Sen. Chuck Hagel, the conservative Republican who broke ranks with George W. Bush over the failed Iraq war, says Senators on both sides of the political aisle now talk openly of impeaching the President.
"Any president who says, I don’t care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don’t care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed – if a president really believes that, then there are – what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that," Hagel said Sunday on ABC’s "This Week."
Hagel has mentioned impeachment before but this is the first time that he has said others on the Hill are talking about removing Bush from office.
Sadly, Hagel and others may now realize that the only way to deal with Bush is through impeachment.
Bush has made it clear he has no intention of honoring the will of the overwhelming majority of people who want America out of Iraq. He has no intention of obeying the law, upholding the Constitution or even displaying an ounce of simple human decency.
Bush is out of control, driven by a lust for power and a belief he is serving the "will of God" as he leads a once-great nation into the abyss. He is more dangerous to the security of this nation than any Islam-spouting terrorist or Middle-Eastern dictator.
Non-binding resolutions won’t stop Bush. Neither will withdrawal timetables that can pass the House but don’t stand a chance in the Senate and, if by some miracle actually passed both houses of Congress, couldn’t overturn the certain veto.
It’s too late for political posturing and legislative remedies. Bush must be stopped and he must be stopped now. He must be removed from office by the swiftest legal means possible.
That means impeachment.
Nancy Pelosi must take the shackles off members of her own party who have already drawn up articles of impeachment against Bush. She must allow those articles to be introduced so the House can send Bush to trial before the Senate.
Yes, I realize that impeaching and convicting Bush would hands the Presidency over to Vice President Dick Cheney – the perceived mastermind of much of the Iraq war policy. The Constitution does not provide a clear way to remove a sitting Vice President. Nixon’s Vice President, Spiro Agnew, was forced to resign after he was indicted for criminal acts he committed as governor of Maryland. Cheney’s actions as CEO of Halliburton have sparked a number of investigations but no indictments.
Some feel we can wait until January 20, 2009 when a new President will be sworn in. I’m not so sure. Time may be running out.