Looking at the history of impeachment, time and time again we’ve impeached presidents for all the wrong reasons.
Nixon resigned not because of the secret wars illegally conducted in Laos and Cambodia, but because he was caught bugging the phones of his political adversaries across the aisle and for ordering aides to break into the Democratic party headquarters at the Watergate complex. Nixon wasn’t cuffed, read his Miranda rights and thrown into the back of a squad car for violating the Constitution, Article 1 Section 8, which states that only Congress has the ability to enact war; nope, instead Nixon was given a catwalk, full media coverage and a fucking helicopter to resign from the White House. And for the rest of his life, Nixon wasn’t relegated to an 8X10 cell, given some much-need time to reflect on the hundreds of thousands of innocents that were vaporized by massive ordinance dropped by B-52 bombardiers, rather he was given the comfy post-office title of former president, living luxuriously, and from time to time making a media appearance in order to rationalize his brazen lawlessness, such as, “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” Only a madman could say something like that with a straight face.
The same goes for Clinton. Clinton wasn’t impeached for his violation of the War Powers Act when he conducted a languishing air campaign in Kosovo to squash Serbian ethnic cleansing without Congressional authority; notably, the first combat operation conducted for more than sixty days without express congressional authorization, setting the precedent for later presidents like Bush and Obama. Clinton wasn’t impeached for the economic terrorism waged against Iraq by implementing economic sanctions, which resulted in over half a million innocent deaths due to malnutrition and lack of healthcare. No, instead he was impeached because he put a cigar where he wasn’t supposed to. Gasp. How dare he!
And then there is Bush. I mean, really, take your pick — warrantless wiretaps; offshore penal colonies; torture; wars of aggression. Yet, here, amazingly enough, there is no impeachment nor resignation to be found. Actually, given the aforementioned trivial theater politics involving impeachment, I’m surprised we didn’t move to impeach Bush after he mispronounced the word “nuclear.”
Over the last half century, POTUS has progressively gotten bolder with its actions, and Congress has progressively gotten weaker in turn. Worse still, the only times when Congress has shown some “spine” in standing up to POTUS it has been for all the wrong reasons.
Presently, Obama too has waged his illegal wars. His weapon of choice? Drones. And just like Nixon, this act of war has been shrouded in secrecy, as Glenn Greenwald recently elaborated upon in the Guardian:
What has made these actions all the more radical is the absolute secrecy with which Obama has draped all of this. Not only is the entire process carried out solely within the Executive branch – with no checks or oversight of any kind – but there is zero transparency and zero accountability. The president’s underlings compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president – at a charming weekly event dubbed by White House aides as “Terror Tuesday” – then chooses from “baseball cards” and decrees in total secrecy who should die. The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark.
Furthermore, according to Obama’s “Disposition Matrix” legalese, the good president retains legal grounds to assassinate individuals based not on any actual link to terrorism but rather on “patterns-of-behavior” analyses alone. For instance, POTUS would have us believe that some poor Bedouin in Yemen has allegedly been radicalized because of intelligence reports alone, and if we don’t act now he’ll will probably conduct a terrorist attack in the near future because a.) he posted a YouTube video proclaiming “Death to the Great Satan, America!” b.) visited Afghanistan for a “cousins’ wedding” c.) has a shirt that says “I Heart Osama.” How is this even remotely legal, let alone in any way, shape or form accurate and effective?
Oh my god, unless… — Does Obama have his own Pre-Cogs?? And I thought Minority Report was just a movie!?
Barring Obama having access to any sort of clairvoyance, this ought to be an open-shut case for his immediate removal from office, and for him to face charges of crimes against humanity in international courts. It’s time we impeach POTUS for the right reasons. It’s time we stand up and speak truth to fuckery.
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