's economy to people who hate us, want to destroy us, but want to bleed us dry? Good luck with that. Either way we're screwed.

So, what's the plan, Stan? No need to be coy, Roy.
 
November 12, 2007
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