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Today's big story is, of course, Seymour Hersh's article on Bush and… 
9th-Apr-2006 10:27 am
militant owl
Today's big story is, of course, Seymour Hersh's article on Bush and Iran. (Read it at: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact if you haven't already). I've been reading a friend of a friend's personal reports (musings, experiences, frustrations, fears) from Iraq for about a year now. He's in MI, and he's been saying Iran is next for longer than I've been reading his stuff. He hadn't mentioned nukes, though; we've reached a whole new level of crazy here.

Meanwhile, The Raw Story reports that our intelligence on Iran's nuclear program is seriously impaired because the CIA team working on it included, you guessed it, Valerie Plame (story at: http://www.rawstory.com/news/2005/Outed_CIA_officer_was_working_on_0213.html). How badly was our monitoring capacity damaged? "Several intelligence officials described the damage in terms of how long it would take for the agency to recover. According to their own assessment, the CIA would be impaired for up to "ten years" in its capacity to adequately monitor nuclear proliferation on the level of efficiency and accuracy it had prior to the White House leak of Plame Wilson's identity." So we're considering nuking Iran to get rid of a nuclear program that we don't have good information on because our government decided it was more important to score political points than preserve the integrity of our intelligence operations. WTF.

Until recently I've been reluctant to support the idea of impeachment on the grounds that "President Cheney" sounded even more dangerous than "President Bush", and that if we could somehow take them both out we'd end up with Stevens, who would wreak irrecoverable damage on our environment. I'm getting less reluctant. At this point, we need anything that demonstrates that there are limits to presidential power, and in particular the power of commander in chief to engage in military action without the sanction of a congressional declaration of war.

At our house this morning we are grateful that we all have our Australian passports so we'll have somewhere to go, just in case.

Russ Feingold rocks like Gibraltar.
9th-Apr-2006 11:22 pm (UTC) - Impeachment and indictment
I don't think we can get to impeachment without investigations/indictments/convictions of significant numbers of administration officials, such that by the time impeachment went through, there's no way that a Cheney administration (though I think he could be impeached as well, for contempt of Congress and conspiracy if nothing else) would have the strength or focus that the current administration has.

Australia sounds nice. I know some Australian poetry: can I come?
10th-Apr-2006 02:10 am (UTC) - Re: Impeachment and indictment
You always have a place at our house, any time, anywhere. 'You' including your family, of course.

And Pppthphhtooie to you, for being the voice of reason. Yes, of course, there are many annoying technical steps in the process. I want them gone. Gone. GONE. GGGOOONNEEE!!!!!! I need to vent rage at the lunatics who have taken a reasonably functional country, ok it had its faults, but not bad as these things go, and turned it into a F-ing nightmare.

Which raises the question: Why am I more comfortable raging in comments than in regular entries?
10th-Apr-2006 03:12 am (UTC) - Re: Impeachment and indictment
I don't know if I'd call it the "voice of reason" as much as I'm pointing out that the only plausible scenario for impeachment turns out OK, but it's a lot of hard work. OK, maybe that does make me VOR du jour, but I'm the one cataloging my impeachment fantasies: http://ahistoricality.blogspot.com/2005/12/index-impeachment.html

The "spur of the moment" nature of comments gives us permission to be less moderated than the "considered" posts. It takes special talent, or a complete lack of self-consciousness, to rant in posts.

And thanks.
10th-Apr-2006 01:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Impeachment and indictment
That's right, I'd forgotten about your index, though I had fun looking through it and fantasizing a while back.
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10th-Apr-2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
That's ok, its a soft, fluffy, absorbent journal.

What do we do? We take back the house and senate. And hope the Democratic leadership then finds the guts to take these idiots down. I choose to believe those things will happen, it's what gets me through the day.
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