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Kucinich is right - Cheney must go

Sadly politics frequently results in the appointment of people unfit for their office. Libby, Rumsfeld, Bolton, Safavian, Foggo, and Mike Brown, are among the Bush appointees who have already left under a cloud of disapproval and/or scandal. But the most dangerous of the lot is only a heartbeat away (if that) from the Presidency. Congressman Dennis Kucinich is right: It’s time to remove Cheney from power.

Mere growing disapproval of Cheney is not sufficient cause for removing him from office, but Kucinich details plenty of supporting documents for all three articles of impeachment in his House Resolution 333. Kucinich, of course, is routinely mocked as "far left", and not taken seriously as a candidate. Though I supported him four years ago, practicality has convinced me to go with Obama this time around. Still those outlier candidates, like retired politicians, are often in the best position to speak the truth.

Immediately after the election, I cautioned restraint, suggesting that a positive agenda must come before recriminations against our outlaw executive branch. Today I still agree with Woody Mena that positive legislation needs to be front and center of the Democratic Congress' agenda, and must be advanced at least as aggressively as investigations into Republican wrongdoing.

Nonetheless, we cannot continue to ignore the elephant in the room. It remains clear that the Vice President is stubbornly committed to a reckless and violent foreign policy. His approach has permeated the disastrous decision making which has been the hallmark of Bush's foreign policy. Bush asks for us to give their "new strategy" a chance, but there can be no real new strategy until he clears house. Gates has been a huge improvement over Rumsfeld, but the attack dog is still pulling the levers.

The Bush apologists will insist that "even the Democrats" were convinced that WMDs were there. But if there was anyone in the White House who had reason to doubt it, it was Cheney. His repeated trips to CIA headquarters were an obvious attempt to collect exactly the intelligence which suggested the worst, while ignoring all intelligence to the contrary. Perhaps Bush was misled, but Cheney continues to push the case for an Iraq-Al Qaeda connection, long after all serious scholars have dismissed the possibility.

Then there is the probable criminal conduct surrounding the blown cover of Valerie Plame. The day Libby was indicted, it was an outrage that Cheney did not resign. The second in command should be above suspicion. An honorable man could have spoken of the need to avoid the appearance of impropriety. A guilty man needs to stay put to cover his tracks. Patrick Fitzgerald may not have found the smoking gun to prove Cheney's criminality in a court of law, but he didn't mince words when he stated "there is a cloud over the vice president."

If this vice president is not lying, then he is seriously self-deluded. Either way, he ought to go.

Posted by Walker Willingham at May 1, 2007 7:11 AM
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Comment #218932
Libby, Rumsfeld, Bolton, Safavian, Foggo, and Mike Brown, are among the Bush appointees who have already left under a cloud of disapproval and/or scandal.

And don’t forget Deputy Secretary of State, Randall Tobias (and probably many more, soon), who quit after that high-class pimp, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, made her little black book public.

God, I love a Washington sex scandal. :/

As for Cheney… Republicans in Congress were different back in the 70s. Once they were presented with clear evidence of wrongdoing, they did the right thing. I don’t believe today’s Republicans would do that.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 1, 2007 11:19 AM
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>>I don’t believe today’s Republicans would do that.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 1, 2007 11:19 AM

AP,

The problem…Republicans are a weak minority in their own party. Neo-Republicanism is neither honorable, nor fiscally conservative.

Posted by: Marysdude at May 1, 2007 11:39 AM
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Walker,

I agree with you. Cheney must go…so Bush can appoint an heir apparent. Rudy…McCain…Fred Thompson…someone who will use the office as a springboard to the Oval Office.

Once nominated and approved, how many months of free publicity will they get?

God, the Dems couldn’t BUY that kind of exposure!

Good idea, Walker! Let’s get rid of Cheney!

Posted by: Jim T at May 1, 2007 2:07 PM
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I agree Cheney has to go, but so does Kucinich.

Posted by: KAP at May 1, 2007 7:24 PM
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WALKER: The old adage that there is no honor
among thieves, appears to bare some fruit when
Mr. Cheney’s rotten tricks are so blanetly
obvious, an so in your “face,” no less!

Posted by: DAVID at May 1, 2007 7:27 PM
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Bush just isn’t very bright. He is now looking for war Czar to manage his cabinet regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, because he, as Commander in Chief, has lost control of it all. Getting promoted to a position above your competence level is not that uncommon and most folks don’t realize they are stepping into that position until they are in it.

Cheney on the other hand, suffers none of Bush’s foibles. Cheney is a mean, cold, calculating son-of-a-bitch who would lie, break the law, and kill to achieve his objectives, and he has done all three as V.P. and he is smart and shrewd enough to have gotten away with it all, so far.

Party politics will not permit his impeachment. However, if a Democrat wins in ‘08, and Dem’s pick up seats in both houses of Congress as is expected, one can only hope that the kind of investigations will take place to uncover Cheney’s violations against this country’s Constitution, it’s military, and the people, and it will be sufficient to try him in a court of law and send him to prison where he belongs if he is found guilty of the charges brought. No Pardon necessary or warranted.

Bush should be allowed to leave office quietly like the bumbling fool he is, without further notice or discussion. Once out of office, he is irrelevant to all but family and friends, and we don’t convict folks for the Peter Principle in this country.

Just my personal opinion, but, I hear it shared by many folks, even an occasional true Conservative who loves both the Constitution and this Country and is distraught over Cheney’s actions and influence upon the Executive Branch. We have already, documented TV interview evidence of his promulgating lies to the American people long after the truth had been set free and made available to him.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 2, 2007 4:17 AM
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>>We have already, documented TV interview evidence of his promulgating lies to the American people long after the truth had been set free and made available to him.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 2, 2007 04:17 AM

Go Cheney/Bush! Go Cheney/Bush! Rah! Rah! Rah!!!

Posted by: Marysdude at May 2, 2007 9:47 AM
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Clearly, my article was not a prediction. It was about what OUGHT to happen, not what will happen. Jim T may have hit on the real reason that the majority of Democrats won’t join on Kucinich’s bandwagon. They know that the best bet for retaking the White House is to allow the administration in place to continue to bumble, and not allow any other heir apparent to establish residency there.

I stand with Kucinich on this one. It’s wrong to ignore criminality in government for expediency’s sake.

David, I essentially agree with your analysis of the Bush/Cheney dynamic, and what their post-administration fates ought to be. Those who talk of Democrats and liberals being driven by “Bush-hatred” are mostly wrong, as disdain or disrespect is a better description than hatred of what many of us feel for Bush. Talk about Cheney, and I have to admit it’s a different story.

I don’t know whether 2008 Democratic pickups across the board, if they occur, might presage a real criminal investigation of Cheney’s wrongdoing, but if I had to make a prediction, I’d say that he is more likely to be taken out first by his own health problems.

Posted by: Walker Willingham at May 2, 2007 11:05 AM
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Cheney first, then Bush. Actually if two devils could be scortched in one fire that would be best.

Maybe Americans are one heartbeat (or less) from getting rid of Cheney. Perhaps a “cell-phone” convention could be held with Cheney as the Keynote speaker. That damn Taleban, they can’t get anything right!

Posted by: Kim-Sue at May 3, 2007 7:01 PM
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