Bush and Co. don't deserve impeachment

While I wouldn't oppose chimpeachment if it were to develop organically from a robust investigation into Bushco's activities, I don't support it as a goal. To impeach would be to let this crew off way too easily.

It would be a huge energy-suck with a negligible pay-off. Bush and Cheney might be indicted in the House, but as Tim Dickinson points out on the front-page, there is zero chance that Joe Lieberman and 16 other Republicans would vote a guilty verdict in the Senate.

But let's say they did. The process would drag on for more than a year, and then the only remedy that could come of it would be the Bushies' removal from office a few months before their terms end.

These guys stand accused of incredibly serious crimes, including the most serious crime according to the precedent established at Nuremberg: waging a war of aggression. I can't get behind any process that doesn't offer the possibility of prison or other real sanctions. It's a criminal prosecution for war crimes, implementing a policy of torture and violating the Constitutional rights of tens of thousands of Americans that's worth a hard fight.


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