Carol Platt Liebau: A Democrat's "Impeachable Offense"

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Democrat's "Impeachable Offense"

Joe Biden is declaiming that President Bush should be impeached if the US attacks Iran.

How funny that this senator (and no doubt many in his party) believe that it's a "high crime and misdemeanor" for a President to exercise his core authority as Commander-in-Chief in a way that they deem to be misguided. And it's just a little less than a decade after they decided that committing a felony (i.e. perjury) doesn't rise to that level.

So what it comes down to: Sexually exploiting an intern and then lying about it under oath: A-OK. Defending the U.S. in a way that Biden disagrees with as a policy matter: Impeachable offense.

Talk about the criminalization of policy differences . . .

10 Comments:

Blogger JohnnyT. said...

To add fuel to Biden's defeatocrat fire will have to be the NIE that says Iran won't have nukes/ doesn't want nukes until after 2010. Seems like everything is playing into the hand of Ahmadinjihad to obtain his blackmail tool. If Biden's side wins what will Obama/ Hillary do? They will more than likely wait until the next Republican is elected to solve this problem.

11:42 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Carol,

Senator Biden is correct. Only congress can declare war. For a president to go to war without a declaration is unconstitutional. It would be a war crime if George W. Bush attacked Iran. I don't see how you could see this otherwise.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Where have you been, Sane Woman?

I thought you had vanished into thin air once the news from Iraq began to vindicate George Bush and the U.S. Military.

Any comments on that? Of course not!

But when it comes to attacking Bush pre-emptively in order to stifle any attempt at protecting the world from a potentially nuclear madman ...

break out the megaphones!

11:07 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Greg,

Well, I guess it's nice to be missed. I did not vanish into thin air. I've just been busy.

What news from Iraq could possibly vindicate George Bush? He started this war because he said that Saddam Hussein had mass destruction weapons and planned to use them on us.

They never found those weapons.

Once again, pointing out the obvious as I always do, no mass destruction weapons, no vindication.

And I made no attack on George W. Bush. All I said was that if he does something criminal, like waging war without a declartion from congress, he has to be impeached.

It is simple and obvious. It's the law.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...
Carol, "Senator Biden is correct. Only congress can declare war."

President Bush doesn’t need to, "declare war" in order to use military force or take military action in Iran or any place else.

7:56 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Cliff,

It's pretty obvious. Only congress can declare war. It's in the constitution. If George W.Bush makes war without a declaration, he's breaking the law.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

To add to and clarify my previous post, the President does NOT need to, "declare war" in order to engage in his Constitutional authority to use the military in any forceful action. In other words, as long as he doesn’t, "declare war" he can command (as in commander and chief) the military to take any action that he so desires.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Please, "Sane", please continue with this logic. And please encourage all your Democrat buddies to do likewise.

The more Iraq rises from the shadows and ashes of decades of fascism and years of war, the more apparent will be how wrong you have all been all along.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Cliff,

So why does the constitution bother to say that it is congress, and only congress, that has the power to declare war if the president can make war?

Greg,

How could I be wrong about this all along? In 1988 I supported the sanctions that congress drew up against Saddam and was duly disappointed when they went nowhere.

One question, Greg: In 88 did you support congress or the Reagan administration on Iraq?

11:25 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Very Sane Woman, the president dosen't need to, "declare war" in order to engage and command the military!!!

8:01 PM  

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