Ah yes, impeachment. The defense of the nation from a tyrant run amuck. When a commander-in-chief’s ethical tumble starts flying three sheets to the wind, Congress can attempt to send the rascally leader packing to the breadline. No more D.C. quinoa salads and overpriced cupcakes for the ne’er-do-well miscreant, now it’s American cheese and shame.
At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. Largely in this reality though, impeachment is a joke. No longer a stopgap to halt potential despots, but more an idle threat that’s screamed out on Sunday morning talk shows to get the early-bird crowds hearts kicking. Imagine when your mom would threaten you with no tv for a week, except in this case it’s “That’s it mister, you’re getting impeached if you don’t do this impossible nebulous task.”
All the power to ya if there are politicians that you disagree with, but you can’t just say someone should be impeached because they lobbied for legislation that you don’t care for (as was learned with Bill Clinton). And yes, we could argue back and forth based on the news outlets that we read and try to convince each other why President Obama’s scandals are or aren’t worth the deposit that has been invested into them. But, I’m not going to do that because I am not mother Mitchell and I can’t tell you what to think. What I will do though, is run down various “impeachable” offenses “committed” by the 44th president and contrast them to similar activities by non-impeached presidents. Come now, let’s have some fun:
"Impeachable Offense" - Benghazi
Let’s just go ahead and get this whipped mule out of the way, shall we? For those of you who have managed to navigate the past few years blissfully unaware of this witch hunt, let me first stress how much I envy you, and then let me offer a brief rundown. On September 11, 2012, militants stormed the U.S. embassy in the coastal Libyan city of Benghazi, killing 2. The main controversy in this scenario is whether the Obama Administration failed to react appropriately to the embassy attack, possibly covering up details after the fact. Was the attack sparked by a Youtube video? Was Susan Rice instructed to lie by the administration? These questions and many more have caught the ire of those meddling kids and their dang dog too in Congress.
Who got away with it?
This one is honestly surprising to me. I understand that an ambassador died, and this is not meant to sound cold, but is that not a risk we run when operating in hostile territory? Attacks on U.S. embassies seem to be as old as time. Like destroying inanimate objects when a sports team loses, attacking embassies is a popular way a large portion of the world chooses to show their distaste. The first embassy attack, which happened to be a bombing, took place in 1958 in Ankara, Turkey. In 1968, the Vietcong raided the embassy in Saigon as part of the Tet Offensive, taking the lives of a handful. To be more contemporary, while George W. Bush spent 8 years trying to catch snowflakes with his tongue, there were 13 embassy attacks with nary a question asked about why there seem to be so many screams and bangs coming from consulate hotlines. Perhaps the most infamous (up until now, at least) embassy attack was the 1979 siege in Iran. In the early morning of November 4, hundreds of Iranian students raided the U.S. embassy in Tehran under the revolutionary support of Ayatollah Khomeini, taking 66 Americans hostage yet resulting in zero Jimmy Carter’s impeached.