The material in the block quote below is no less than an invitation to George W. Bush to work with John Conyers, et al., to devise an agreed upon a more lock-tight pretext before attacking Iran. John Conyers has felt a great deal of heat from the left, because he was convincing to so many of them that he would pursue impeachment upon the election of a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate. The Democrats have that majority but their leadership, including the so-far unfortunately spineless Conyers, reneged.

Nancy Pelosi has likewise extended an invitation to Bush to work out a compromise so that she may straddle the fence on a so-called free-trade agreement with the brutal, fascist dictatorship of Uribe in Columbia, Bush's anti-people puppet regime that has set world records for killing labor organizers who were only looking for occupational safety and health, a living wage, and environmentalism, to name just of few of their good causes.

Other Democrats worked out other compromises or backroom deals concerning the appointment of the despicable Michael Mukasey as Attorney General of the U.S.

Those involved were closet neocons in the Democratic Party: Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York in particular. They could have stood for principle but instead caved into pressure by the supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mukasey couldn't say that John Yoo is aggressively stupid when it comes to so-called scholarly legal opinions in support of torture. He had no business being approved.

All John Conyers is really saying is that George hasn't provided enough trumped up evidence to allow the Democrats to avoid impeaching him if he attacks Iran only on what he, Bush, has offered up so far.

Listen, if Conyers believes that Bush phonied up the reasons for attacking Iraq, and he does believe it, he already has the duty to impeach.

He's been way too weak.

A truly powerful Senator or Representative can easily rival the President in power. There have been such powerful legislators in history. They have been rare, but they have existed. Someone just needs to step up with the convincing reasons to move the whole Party to do what is right. Someone needs to go out on the limb by taking it all right to the people.

The most difficult thing about this though is that the people were asleep while the world bankers bought up all the mass, major, mainstream media and consolidated it into the hands of a few who want the Pentagon to be the police force for the corporations those bankers ultimately control by controlling the currency.

At the same time anyone stands up to Bush, that one must bust the trusts, hedge funds, and the central private bank (Federal Reserve). That one must create a huge groundswell of populism the likes of which has never been seen anywhere before. That's the mundane way to do it.

The divine way, on the other hand, is to not participate in the system to move it around but rather to create a whole new system outside the old system. That's what Jesus called for: A new wineskin for the new wine. The people need to pool all their resources for the land to heal it and to bring forth food at no charge for everyone. That's what the Real Liberal Christian Church is designed to make known.

From: The office of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr.

May 8, 2008

Join Me in Calling on President Bush to Respect Congress' Exclusive Power to Declare War

Dear Democratic Colleague:

As we mark five years of war in Iraq, I have become increasingly concerned that the President may possibly take unilateral, preemptive military action against Iran. During the last seven years, the Bush Administration has exercised unprecedented assertions of Executive Branch power and shown an unparalleled aversion to the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution's framers. The letter that follows asks President Bush to seek congressional authorization before launching any possible military strike against Iran and affirms Senator Biden's statement last year that impeachment proceedings should be considered if the President fails to do so.

I hope that you will join me in calling on the President to respect Congress' exclusive power to declare war. To sign the letter below, please contact the Judiciary Committee staff at 225-3951.

John Conyers, Jr.

May 8, 2008

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to register our strong opposition to possible unilateral, preemptive military action against other nations by the Executive Branch without Congressional authorization. As you know, Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power "to declare war," to lay and collect taxes to "provide for the common defense" and general welfare of the United States, to "raise and support armies," to "provide and maintain a navy," to "make rules for the regulation for the land and naval forces," to "provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions," to "provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia," and to "make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution ... all ... powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States." Congress is also given exclusive power over the purse. The Constitution says, "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law."

By contrast, the sole war powers granted to the Executive Branch through the President can be found in Article II, Section 2, which states, "The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into actual Service of the United States." Nothing in the history of the "Commander-in-Chief" clause suggests that the authors of the provision intended it to grant the Executive Branch the authority to engage U.S. forces in military action whenever and wherever it sees fit without any prior authorization from Congress. In our view, the founders of our country intended this power to allow the President to repel sudden attacks and immediate threats, not to unilaterally launch, without congressional approval, preemptive military actions against foreign countries. As former Republican Representative Mickey Edwards recently wrote, "[t]he decision to go to war ... is the single most difficult choice any public official can be called upon to make. That is precisely why the nation's Founders, aware of the deadly wars of Europe, deliberately withheld from the executive branch the power to engage in war unless such action was expressly approved by the people themselves, through their representatives in Congress." [1]

Members of Congress, including the signatories of this letter, have previously expressed concern about this issue. On April 25, 2006, sixty-two Members of Congress joined in a bipartisan letter that called on you to seek congressional approval before making any preemptive military strikes against Iran. [2] Fifty-seven Members of Congress have co-sponsored H. Con. Res. 33, which expresses the sense of Congress that the President should not initiate military action against Iran without first obtaining authorization from Congress. [3]

Our concerns in this area have been heightened by more recent events. The resignation in mid-March of Admiral William J. "Fox" Fallon from the head of U.S. Central Command, which was reportedly linked to a magazine article that portrayed him as the only person who might stop your Administration from waging preemptive war against Iran, [4] has renewed widespread concerns that your Administration is unilaterally planning for military action against that country. This is despite the fact that the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate concluded that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003, a stark reversal of previous Administration assessments. [5]

As we and others have continued to review troubling legal memoranda and other materials from your Administration asserting the power of the President to take unilateral action, moreover, our concerns have increased still further. For example, although federal law is clear that proceeding under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) "shall be the exclusive means by which electronic surveillance" can be conducted within the U.S. for foreign intelligence purposes, 18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(f), the Justice Department has asserted that the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping in violation of FISA is "supported by the President's well-recognized inherent constitutional authority as Commander in Chief and sole organ for the Nation in foreign affairs". [6] As one legal expert has explained, your Administration's "preventive paradigm" has asserted "unchecked unilateral power" by the Executive Branch and violated "universal prohibitions on torture, disappearance, and the like." [7]

Late last year, Senator Joseph Biden stated unequivocally that "the president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach" the president. [8]

We agree with Senator Biden, and it is our view that if you do not obtain the constitutionally required congressional authorization before launching preemptive military strikes against Iran or any other nation, impeachment proceedings should be pursued. Because of these concerns, we request the opportunity to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss these matters. As we have recently marked the fifth year since the invasion of Iraq, and the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq, your Administration should not unilaterally involve this country in yet another military conflict that promises high costs to American blood and treasure.

John Conyers, Jr.

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