Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich defied his party leadership on Monday by calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush for launching the Iraq war -- but his move was not expected to go anywhere. [Because none of his colleagues--the 434 other members of Congress elected by the American people--will support him.]
The Ohio representative outlined his intention to propose more than two dozen charges against Bush on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kucinich, a former presidential candidate, accused Bush executing a "calculated and wide-ranging strategy" to deceive citizens and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States.
He outlined 35 articles of impeachment, including the current administration's actions regarding Medicare, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and September 11, 2001. He stood up for over three hours tonight, addressing five people in an otherwise empty House. The entire speech was covered on CSPAN.
Over on CNN, Anderson Cooper had a discussion with two black men and one white man about whether Barack Obama should point out that in addition to possibly being the first black President of the United States, he would also be the 14th Scottish-Irish President. Tomorrow Anderson will hear opinions from Colin Farrell and a box of Lucky Charms.
I'll look for a transcript of the Articles so you can read for yourself why the Bush administration should be prosecuted. Also from the Reuters article,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she opposes trying to remove the Republican president who leaves office next January because such an attempt would be divisive and most likely unsuccessful.
So we should simply let documented criminals run free because it would be "divisive" and "unsuccessful" to prosecute them? I know that's not an exact quote from Speaker Pelosi, but that it the sentiment she has repeatedly expressed. Here's an exact quote:
I wish Speaker Pelosi would visit some veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan; the soldiers and Marines going through post-traumatic stress disorder; the 4,000+ dead Americans, the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and the millions of displaced people who can never go home to their country again; the families affected by the loss of a mother or father or brother or sister or daughter or son due to war; the 9/11 rescue workers plagued with chronic respiratory failure; the women serving in the U.S. military who are "more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq"; and the residents of New Orleans who 1) still can't go back home and 2) are being poisoned by formaldehyde-soaked trailers.
I wish she would tell them to their faces that we can't impeach the people squatting in the White House because it's too tough. Like math. Or starting an illegal war. Oops, that one's easy.
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