It may seem shocking to hear Vice President Joe Biden threatening to begin impeachment proceedings against Barack Obama, but Biden is clearly a man of principle. As you’ll hear him explain about five and a half minutes into this clip, he assembled a team of Constitutional scholars to buttress his own experience with teaching classes about the separation of powers in the United States government. He knows the threat of impeachment is extremely serious, which is why he doesn’t make it lightly.
“The president has… no…. Constitutional… authority to take this nation to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attacked, or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked,” Biden declared, loud and clear. “And if he does, I would move to impeach him. The House, obviously, has to do that. But I would lead an effort to impeach him.”
“This Administration has damaged us to a degree that no other Administration has in American history,” Biden declared. “We have no credibility.” He called President Obama’s effort to unilaterally declare war on Syria without Congressional approval “unconscionable,” and stressed the importance of finding ways to “make it more difficult for these cowboys to go to war.”
The host of the segment, Chris Matthews, agreed with Biden’s attitude, expressing contempt for Obama’s loose talk about “weapons of mass destruction” and “regime change” as causes for military action.
This is an absolutely stunning development. I can only assume that Biden’s determination to enforce the lawful Constitutional separation of powers will give President Obama pause as he prepares to unilaterally…
Oh, wait, sorry. This clip’s from 2007, and two-fisted Constitutional scholar Joe Biden was talking about impeaching George Bush to stop him from attacking Iran to halt its nuclear program. Everything’s different now, because we have Barack Obama as President, some “red lines” are redder than others, and we don’t have a Constitution any more.