Monday, March 12, 2007

Alberto Gonzales Impeachment

The burgeoning controversy about the Justice Department's sacking of a number of prosecutors for political reasons has prompted for the first time (that I've seen, at least) a call, by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman in today's NY Times, for the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Gonzales has been the very symbol of the Bush Administration's hubris in politicizing eviscerating civil liberties in its so-called War on Terror. He's systematically used his power as Attorney General to bully, intimidate, and punish those within and without the government who would dare to question the administration's agenda.

As I've noted previously, it's impractical (though tempting) to impeach the president for the many misdeeds of his Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight, not least of all because the next guy in line is the dark lord himself, Dick Cheney; but impeachment of the Attorney General would serve the valuable purpose of sending a strong message to future administrations that the sort of behavior exhibited during the Bush presidency is unacceptable.

By: Michael Anthony Lawrence