RANGER AGAINST WAR: That'll Clip His Wings <

Thursday, March 22, 2007

That'll Clip His Wings

On a clear day
You can see forever

And ever
And ever more
"On a Clear Day," lyrics by Lerner and Lane

John Nichols, author of The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism, blogs in
The Nation on Congressman Kucinich's address to the House regarding articles of impeachment to restrain Bush from a possible impending attack upon Iran. He quotes Kucinich:

"This House cannot avoid its Constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power.

The Administration has been preparing for an aggressive war against Iran. There is no solid, direct evidence that Iran has the intention of attacking the United States or its allies.

The US is a signatory to the UN Charter, a constituent treaty among the nations of the world. Article II, Section 4 of the UN Charter states, "all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. . ." Even the threat of a war of aggression is illegal.

Article VI of the US Constitution makes such treaties the Supreme Law of the Land. This Administration, has openly threatened aggression against Iran in violation of the US Constitution and the UN Charter.

This week the House Appropriations committee removed language from the Iraq war funding bill requiring the Administration, under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution, to seek permission before it launched an attack against Iran.

Since war with Iran is an option of this Administration and since such war is patently illegal, then impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran."

Even though Speaker Pelosi is working to keep impeachment off the table, Nichols writes,
"bottom line is that Kucinich is right when he says: 'This House cannot avoid its Constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power.' The congressman deserves credit for recognizing that "impeachment may well be the only remedy" for the Constitutional crisis Bush has created, and for the crises he now schemes to create."


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