Friday, September 08, 2006

LAT: Impeach Rumsfeld? LAT: Impeach Rumsfeld?

LAT article titled: "How to Punish Rumsfeld: Impeachment by a Republican Congress is dead on arrival, but critics will have a better shot after November" is a classic case of the headline writers not really reading an article very closely. The author, Michael Gerhardt, first pointed out why impeachment was a non-starter, and then went on to suggest that maybe the Democrats could do something about this evil, evil, man if they win both houses of Congress in November.

Needless to say, this article doesn't help their cause one bit. The author is reaching back to Abu Ghraib, mentions the use of torture (without mentioning that American troops have never been authorized in this war to violate either the treaty against torture or the Geneva Conventions), and even grabs at the NSA TSP program. Wake up. Abu Ghraib was over three years ago, and the perps are either in prison, or are out having served their time. All the way up the chain of command up to the BGR, officers were disciplined. In short, the system worked as it is supposed to there. As to the the NSA TSP program, that was authorized by the President. Not Rumsfeld. And just think of the fallout of trying to impeach anyone for any of this stuff, with the 5th anniversary of 9/11 coming up, the President back on the offensive, the WSJ article today about how KSM, et al. were captured.

What you have going on is serious BDS, with the Secretary of Defense standing in for the President here. If the Democrats do take the House and try to impeach Bush, Cheney, or Rumsfeld, expect that their rein will be limited to two years, and the Republicans can expect to rule for the next 20.

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