We need impeachment proceedings, not Kabuki dances
Matt Tiabbi explains why the latest Iraq bill is nothing but a dance, which I have personally phrased as a Kabuki dance, i.e. a stylized, elaborate ritual style of dancing and acting.
It is time for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to announce impeachment proceedings for Bush and Cheney. There is no alternative if we truly wish to remove our troops from Iraq. None. And for those who think this is beyond the mainstream of America, then what further polling do you need than polls like this and this, which show most Americans want a definite and relatively short timetable to leave Iraq. That is the true center--which is a place I thought all politicians and corporate media pundits always tell us they want to be.
Bush and Cheney, who misled this nation into war and have committed any number of acts that are at least arguably "crimes or misdemeanors," continue to prosecute this war without end. These horrible leaders must be stopped. In some nations, there would be a coup or revolution. We don't do that here. We have legal methods to remove horrendous leadership, either by elections or impeachment. Every soldier who dies in Iraq is too great a loss for our nation, which means we must impeach Bush and Cheney.
Once impeachment proceedings begin in the House of Representatives, the dynamic will quickly turn from "what if" they get impeached to "when." This will finally put Bush and Cheney on notice that the nation has had enough of their misleading statements and actions, and their incompetence. "Elections have consequences," said Barbara Boxer last week. Well, on the issue of Iraq, this election has merely created an elaborate, stylized dance routine thus far--and we as citizens demand concrete consequences, of which impeachment is perhaps the most effective concrete action for Democrats to take. The only surprise to the Beltway corporate media pundits who see impeachment and troop removal from Iraq as too "extreme" will be how quickly the Republican leaders will recognize impeaching Bush and Cheney is in their own best interest for the 2008 elections.
Last year and the year before, I was willing to accept "President" Hastert, who was then Speaker of the House under Republican leadership, if Bush and Cheney were impeached at that time. "President" Pelosi sounds much better than that, but she would need to state she is a temporary president designed to heal the nation--and to give that statement true meaning, create a temporary bi-partisan Cabinet. There are various policy matters that may await the outcome of the 2008 election. Removing American troops from Iraq is not a policy matter that can await the outcome of the next presidential and congressional elections.