Only Impeachment Can Prevent More War

Everyone knows that Bush`s Iraq
`surge` will not work. Even the authors of the plan,
neoconservatives Frederick Kagan and Jack Keane, have


the plan
cannot work with any less than an addition
of 50,000 US troops committed to another three years of
combat. Bush is only adding 40% of that number of
troops, and Defense Secretary Gates speaks of the
operation being over by summer`s end.

On January 18 a panel of retired
generals testifying on Capitol Hill slammed Bush`s surge
plan as

"a fool`s errand."
Even the easily bamboozled
American public knows the plan will not work.

latest poll released January 20
shows that only 23%
of the public support sending more troops to Iraq and
that twice as many Americans trust the Democrats in
Congress than trust Bush.

A majority of Americans (54%)
believe Bush to be neither honest nor ethical, and 57%
believe that Bush lacks `strong leadership qualities.`

Nevertheless, Bush defended his
surge plan, telling a group of TV stations last week,

"I believe it will work."

Bush is correct that it will
work–indeed, the surge is working. We have to be clear
about how the plan works. It does not mean that 21,500
more US troops will bring order and stability to Iraq.
The surge is working, because it is deflecting attention
from the Bush Regime`s real game plan.

The real game plan is to
orchestrate a war with Iran and to initiate wider
conflict in the Middle East before public and military
pressure forces the Bush Regime to withdraw US troops
from Iraq.

Two US carrier attack groups have
been deployed to the Persian Gulf. US missile systems
are being sent to oil producing countries to counter any
incoming missiles from Iran should any survive the US
attack. Israeli pilots have been training for an attack
on Iran. US war doctrine has been changed to permit
pre-emptive nuclear attack on non-nuclear countries. US
attack aircraft have been deployed at bases in Turkey. A
neocon admiral who attends AIPAC events has been made
commander in chief of US forces in the Middle East.
Obviously, the ground war in Iraq and Afghanistan are
not the focus of the Bush Regime`s new military
deployments. The Bush Regime is focused on attacking

In CounterPunch (January 16) Col.
Sam Gardiner

that the Bush Regime has put into operation
a group led by National Security Council staff whose
mission is to create and foment outrage against Iran.
Col. Gardiner details various signs of the Bush Regime`s
escalation and indicates some of the final deployments
that will signal an imminent strike on Iran, such as  "USAF
tankers moved to unusual places, like Bulgaria"
order to position them for refueling B-2 bombers on
their way to Iran.


Michel Chossudovsky
(ICH Jan. 17) and Jorge Hirsch (,
Jan. 20) have recently documented evidence that the Bush
Regime is orchestrating a crisis with Iran that can lead
to the use of nuclear weapons to attack Iran.

Civil libertarians who have
observed the Bush Regime`s concentration of dictatorial
powers in the presidency expect that war with Iran,
especially if fearful nuclear weapons are used, will be
accompanied by Bush`s declaration of a state of
emergency. The Bush Regime will use the state of
emergency to grab more arbitrary and dictatorial powers
in the name of protecting `national security interests`
and American citizens from `terrorism.`

As the Regime`s crimes against the
US Constitution and humanity will be monstrous, dissent
will be throttled in ways that will make Americans
afraid to speak, or even to think, the truth. By
stifling dissent, the Bush Regime will escape
accountability for launching wars on the basis of
blatant lies. It will complete its destruction of the
civil liberties that protect free speech, dissent, and
Americans from arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention
without charges or access to attorneys.

Congress is wasting precious time
with non-binding resolutions and debates over cutting
off war funding. The Bush Regime is rushing the country
into a war and a domestic police state. Writing in
Slate, Dahlia Lithwick

that one of the main goals of the so-called
"war on terror" (essentially a propagandistic
hoax) is to achieve a massive expansion in unaccountable
executive power. This is a long- time goal of VP Cheney
and his chief of staff, David Addington. It is also the
main goal of the "conservative" Federalist
Society, an organization of Republican lawyers from
whose membership Republican judicial nominees are drawn.

American public opinion is being
manipulated. In the name of protecting "American freedom
and democracy," the Bush regime rides roughshod over
both as it ignores both the public and Congress and
proceeds with a catastrophic policy supported by no one
but the Bush Regime and a cabal of power-mad

Nothing can stop the Regime except
the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney. This is
America`s last chance.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.