Thursday, May 31, 2007 20:43 IST
WASHINGTON: Former US vice president Al Gore, a staunch critic of George W Bush, has said he doesn’t agree with calls for impeaching the president due to lack of “time” and “consensus.”
Many democrats feel that Bush should be impeached for allegedly misleading the country deliberately in the lead up to the war in Iraq.
“With a year and a half to go in his term and with no consensus in the nation as a whole to support such a proposition, any realistic analysis of that as a policy option would lead one to question the allocation of time and resources,” Gore said during an interview with PBS.
Pressed on whether he believed that impeachment is a good use of time, Gore replied, “I don’t think it is. I don’t think it would be successful.”
On being asked whether he threw the towel in too soon in the 2000 presidential elections, where he narrowly lost to Bush, Gore said he had taken the fight as far as he could, and the only other option left was a “violent revolution”.
“I took it all the way to a final Supreme Court decision. And in our system, there is no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court decision and violent revolution. So, at that point, having taken it as far as one could, then the question becomes, are we going to be a nation of laws and not people?” Gore replied.
“Do I support the rule of law, even though I disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision? I did disagree with it, and I think that those of us who disagreed with it will have the better of the argument in history,” he added.