Impeachment Watch XLI
More and more liberals are expressing their anger that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are apparently not going to impeach President Bush. Over at Common Dreams, R. W. Behan dips his toes
into the fetid swamp of 9-11 Denial in pursuit of a high crime:The controversies rage on yet today about the events of September 11, 2001. No steel building has ever collapsed from fire alone. Buildings falling precisely into their footprints are the marks of deliberate (and expert) demolition. The faulty construction/foreshortened lifespan/insurance angle. The collapse of a third building that was not hit at all. The short-selling of airline stock in previous days. The Pentagon hit by a missile, not a civilian airliner. Michael Rupert’s book “Crossing the Rubicon” lays the blame for 9/11 directly at Dick Cheney’s feet. Senator Robert Dole’s former chief of staff, Mr. Stanley Hilton, claims he can prove George Bush signed an order authorizing the attacks. Half the people polled in New York city believed the Bush Administration had prior knowledge of the attack, and “consciously failed” to act. Et cetera.
Behan's an idiot "Truther". No steel building has ever collapsed from fire alone? That's not true, but even if it were, how does 9-11 change that? The two towers did not collapse from fire alone; there was the little matter of two planes ramming into them and severing many of the structural steel columns that supported the building. WTC 7 was hit by debris from the North Tower (which also exposes the fallacy of claiming that the buildings fell "precisely into their own footprints". In fact, well over a dozen buildings were damaged by the collapse of the towers, including the Winter Garden, which was over 500 feet away.
But anyway, the only reason he brings in the 9-11 Denial is that he sees it as a way to get the impeachment process ginned up:We need to know the truth and all the truth. The time has come, as well as the opportunity, for formal, Congressional investigations, based on subpoenas, sworn testimony, and direct evidence about 9/11 and about the created reality of the “war on terror.”
The new Congress has no greater Constitutional duty than to find this truth and display it, if our nightmarish politics is to end. If such inquiries clearly exonerate the Bush Administration, the nation can breathe deeply and go on. If they do not, then but only then should impeachment be undertaken.
Meanwhile, over at the Huffpo, Tom Gilroy is bitter as well:But here we are a little over a month later to find the war hawks seriously floating INCREASED troop levels, Bush repeating we're staying in Iraq until victory, and Nancy Pelosi claiming impeachment's not an option. Say what?