WILL FAKE IMPEACHMENT PUNDITS
NEW YORK, July 22, 2007---There
seems to be a trend among at least some people calling for impeachment.
They support impeachment, but would be satisfied if President Bush and
Vice President Richard Cheney are just made to say, "sorry, folks."
Sorry for what? Sorry for lying to our
faces about the invasion and occupation of Iraq, usurping the power of
Congress, using 500 billion dollars of taxpayer money to commit
genocide in Iraq in the name of the United States of America, with
600,000 Iraqis killed by one estimate, and an Iraq turned upside down
I just cite two individuals who
recently expressed support for impeachment either in writing or
The first is Robert Parry, who writes
for, and I believe is the founder of, Consortium News, an online
alternative news source. He says the following in his latest article,
The Logic of Impeachment, which may be found at
"Even if impeachment didn’t reach the
ultimate goal of removing Bush and Cheney, it would put down a marker
of congressional resistance to executive abuses. The public would get the point, too."
In a similar vein, Bruce Fein, a
well-known conservative, was recently interviewed by Bill Moyers for
"I think that if impeachment
proceedings began and the president and the vice-president sat back and
said, 'We understand now. We both understand. We renounce this claim.
No military commissions. We're going to comply with the law,' the
impeachment proceedings ought to stop and they should."
And then again:
"I've said if the president now
renouncing the power and said, 'It was wrong and I now respect and
honor the separation and the genius of the founding fathers,' that's
great. And all of the purpose of impeachment would have been
A slap on the wrist for $500 billion
of taxpayer money lost, used for the purpose of destroying a country,
torturing its citizens, and abrogating civil liberties in this country
and encouraging the undermining of these liberties internationally.
Is something wrong with this picture?
Or is there a pre-emtive movement to make sure Bush and Cheney are not
sentenced for their crimes?
Now is the time to start talking about
the sentences Bush would receive after being convicted of the crimes
the Congress will charge them with.
The question is not so much punishment
as deterrence, to make sure a strong message is sent that none will
dare ever do what Bush and Cheney did. What kind of punishment, what
kind of spectacle, will be necessary for this message to be sent? Many
readers may be thinking of the message the Italians sent when they
Benito Mussolini from his post during World War II. The Italians don't
seem to have
had another Mussolini since. Some may also be thinking of the precedent
set by the British in the way they dealt with Charles I of England.
What should the penalty be? That is
what the American people, and the Congress of the United States in
particular, should consider at this juncture.
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