Murtha: Bush could face impeachment over Iraq

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Rep. John Murtha

President George W. Bush could face impeachment if he continues to refuse to deal with Congress on setting a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Democratic Congressman John Murtha said Sunday.

Appearing on CBS News’s Face the Nation, Murtha said impeachment is “one of the options” for dealing with Bush’s refusal to accept a timetable for withdrawal of troops from the President’s failed war in Iraq.

Murtha’s comments came after Secretary of State Condi Rice told host Bob Schieffer that Bush will not only veto any Iraq funding bill that sets a timetable for withdrawal but would also reject any bill that sets “benchmarks” for the Iraqi qovernment.

Rice said the president would not agree to a plan that penalizes Baghdad if the Iraqi government fall shorts. To do so, she said, would remove the ability of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, and other leaders to do their jobs.

“What we don’t want to do is to tie our own hands so that we cannot act creatively and flexibly to support the very policies in Iraq that we’re trying to enforce,” Rice said.

Rather, Rice said, it makes sense to give Iraq’s leaders time to meet the goals they have set. She said Bush has made clear to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that people in the United States have limited patience.

“The United States is paying in blood and treasure,” Rice said. “The Iraqi leadership is being told — and I think they understand — that the kind of Iraq there is going to be is up to them. We can’t give them a united Iraq.”

Comments

  1. Bill Jonke

    Made a pact with the Devil. That’s the only logical explanation for him to be undead.

    I guess you could say that Cheney sucks too!

  2. CheckerboardStrangler

    If anyone thinks that Dick Cheney will fire off a terse one line resignation a la Spiro Agnew they have another think coming.
    We might be very much in Nixon Territory but this is one aspect of the story that wont be repeated. Darth Cheney is already planning the next false flag op and practicing his best snarl in the mirror.

    I’m just sayin….;-)

  3. SEAL

    I was wondering? When was the last time anyone saw Cheney out in the sunlight? Everytime I see him he’s in the dark enclaves of power somewhere.

    We talk about impeachment all the time for these two but that is way too little and at least 4 years too late. Considering the enormity of all they have done, impeach would be like giving a serial killer a 6 month probation. The most horrendous thing they have done is the least talked about or pointed out. We constantly express great sorrow and blame them for the 3200+ American soldiers they have killed but almost never the astronomical number of Iraqi deaths they are directly responsible for. The last time anyone made a legitimate effort to ascertain the number was almost two years ago and they found that the minimum figure was 600,000, possibly as high as 800,000.

    Today, I think the number of Iraqis that have died since we invaded must be close to a million. I guess the fact that we did not shoot or blow up each one ourselves is what makes the difference to the media and the polititions or the public. Besides, they are just arabs who are killing each other, right? It’s a civil war, right? We want them to stop don’t we?

    The lack of any consideration for what would happen following our deposing Saddam and his government clearly demonstrates the true heart of these two despicable excuses for humans. I don’t believe for an instant they were not warned. There are too many people who understand the history of the people involved. I knew. I spent several years in that region. It’s religion and a feud that goes back thousands of years. And, what makes their lack of consideration so stupid is that it is the very thing that will prevent the Bush/Cheney plan from working. It had no chance from the beginning.

    The majority of the people in Iraq would like to see the country unified under one government. But that government would have to be a theocracy and that means war. Neither side will live under the religion of the other. So, one side has to win. The war will not stop until one side wins and rules. This is what Bush/Cheney created. They alone are responsible for every single death due to this civil war. And, there is nothing they can do to prevent it, then, now, or ever.

    Bush and Cheney are mass murderers. Two of the worst war criminals in history. They should be held up before the world in international court and judged by the world, not just us. In fact, it is the Iraqis who have the right to try them just as they did Saddam.

  4. anthny

    anthny:
    Of course if AIPAC is in the corner of Bush, Cheney and Polosi. The Impeachment will look like it’s on the table again.
    Murtha flipped out and is going for the jugglar.
    And the next senario is another 9/11 type attack which will put the Military Commissions Act in full force and we will be facing a complete dictatorship with you know who as decider.

  5. justanothercoverup

    When you look at the situation, and the actual fear that many express in regard an impeachment attempt at the Bush administration – it stands clear and obvious that impeachment – right now – is the only way of saving this country.

    The Bush administration will do whatever it may, and then we will have to deal with it, but to fail in bringing these traitors up on charges and running them out of our government will result in the total loss of Democracy in this country! Each day, through political appointments, etc., this administration grows stronger by infiltrating the government with their cronies and gathering information on all of those that vigorously oppose them; We hang on the precipice, and the abyss of dictatorship awaits us if we do not act – and Now!

    It is imperative that the MSM get involved, and that will only happen through public outrage and a grassroots effort at turning them back into real journalists – rather than the patsies they are today.

    There is little doubt that our national leaders in Journalism, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, etc., and ALL of the national broadcasting channels, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and FAUX News have betrayed the American people! They are all corporate owned, and unfortunately, seem to be in support of the Bush administration – or support them through silence and cowardice, which describes 95% of the MSM.

    Isn’t it a conspiracy when ALL of the news sources refuse to report the truth?

    How has this happened – and what can be done to change it? I have no doubt that all of these so-called “news outlets” have supported the Bush administration by their cowardice and downright complicity in going-along with whatever Bush and his corporate handlers’ want; they should all face the wrath of the American people for their utter betrayal of America – and in my opinion, should be jailed for printing and going on the air with bullshit they know is not true, and in fact is a gigantic fraud being perpetrated upon the people of the United States!

    Hey, all of you corrupt MSM TV broadcasters that refuse to report on the many impeachment rallies, refuse to conduct meaningful polls that represent the “people’s will” in wanting this entire administration impeached, and instead choose to publish “sensational” stories rather than those that could save our Democratic Republic – YOU along with the Bush administration are cowards and in all honesty, are the real danger to the safety, welfare, and general health of our Democracy!

    Traitors – each and every one of them!

  6. Boots

    Bush could face impeachment if he continues to refuse to deal with Congress…YADDA,YADDA,YADDA.

    IF…DID HE SAY IF??? MOTHER OF GOD, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE WIMPS? IMPEACH EVERY ONE OF THEM THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO IMPEACH. AND DO IT YESTERDAY.

  7. jamesp130

    There are a lot of angry people represented in the previous comments, but they are right. I am a lifelong democrat and this democratic congress is pissing me off. There are so many reasons to impeach these criminals that it takes a laundry list just to name them.
    Get Cheney first is my motto. Meanwhile let’s send Karl Rove to jail. After that Bush might wake up and smell the acrid fumes of 60 or 70 percent of the voters breathing down his cowardly neck. Oh yeah and lets get Condi too.

    Jim

  8. Ardie

    The House needs to conduct hearings for the possible impeachment of Bush, Cheney, etc. House members, if they are looking for “high crimes and misdemeanors”, could start with possible violations of Title 18, U.S. Code sec. 371, which prohibits conspiracies to defraud the United States.

  9. April-May

    White House Robber Barons need to be impeached, and meantime the Demos can’t seem to find their ass with both hands.