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Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum?
Monday, 23 April 2007 21:28
by Paul J. Balles

"Impeachment Fever Rises" writes John Nichols in The Nation. He says "When Nancy Pelosi announced last fall that impeachment was "off the table," official Washington accepted that the primary avenue for holding lawless Presidents to account had been closed off by the new Speaker of the House."

According to Nichols, the public has had enough of Bush's ongoing disregard for the demands of the electorate, the Congress and the Constitution.

Those in state governments, like Vermont, who have taken the issue seriously have also realized that if proceedings were started for impeaching Bush, that Cheney would also have to be impeached. Cheney is as guilty as Bush, if not more so, of the impeachable offences of the administration.

How, then, could Nancy Pelosi, next in line for the presidency, support impeachment? Successful proceedings would make her commander in chief.

Even if a grass roots effort were to pressure more than the ten state legislatures who have already called for impeachment, the issue would be the kind of government Nancy Pelosi might administer. Would the country be any better off under Pelosi than the neocon warmongers?

She has one good deed in her favour and one not so laudable spot on her record. The good deed was her meeting with Syria's president Assad. That showed ability on her part to deal with foreign governments that we have problems with diplomatically rather than threateningly.

The not so good deed was her commitment to Israel made at the annual AIPAC meeting in Washington. As Mark Gaffney asked in Common Dreams News Center, since the Democratic Party is supposed to represent the grass roots, "what is the Democratic leader of the House doing, anyway, giving a pep talk to the second largest lobby in Washington? Indeed, to the lobby of a foreign power?”

Gaffney points out that Pelosi repeats the untrue mantra about Israel's survival being the biggest issue. He adds that “According to Pelosi, the biggest danger to Israel today comes from Iran, whose nuclear ambitions, though still unproved, also threaten the US."

There's absolutely nothing in Pelosi's speech to AIPAC that is remotely critical of anything that Israel is doing or has done. She never mentions the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, nor the illegal settlements, nor the proliferation of Israel's nuclear arsenal.

When are the grass roots going to get fed up with every politician in Washington yielding every bit of integrity they might have to AIPAC and Israel? Impeachment proceedings won't solve the greatest problem America has. Pelosi is either very ignorant or she's as much of a fabricator as Bush and Cheney, or she wouldn't have said, ""There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. This is absolute nonsense. In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been: it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist."

Pelosi can't possibly be that uninformed and have reached the exalted position she holds. .Her concluding statement was an insult to the rest of the world: "The United States will stand with Israel now and forever. Now and forever."

The lies and distortions and the manic behaviour of Bush and Cheney evolved out of their desire to appease AIPAC and Israel. If they were impeached for that behaviour and replaced by Pelosi, nothing of consequence in U.S. Middle East policy would change.

Pelosi’s next goal in this part of the world is the same as Israel’s and AIPAC’s. The aim of all, in the words of Senator John McCain, is “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran. Neocons or neolibs—what’s the difference--Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum?
 
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Pelosi's problem
is not that she's uninformed. She's a bit of a coward. She's more than a bit stupid and very much self-interested. And she doesn't give a damn about the United States of America.

History may very well lay the blame for the final demise of the American republic at the feet of Nancy Pelosi. Her presence in the Speaker's chair at this moment in history is nothing less than a perfect storm of stupidity, incompetence, cowardice and corruption. Democrats couldn't have chosen a worse leader. And the biggest tragedy of all is they haven't got one that's any better.
 
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