Why are the Democrats not impeaching Dick Cheney?

11 Nov

It is disappointing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has publicly said “impeachment is off the table”. According to the same AP article, “Debate on Cheney impeachment averted” dated 6 November, the motion to impeach Dick Cheney has been voted and moved to the House Judiciary Committee for further study, effectively preventing a debate on the House floor. This is despite ample evidence revealing the extent of the lies and deceit that the Administration has cooked up in order to justify the Iraqi invasion.

The resolution sponsored by Dennis Kucinich, (HRES 333) to impeach the vice president for “high crimes and misdemeanors” stated that Dick Cheney has violated his “constitutional oath” as an office bearer and “purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States” to invade Iraq.

It also cited that Dick Cheney “subverted the national security interests of the United States by setting the stage for the loss of more than 3300 United States service members; the loss of 650,000 Iraqi citizens since the United States invasion; the loss of approximately $500 billion in war costs which has increased our Federal debt; the loss of military readiness within the United States Armed Services due to overextension, lack of training and lack of equipment; the loss of United States credibility in world affairs; and the decades of likely blowback created by the invasion of Iraq.”

The resolution also accuses the man of deceit by drawing up an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda; and that the Vice President’s “recent belligerent actions towards Iran are destabilizing and counterproductive to the national security of the United States.”

Anti-war activist, Cindy Sheehan, has also called for impeachments against Bush and Dick Cheney. When Nancy Peloski refused to move proceedings against Bush, the anti-war activist said she would contest against the House Speaker in 2008. Cindy and a group of protestors were also arrested and fined for protesting at Capitol House earlier July this year when they confronted Representative John Conyers, who is the chair of the Judiciary Committee.

While Pelosi has argued that their concern should be “bringing the troops home”, Cindy has countered that impeachment is important for it “will not only bring resolution and justice to our nation and the world” but also holds the current administration accountable and as such, prevent future administrations from committing similar “blatant and belligerent crimes”. She also argued that the “president is not above the law, or the law”.

The anti-war activist also reasoned that impeachment is a “constitutional remedy for elected or appointed officials who are abusing their powers.”; that the argument that impeachment will bog down Congress does not give justice to it; and that polls have shown that most Americans want proceedings instituted against Bush and his administration.

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One Response to “Why are the Democrats not impeaching Dick Cheney?”

  1. LaPopessa November 11, 2007 at 10:17 pm #

    Bush’s approval ratings could drop to 5% and this Congress would still be afraid to take on the administration and hold them accountable for their crimes. I had high hopes in 2006 for the new Congress. That didn’t last long.

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