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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

We're in a hole and the "surge" is a big shovel

Posted by: Jambo / 11:22 PM

It is a cliche' that has just about outlived it's usefulness and I think it's time to give the expression a rest, but I have to use it one last time: When you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop digging. We're in a deep and bloody hole in Iraq and Bush's "surge" is simply a bigger shovel. His new plan (which seems to be neither) that he announced tonight ominously says nothing about being temporary and it doesn't even call for any real change in methods. All it says is that we are going to do 16.3% more of what already isn't working.

Most Americans think this is a bad idea, and that includes most of congress and even apparently a good portion of senior military staff right up to the Joint Chiefs. The frustrating thing is that W simply doesn't care what anyone other than his hand picked yes men (and women) thinks and will do whatever crazy ass crap seems like a good idea in his underused atrophied brain. Honestly, short or impeachment or assassination, I don't know what would stop this idiot.

(And no, of course I am not advocating assassination. When a SE D.C. hooker tells Dick Cheney she won't go down on him until hell freezes over she is not actually advocating the freezing over of hell.)

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The most compelling argument against impeachment is the fact that Herr Cheney would then become President.
You probably weren't listning to WCCO radio this morning, but I was. Michelle B. was on, talking about her hero. She is even more obsequious than Ms. Meier, and more out of touch than her fuehrer.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 11:59 AM  

Yeah, I'm not really advocating impeachment either, for the reason you mention and a couple others. I'm feeling pretty fatalistic about the whole mess.

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:09 PM  

I don't see any case for impeachment. The greatest sins of the administration have been thrown open to the Congress -- which has validated them. You want to suspend habeas corpus? Sure. Look at people's mail and library records? Absolutely. Go to war? Here's a blank check.

What hideous sin has Bush committed that Congress hasn't endorsed?

By Blogger Hammer, at 12:52 PM  

That might fit into the "couple others" category. I am afraid it would be a stretch to find anything that amounted to a "high crime". Maybe something with international law and the treatment of prisoners. Of course there would be a whole line of underlings that would take the fall for him on that anyway. I just wish you could impeach someone for being an asshole.

By Blogger Jambo, at 2:57 PM  

Even with extraordinary rendition and the holding of prisoners without rights here and abroad, Congress has ceded those powers to the President. I don't think there's anything in the Constitution that says you can't torture non-citizens. You can be cruel and inhumane to all the foreigners you want. There's the Geneva Convention, of course, but Congress has the authority to approve treaties. Seems to me that Congress is actively giving the President the authority to selectively abrogate international treaties.

I don't think you can impeach Bush without impeaching 2/3 of Congress. Not that that would be such a terrible idea :)

By Blogger Hammer, at 3:49 PM  

If we're going to impeach Congress as well, can we start with Michelle?
I'm not sure Herr Bush gets a pass on violating treaties which are the law of the land. That's the hook on which to impeach.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 9:27 AM  

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