Orin Kerr in the Volokh Conspiracy presents excerpts from an interview with a general intimately involved in the planning for the Iraq war, reporting that Rumsfield explicitly told him and others involved not to plan for post-conflict operations. As a matter of prudence, I think it exceptionally unwise for the Democrats, if they win the House in November, to hold hearings leading up to an impeachment of the president. I think the opposite is true where Rumsfield is concerned. More than anyone, he is responsible for the mess that Iraq has become. He has the lives of countless American soldiers on his conscience, because of his failure to adequately plan for what numerous officials in the military predicted would come after the invasion. If this report is correct, the first order of business of the Democrats should be to hold immediate hearings preparing the way for the impeachment of Rumsfeld. Democratic candidates should declare on the stump that they will support these hearings. They should do so both as a matter of honor, the responsibility that must accompany gross incompetence by those in high offices, and because doing so is likely to be good politics. The American people want someone to pay for what has happened in Iraq, but they are uncomfortable with the consequences of impeaching the president, and there is some wisdom in this discomfort. But Rumsfeld is vulnerable, and he has enemies within the Republican party itself. This is also a great opportunity to make clear that the situation in Iraq is a direct consequence of the wholly avoidable, monumentally bad judgment of the current administration.