Dick Cheney

Zany Cheney

Send him to an undisclosed location

It is time for the Republican Grand Pooh-bahs of Congress to pay a quiet visit to the White House to deliver a message to George W Bush: Cheney is crazy and has to go.

Just when Bush was beginning to acknowledge that things weren't going all that well in Iraq; just after Bush had begun to make conciliatory noises in his State of the Union address; just as both houses of Congress were preparing resolutions disapproving the "new" Bush strategy in Iraq, principally a troop buildup; Cheney popped up in Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room to contradict most of what W had said and what any damned fool can see with his own eyes on the nightly news:

But we've had great success against al Qaeda. • But what we did in Iraq in taking down Saddam Hussein was exactly the right thing to do. The world is much safer today because of it. • Wolf, I simply don't accept the premise of your question [that some Republicans in Congress seriously question administration credibility]. I just think it's hogwash. • We are moving forward. We are moving forward [even if Congress passes resolutions opposing Iraq strategy]. • [Biggest mistake?] Oh, I think in terms of mistakes, I think we underestimated the extent to which 30 years of Saddam's rule had really hammered the population, especially the Shia population, into submissiveness. • The bottom line is that we've had enormous successes and we will continue to have enormous successes. • You heard my speech when Don [Rumsfeld] retired. I think he's done a superb job.

(See sidebar for link to complete transcript.)

Jon Stewart did a great segment on The Daily Show (right) about Cheney's appearance in the Situation Room. After the embedded video expires, view the segment here: Comedy Central (video)

Since coming into office, Cheney has been obsessed with secrecy and expansion of executive power at the expense of the other branches of government and individual liberties. He and the pentagon neocons drove administration policy, running roughshod even over other departments and agencies (like State and the CIA). For whatever reason, Cheney has become a dark, sinister presence looming over Washington, even while he, himself, remains out of sight for long periods of time. At the risk of practicing psychology without a license, the man is paranoid, delusional, nutso. His continuing presence in office poses a clear and present danger to our democracy and our standing in the world.

A scenario can be easily imagined: After a discrete come-to-Jesus meeting between W and the Congressional pooh-bahs, Cheney resigns his office for health reasons. W then nominates one of the few remaining Senate hawks to be Vice, say John McCain or Joe Lieberman.

For W there's a great upside: although he has no political capital left to spend, he could still influence the 2008 GOP presidential race. With a more rational vice-president on board, W might even manage to get something constructive done. On the downside, of course, with Cheney out of the way, the newly Democratic House and Senate would not be so hesistant to consider impeaching W.

If Bill Clinton deserved to be impeached for having sex with a White House intern, then surely George Bush deserves to be impeached for recklessly leading our country into war, bankrupting the treasury, ignoring laws and treaties, presiding over corruption of historic proportions. Rather than acting to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" he has assaulted it and damaged it at every turn.

But, with Cheney out of the way, I think there's a reasonable chance that the Democratic Congress would forego the chance to impeach W. The Dems didn't really win the last election — the Republicans lost it. The Democrats now have less than two years to convince the American people that they can govern responsibly, and they would be ill-advised to squander their time with the political circus that impeachment would become.

I could not have said it better myself!

Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson