Okay, I'm back on the impeachment track. Was temporarily derailed, sorry. Hat tip to Perhansa for directing me to Bill Moyers' interview with John Nichols of the Nation, and Bruce Fein, a former Justice Department official during the Reagan administration who drafted articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton.
Go there and read the transcript, or watch the interview on the You-Tube link provided. And any excuses I've made for Nancy Pelosi or other "leading" Dems, I now take 'em back. The Republican leaders remain scum of the earth and I've always said so, so nothing to take back there. Mea culpa, hie thee to the link. But click here for Moyer's closing statement.
Moyers ends with this: "As that debate [on what to do about the Iraq war] revealed Congress is polarized and paralyzed. And down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, President Bush still was insisting Congress should stay out of the war. He and Vice President Cheney are holding out for better news from Iraq in September. But when September comes, you can count on more appeals for delay or excuses. That's the formula for perpetual war - what our founders most feared, because it would turn our Constituion on its head, throwing off the checks and balances so crucial to liberty, and leaving all power in an imperial executive. Already the war in Iraq is in its 5th year, costing $10 billion a month, with the casualties mounting. All week a line from the poet Marvin Bell floated through my mind:
"What/shall we do, we who are at war but are asked/to pretend we are not?"
What shall we do? impeachment hearings are one way to go, as you heard Fein and Nichols say. In the meantime, those of us in public television have an obligation to make sure viewers like you stay in the loop. I wish we had carried the congressional debate this week in full - all of it - in prime time. When we broadcast teach-ins on the Vietnam war, and the Watergate hearings during the trial of Richard Nixon, it was a real public service - the reason PBS was created. We should keep Iraq in prime time every week - the fighting and dying, the suffering, the debate, the politics - the extraordinary costs. It's months until September. This war is killing us now, body and soul."