Barack Obama’s presidency has entered a new, and possibly terminal, stage of crisis, as Vice President Joe Biden has called for his impeachment.
“I made it clear to the President,” a furious Biden declared, “that if he takes this nation to war without Congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him. That is a fact.”
Biden’s comments reflect growing Democrat anger at President Obama’s unilateral military action. In the House, where the impeachment process must begin, Representative Dennis Kucinich has already begun talking about removing Obama from office, which is consistent with his previous stance on President George Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), the only Muslim representative in Congress, has said “impeachment should be on the table.”
While not willing to go as far as joining Vice President Biden’s open call for impeachment, current House Minority Leader, and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is angry that Obama went to war without consulting Congress. “”I do believe that Congress should assert itself and make it very clear that there is no previous authority for the president, any president, to go into Libya,” Pelosi stated.
Things are looking grim in the Senate, too. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) has introduced legislation stating that “no funds … may be obligated or expended for military operations or activities within or above the territory of Libya, or within the territorial waters of Libya, except pursuant to a specific authorization of Congress.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated his support for this legislation. Speaking for the freshman Democrat class in the Senate, a recently elected senator told the Boston Globe that “the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The impeachment drive has gathered strength among Democrats outside of Congress as well. Most remarkably, the state of Vermont has voted to impeach the President, condemning him for launching an “unnecessary” war. They also want Obama impeached for “conspiring” with the rogue soldiers who murdered a civilian in Afghanistan and photographed themselves posing with the corpse, even though the President had no direct connection with these actions, did not order them, and has supported a prompt investigation of the incident.
Vermont voters were also angered by Obama’s “indefinite detention” of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, “without charges, without legal counsel, and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention.”
It remains to be seen how President Obama can survive such a powerful drive to remove him from office, with so many prominent figures in his own party, and even his own Vice President, clearly calling for…
Whoa, wait a second, what the…
Gosh, I’m sorry folks, I made a really silly mistake here. I forgot to set the date parameters in my Google search. This is all stuff the Democrats said a few years ago about Bush, not Obama. They were talking about operations in Iraq, and the looming possibility of action against Iran. The only person mentioned above who actually has been treating Obama the same as Bush is Dennis Kucinich. The “recently elected senator” who firmly informed the Boston Globe that unilateral Presidential military action in the absence of an imminent threat is un-Constitutional was Barack Obama himself.
On behalf of the Democrat Party, I’d like to ask you to forget you read this article, along with everything any Democrat ever said about congressional war-making powers prior to 2009. Thanks for your cooperation!
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