Constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein is in the house. He drew up the original articles of impeachment against Clinton now he believes that Bush also needs to be impeached in order to save our constitution. I also call on Markos Moulitsas founder of the Daily Kos and co-author of Crashing the Gates. We discuss the upcoming YearlyKos Convention.
The Senate Armed Services Committee today unanimously approved President Bush’s nomination of Robert M. Gates to be the next secretary of defense, replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld, the panel’s chairman announced.
The announcement by Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) came after Gates testified before the committee in an open confirmation hearing and a closed session, impressing senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties with what they described as his “candor.”
The nomination now goes to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, which could be held as soon as tomorrow.
Gates told the committee that “all options are on the table” in dealing with the situation in Iraq, and he said he does not believe that U.S. forces currently are winning the war there.
Appearing before the committee after a breakfast meeting with Bush, Gates said in his opening remarks that he is “open to a wide range of ideas and proposals” in Iraq, and he pledged to consult urgently with military leaders, combatant commanders in the field and members of Congress, among others, if confirmed.
He warned that the war in Iraq risks provoking a “regional conflagration” unless a new strategy can arrest the nation’s slide toward chaos. He called the status quo there unacceptable and said Iraq would be his “highest priority.”
Asked by Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, whether “you believe we’re currently winning in Iraq,” Gates answered, “No, sir.” He repeated the assessment when asked the same question by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (more…)
From today’s NYT:
Poppy Bush and James Baker gave Sonny the presidency to play with and he broke it. So now they’re taking it back.
They are dragging W. away from those reckless older guys who have been such a bad influence and getting him some new minders who are a lot more practical.
In a scene that might be called “Murder on the Oval Express,” Rummy turned up dead with so many knives in him that it’s impossible to say who actually finished off the man billed as Washington’s most skilled infighter. (Poppy? Scowcroft? Baker? Laura? Condi? The Silver Fox? Retired generals? Serving generals? Future generals? Troops returning to Iraq for the umpteenth time without a decent strategy? Democrats? Republicans? Joe Lieberman?)
The defense chief got hung out to dry before Saddam got hung. The president and Karl Rove, underestimating the public’s hunger for change or overestimating the loyalty of a fed-up base, did not ice Rummy in time to save the Senate from teetering Democratic. But once Sonny managed to heedlessly dynamite the Republican majority — as well as the Middle East, the Atlantic alliance and the U.S. Army — then Bush Inc., the family firm that snatched the presidency for W. in 2000, had to step in. Two trusted members of the Bush 41 war council, Mr. Baker and Robert Gates, have been dispatched to discipline the delinquent juvenile and extricate him from the mother of all messes. (more…)