The Talking Lion

Friday, June 17, 2005

"At the next hearing, we could use a little subpoena power."

Decieving the American people about your extramarital affair is one thing. But manipulating intelligence to fit the policy? Lying to our citizens in the run up to the war with Iraq? If the first offense is impeachable, I don't see how these crimes committed by the Bush administration should go unexamined.

Maybe Bush doesn't deserve to get impeached. After all, there's certainly not enough evidence at present to make such a claim. But with the leaking of the Downing Street Memo combined with the lack of WMDs and the toll this war has taken on the American people in the form of over 1,700 soldiers killed and thousands more wounded, there needs to be an investigation. Things should be looked into.

Dana Milbank discussed yesterday's "mock impeachment hearing" held by the Democrats in his Washington Sketch column in today's WP. Milbank referred to the participants in the simulated hearing as "Conyers and his hearty band of playmates," and basically dismisses the whole thing as a few leftist activists "playing house." The unfortunate thing is, he's pretty much dead on in this analysis. After all, as Milbank points out,

A search of the congressional record yesterday found that of the 535 members of Congress, only one -- Conyers -- had mentioned the memo on the floor of either chamber. House Democratic leaders did not join in Conyers's session, and Senate Democrats, who have the power to hold such events in real committee rooms, have not troubled themselves.

While this is true, it's important to remember that you have to start somewhere. The DSM has suddenly come onto the radar screen of the mainstream media over this past week, even if it has yet to make major headway on the front pages or the network news. While yesterday's event may have simply been a game of make-believe, it will hopefully be the beginning of something much more serious. Congress owes the American people at least that much.


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