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  •  Better intelligence, more international friends (4+ / 0-)
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    DaveV, kevin22262, rapala, donnamarie

    will make us safer from terrorism.  I especially liked your insight that

    The Pakistanis in this region face crushing poverty, and if we work with them to build a better society, we can both gain their trust and reduce the incentive for local populations to join groups like al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

    This is the kind of thinking and action our government needs.  Thanks for pushing things in that direction.  

    It will be hard to get this administration to turn in this direction.  They will do what they want to do.  Even in spite of Constitional limits to their authority.  Have you given any serious thought to impeachment?  (Starting with Cheney, of course.)

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember the professionals use water."

    by Happy Days on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 10:51:57 AM PDT

    •  impeachment (2+ / 0-)
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      Yes, I have given serious thought to impeachment.  Lots of issues on that, but I am of the opinion that we shouldn't impeachment a President solely on the grounds that he is really, really wrong on a policy matter--even if that policy matter is very important.

      •  Surely there are more than policy matters... (1+ / 0-)
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        There's his circumvention the FISA courts.

        There's the obstruction of a congressional inquiry by directing a subordinate to defy a subpoena.

        There's his illegal use of signing statements

        There's the failure to comply with executive records protection

        These are all legal issues, not policy issues.  They go to the heart of the Constitution.

        Thanks for your time, Rep. Smith!

        "It's the CONSTITUTION, stupid!"

        by DaveV on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 12:14:48 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you for replying. I would ask only (1+ / 0-)
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        that you watch last Sunday's PBS Bill Moyers Journal piece on impeachment featuring Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein and Nation editor John Nichols.  You can get both the video and the transcript here. here


        "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember the professionals use water."

        by Happy Days on Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 01:42:52 PM PDT

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