Friday, September 22, 2006

No War With Iran

With the Republican majority in Congress under serious threat, we are already hearing the rumblings of an "October Surprise" from Reichsfuhrer Rove. This October Surprise is rumored to be an attack, probably a massive air strike, on Iran. That the Bush junta may be considering an unprovoked attack on a sovereign foreign nation to boost Republican election chances is monstrous, if true. The Bush people are apparently willing to plunge this nation into a major war in order to cling to power, regardless of the potentially catastrophic consequences for the world, regardless of how many Iranians would be killed, regardless of whether this starts a war with the broader Islamic world, regardless of the danger it would pose to our men and women in Iraq, and regardless of the destabilization of the entire Middle East it would cause--and all without Congressional authorization. This has to be stopped at all costs.
There is this quaint document that governs this country called the Constitution. If I may quote from Article I, Section 8:
Section 8. The Congress shall have power...

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
Now maybe it's just me, but that sounds pretty clear cut. Bush already holds our constitution in contempt. An unauthorized attack on Iran would be a particularly egregious violation of it. It would also be fully in character with Bush and Cheney's authoritarian personalities. Bush governs increasingly like a dictator. His recklessness requires an extraordinary response. We must just hope and pray that enough truly patriotic Americans are ready to give such a response. Because in a real sense, the life of our country is in the balance.

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