COMMENTARY | A United States senator has suggested that if President Obama uses dodgy tactics to free another terrorist from Guantanamo, he would face impeachment proceedings. The senator was not Ted Cruz, but rather the more moderate Lindsey Graham.
To be sure, the president has been flagrantly violating the law and his oath of office practically from the moment his hand left the Bible in 2009. His violation of the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that requires a 30 day notification before springing terrorists from Gitmo is just the latest example. The articles of impeachment, should such a move be made, would be lengthy.
That the president could and should be impeached is beyond question. The House, with a firm Republican majority, could do the thing tomorrow. It gets problematic, though, when one remembers that it takes a two thirds majority in the Senate to remove the president from office. Ordinarily one would not think that any Democrat would vote for that.
On the other hand the trading of the probable deserter Bowe Bergdahl for five hardened terrorists seems to have struck a bi-partisan nerve. It may be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. It is almost certainly an example of a presidency that has gone rogue, and not in the uplifting sense that Sarah Palin occasionally takes about.
A move to impeach President Obama would be entirely justified by the law and common decency. It might even be the politically smart thing to do. Unlike Bill Clinton, Obama is not shielded by a booming economy and relative peace abroad. His abject corruption has been only matched by his incompetence. He is also on the verge of visiting on the Democratic Party the biggest electoral disaster in its history. That might be an incentive for Democratic senators to hold their noses and vote to remove Barack Obama from office. If the Constitution does not suffice, self-preservation may,