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Kucinich ‘Wade’s Into Impeachment Issue

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio, is showing courage — and echoes of past bravery by an Ohioan on Capitol Hill — by introducing articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

In condemning Cheney for his bellicosity on Iraq and Iran, Kucinich is contributing to a healthy debate within his party and the country. He is representing the anti-war wing of the Democratic Party, whose voices mostly fell silent when President Bush began calling for war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2002. Unlike 2008 rivals Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards, Kucinich has been consistent as well as conscientious, voting against the 2002 Iraq War resolution in the House when it was politically dangerous to do so. (Clinton and Edwards both voted for the Senate legislation.)

In his policy we see reflections of the Radical Republicans who criticized President Lincoln for treading too gently against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Sen. Ben Wade of Ohio and Rep. Thad Stevens of Pennsylvania compelled Lincoln to address slavery when the Great Emancipator may have wished to ignore it. Likewise, Kucinich is proceeding with his impeachment articles despite the possible reluctance of fellow Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He said that “as much as I admire the speaker, as much as I voted to support her, I feel that it’s my obligation as a member of Congress to introduce these articles of impeachment.”

Intra-party and intra-national tensions may sound harmful to a war effort, but in truth the dialogue between pragmatism and principle is too important to abandon, even — and especially — in wartime.


November 7, 2007 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

Edwards, Hillary and Iraq War lessons

How hard it must be to support legislation that steadily seems unpalatable.  That’s the case for John Edwards, former Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2004 and current presidential candidate. Edwards has been trying to absolve his sin of voting for the Bush Iraq Senate bill in 2002 as his party and his country turn against the Iraq War.

One of Edwards’ rivals for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, was in the Senate with him in 2002 and also voted for Bush’s Iraq bill. Hillary remains on Capitol Hill and holds more hawkish views than Edwards, who is reminding voters about her refusal to abandon such militaristic stances — as evidenced by her vote to call the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

“Evidently, Senator Clinton and I learned two very different lessons from the Iraq war,” Edwards said on Wednesday. “I learned that if you give President Bush even an inch of authority, he will use it to sanction a war… While Senator Clinton tries to argue both sides of the issue, the truth is her vote opens the door for the president to attack Iran.”

Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the Congressional decision to empower Bush to attack Iraq. The war he started shows no sign of ending, and now he wants this country to involve itself in another one. Edwards’ stance in 2002 seems less important than the public service he is providing now.

October 11, 2007 at 4:48 pm 1 comment

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