I would hope that with Iran showing it must be dealt with as an aggressor, the realization is growing that Congress should stop playing its petty political games and focus on what is really going on in the world.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reassured viewers on FOX NEWS SUNDAY that he doesn’t think the impeachment sham (my word) is weakening Trump in the eyes of the world. “Our adversaries understand that President Trump and our administration will do the right thing to protect the American people every place we find risk,” he said.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to stop playing games and trying to write her own rules for the Senate and let them get on with their constitutionally-mandated role. Now. She does not get to control the Senate trial by withholding the Articles of Impeachment as an extortion attempt. This long, long effort to stage a “slow-motion coup d’etat” needs to end, finally. We need a full-time Commander-in-Chief (not a defendant fighting bogus charges for another year) and also a full-time legislature that is focused on protecting America in an increasingly dangerous world. I know it may be too much to ask for the Democrats to think any other way than one-hundred-percent politically, but could they PLEASE, for once, at least TRY to think more objectively about the very real threat we’re dealing with?
Secretary Pompeo mentioned Pelosi in an interview Sunday with Maria Bartiromo: “As for Speaker Pelosi, she’ll have the information she needs; in fact, she’s welcome to come to Washington and receive it...I don’t think any reasonable person can read about the history of Soleimani and the intelligence that we had in our possession and conclude anything other than what President Trump concluded and...we would have been ‘culpably negligent’ had we not taken that strike when the opportunity presented itself.”
But never mind the words of Mike Pompeo; I’m sure the world was waiting breathlessly to learn what Colin Kaepernick had to say about Trump’s bold DEFENSIVE strike. Kaepernick’s tweet read, in part: “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.” Gosh, thank you, Mr. Kaepernick, for your pathetically ignorant, partisan and racist opinion, as we didn’t already have enough of these and really needed another one. You are almost as brilliant a spokesman for "progressivism" as you are talented at playing pro football.
As posted on the PowerLine blog, John Hinderaker says, “This is the kind of ignorant twaddle you expect from a radical teenager. Kaepernick has never grown up. What is significant, though, is that Kaepernick is one of the primary spokesmen for Nike, a $32 billion a year international marketing powerhouse.” In other words, Kaepernick is an idiot, but Nike has no excuse. It’s just one more example of the anti-Americanism that they know will play around the world and even, they believe, to their market here at home. With enemies such as Iran trying to hurt us, this is the last sort of attitude that deserves to be indulged.
Just for fun, I looked up "swoosh" in the dictionary and saw that it is defined as "the sound produced by a sudden rush of air or liquid." So that's just how we should think of Nike, like a rush of empty air. But I digress.
It’s long past time to bring up the level of discourse –- which could hardly get any lower; Kaepernick’s tweet is Exhibit A along with similarly brainless tweets from Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez –- and take a hard look at the growing threat posed by Iran. This cannot happen while the Democrats are so set on damaging the President in any way possible. If necessary, the Senate can change its own rules so that it can take up the impeachment trial without Pelosi’s cooperation. The Articles of Impeachment have already been published, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows what they are without having them formally delivered to him, and he can call for a Senate vote on the rule change. Madam Speaker may participate if she so chooses, but if she refuses to cooperate, she can pound sand.
When asked about this by Bartiromo, Sen. Graham said the Senate trial, with the rule change if necessary, needs to happen within “days, not weeks.” He went on: “What she’s doing is bad for the country, it’s bad for the Senate, it keeps us from getting on with the business of the American people, it denies the President his day in court. The founders never envisioned we’d have a Speaker do something like this --- withhold the Articles demanding the Senate bend to her will. It’s not gonna happen."
"If we don’t get the Articles this week," he said, "then we need to take matters into our own hands...this is abuse of power, this is constitution extortion...”
Regarding the Articles themselves, he rightly called the 'obstruction of Congress' charge “a complete constitutional joke.” As for the 'abuse of power' charge, “There was no bribery, no quid pro quo. The reason they did ‘abuse of power’ is they couldn’t prove the other two things. The President did nothing wrong. 'Abuse of power,' in this context, is impeaching the President because you don’t like him.”
The Senate should give Pelosi a few more days and then go right on without her if she fails to respond. As Jonathan Turley (remember him as one of the four lawyers who testified in Schiff’s hearing) said this weekend, “Securing an impeachment so fast does not earn you a historic prize. It simply earns you a historic failure. By not seeking to compel numerous key witnesses, the House now relies on the Senate to complete its case. Since the House has maintained that the record overwhelmingly proves that Trump is guilty, the Senate could simply try the case on the record supplied by the House. Indeed, in the 1999 impeachment of President Clinton, Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles Schumer, fought against any witnesses and sought a summary vote without a trial.” Plus, this hurry-up-and-wait strategy undermines their original (and I say laughable) argument for a speedy impeachment: that we have a criminal in the White House who needs to be removed, now!
So let’s stop playing political games, conduct the impeachment trial in the way Clinton’s trial was handled, and get this idiotic thing over with. And once we’ve done that, TRY, just try, to keep the politics out of our response to Iran. We all know perfectly well that Trump is being criticized not so much for his action against Iran –- which was not disproportionate and needed to happen –- but for who HE is (The Hated One) and why HE might have done it. They focus on Trump, not Iran, as the enemy and will second-guess everything he does. Of course, if they really cared to understand President Trump, they’d know he’s the last person to want more war in the Mideast. But this is the political double standard at play once again. They need to get over it and deal with reality instead of making up their own.