Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Response from Speaker Pelosi on The Question of Impeachment

In a previous post in February of 2007, I posted an open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the U.S. House of Representatives, calling for the impeachment of the top members of the Bush Administration for their crimes against the citizens of the United States.

And now, in June of 2007, Speaker Pelosi has delivered a response to the letter, posted in entirety below:

June 5, 2007

Dear Garlynn:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush. I appreciate hearing from you.

Like you, I agree that the Bush Administration has failed to provide the tools our troops need to get the job done in Iraq and a plan to get them home safely. The war in Iraq has resulted in the loss of more than 3,300 American lives, wounded more than 16,000 of our men and women in uniform, ended or shattered countless Iraqi lives, and cost American taxpayers more than $200 billion. Searches for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the President's justification for the war, failed to find anything. A top White House official has been criminally indicted and convicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation into the disclosure of the identity of a CIA operative in connection with the Administration's attempts to discredit critics of the war.

Congress has a responsibility to hold the Bush Administration accountable for miscalculating the risks, misunderstanding the challenges, and misrepresenting the facts and intelligence that brought us into the war. As we begin the 110th Congress it is my intention to have Congress conduct a thorough investigation of these matters. Please be assured that reinstituting checks and balances through rigorous congressional oversight will remain among my highest priorities as we begin in a new direction for our nation.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me on this issue. For more information on this and other issues, I invite you to visit my website at www.house.gov/pelosi. I hope you will continue to communicate with me on matters of concern to you.


Nancy Pelosi
Member of Congress

I can only speculate as to why it took so long to receive a response on this issue. Perhaps this is a signal that, at long last, the Democrats will soon begin to play hardball with the President and his party?

We can only hope.


adron said...

The only problem is, they're as unpopular as he is these days for being spineless and attempting to tack massive bills through already.

Almost all of which have been tossed aside.

But I digress. Neither the mock Republicans in office or the spineless Democrats that are there now are going to fix this situation fast enough or well enough to alleviate blowback that one day, will cost the US and its citizens money, more lives, and a lower standard of living.

Garlynn Woodsong said...

Adron, I completely agree. I look forward to at some point reforming our electoral system to allow for ranked-choice voting, or some other method that would give third parties a more level playing field. I think that one of the solutions to the current political problem is to allow other voices, such as those of the Pacific Green Party and the Libertarians, to be seriously heard at the national level.

As for a "lower standard of living," I'm not sure this is required. I think it's quite possible to maintain our high standard of living, and to do so using a lot less petroleum. It's really just a logistical question, as I see it.