Senator Biden has apparently decided to make threatening the President with impeachment a big part of his campaign. In an appearance in , New Hampshire, he offered the following:
"The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach," said Biden, whose words were followed by a raucous applause from the local audience.The extreme left enthusiastically endorses this approach, as evidenced by the Nation:
Picking up a theme that has been championed by another contender for the Democratic presidential nod, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is now talking about impeachment on a regular basis as he campaigns in the first-caucus and first-primary states.
Biden's mincing no words as he explains the position he initially took during the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
Speaking in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this week, Biden declared, "The President has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran and if he does, as foreign relations committee chairman, I will move to impeach."
There are, however, a couple of problems with Senator Biden's threat.
First of all, it should be obvious that the President of the United States does indeed have more than sufficient authority to "unilaterally attack Iran." Ever since the advent of long-range bombers armed with nuclear weapons in the late 1950s, it has been recognized by everyone beyond the first or second grade that the President has authority to order instant, emergency military attacks. There is nothing new about that, and the armed forces would certainly obey a President's order to attack any country in the defense of the United States.
So Joe Biden is just plain wrong about that.
But more importantly, and more surprisingly, Joe Biden is completely mistaken about his ability to move for the President's impeachment.
According to the United States Constitution, motions for impeachment begin in the House of Representatives, and are then judged by the Senate.
Article I, Section 2
Clause 5: The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Article I, Section 3 Clause 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.Joe Biden is threatening something that he has no power to deliver. (Very typical of the Democratic Party, by the way.) And by pre-announcing his intentions, he is also disparaging his potential ability to serve as an impartial judge.
Can he really be that stupid?
And if not, is he really so evil as to think that the American people are stupid enough to accept his inflammatory, over-the-top rhetoric?
I reported . . . you decide.