Sunday, April 23, 2006

Carl Bernstein Calls For Senate Impeachment Hearings

In a recent Vanity article entitled "Senate Hearings on Bush, Now" Bernstein details the many events and issues that he feels deserve to be investigated and concludes with the following:
We have never had a presidency in which the single unifying thread that flows through its major decision-making was incompetence – stitched together with hubris and mendacity on a Nixonian scale.
The article included an inciteful quote by Retired General Gregory Newbold who said, “The decision to invade Iraq was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute [war]… or bury the results.”

At the end of the article Bernstein says:
There was understandable reluctance in the Congress to begin a serious investigation of the Nixon presidency. Then there came a time when it was unavoidable. That time in the Bush presidency has arrived.
As an interesting aside, Bernstein showed the chronology of the Senate Watergate Committee’s hearings about Nixon.

  • February 6, 1974 -- House voted to empower its Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation

  • July 27, 1974 -- The first of three articles of impeachment was approved by the committee

  • July 29-30, 1974 -- Two more articles were approved

  • August 8, 1974 -- Facing certain conviction, Nixion resigned and Gerald Ford became president

Six months. Six months of hell that could enable the next elected president to begin the mending process that can enable us to rejoin the world community instead of stand at odds with it. Six months during which there would be so much pressure on Cheney to bow out and make possible an honorable replacement to begin the restoration.

Too much to hope? Let’s not let hope have anything to do with it.

If you agree with the article, sit down and write a note to your two US senators and your congressperson. Then copy the letter to your local newspaper’s letters to the editor section. Then copy that and send it to all your friends by snail and e-mail.

I’m doing it today, right after I finish this blog entry. Care to join me?