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Proviso Probe

Monday, July 23, 2007

Democrats claim they want to end Iraq occupation; I say prove it

Yahoo (Natasha T. Metzler) wrote an article about Cindy Sheehan being arrested for protesting for impeachment at the office of Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Conyers chairs the House Judiciary Committee where impeachment hearings would happen, the first step of the process that could lead to trying members of the executive branch for bribery, treason or other high crimes and misdemeanors in the U.S. Senate.
Conyers introduced a bill last term calling on Congress to determine whether there are grounds for impeaching Bush. [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi has steadfastly dismissed any talk of impeachment, saying Democrats should focus their efforts on ending the war in Iraq.

Why are ending the occupation of Iraq and impeaching members of the executive branch for behaving illegally mutually exclusive?

BTW, what progress can Democrats show toward ending the occupation of Iraq? Aren't there more U.S. military personnel in Iraq now than when the Democrats were elected? What's the plan for ending the occupation?

Isn't in conventional wisdom among Beltway Democrats that as long as the voters are blaming Bush and the Republicans for the Iraq debacle that it's better to allow the war to fester so Democrats can use the issue in the 2008 elections?

BTW, don't Saudi Arabia and Israel--countries that exercise huge influence over U.S. Middle East policy--both want the United States to continue to occupy Iraq? And aren't Democrats exceedingly reluctant to offend the Israel lobby?

[UPDATE: Fire Dog Lake quoted Dr. Maryam, an Iraqi medical relief worker:
Stop telling lies to yourself American. We know that your racist brutal murdering war criminal troops came from your society and reflect its values. we know that because we see how they behave and have to bury their victims. If you are stupid enough to think we feel anything but hatred and contempt for your soldiers and the country that sent them to make war on my people then you are a fool.

As to Saddam bad though he was your country is far worse.

[The truth is humbling, eh? What can we tell someone like Dr. Maryam? "When we're not inflicting suffering on your country we like sports, home cooking and... we're not so bad...."]

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