Now, however, he's singing a different tune. He is revealing the reason why he lost the courage of his convictions. And in so doing, he is exposing the cynicism inherent in the politics of convenience. As reported by The Nation, Conyers went on Democracy Now! and uttered the following:
Impeachments come to the Judiciary Commitee. And, believe me, to tie up this government just as we're trying to stop the war and the clock is running on both the President and the Vice President, I think would be a mistaken strategy. We've got to win the next election which is next year.
What did I tell you, good readers? Congressional Democrats are so worried about protecting their party's presidential ambitions, that they'll let traitors and criminals get away with their shit with nary a slap on the wrist. Conyers knows full well Democrats won't be able to end the war in Iraq or prevent war with Iran, because George W. Bush and Dick Cheney think they will face no penalty for their multitude of crimes and therefore will not stop doing what they're doing.
I'll list just some of the crimes Bush and Cheney have committed that justify impeachment: Illegal surveillance; torture of prisoners; illegal arrests (kidnapping); denial of charge and trial; lying to Congress and the public about Iraq; manipulating and falsifying intelligence; leaking the identity of a covert CIA operative; criminal negligence for 9/11/2001 and Hurricane Katrina. All of these crimes and more have been committed by the Bush regime. Yet Conyers is saying he will not pursue impeachment of the Shrub and his co-dictator, because it might jeopardize his party's chances of winning the presidency?
Someone ought to explain to Mr. Conyers, in the strongest terms possible, what happened to Gerald Ford when he refused to let Richard Nixon be prosecuted for crimes the latter committed as president. Someone ought to explain to Conyers the awful consequences of letting Reagan and Bush Sr. off the hook for treason.
Or maybe just threaten a recall election if he doesn't do as he's told. The American public gave Democrats control of Congress last year because we want Bush and Cheney and their regime to be stopped in their tracks. The only way to do that is through impeachment.