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Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Jerry Falwell's Dead - 'nuff said.-NG

Number 2's Become Extinct...

Remember that "IT", for lack of a better word, flows downhill. And when you're standing atop of your own, personal hill, you're the one making the "IT" that flows. Standing atop of the justice Department pile is Attorney general, and Bush insider, Alberto Gonzales.

In the small, inner circle I like to call the Bush Cabal, no one retires early unless there is no other option. When Donald Rumsfeld finally had enough (or should I say when we, the American people had enough of him), he left the inner circle, but is still staunchly loyal to it.

Being the number two, in Bush terms, is a tough place to be. All one has to do is go back to the time when John Ashcroft, then the Attorney General, was in the hospital. his Number 2 was James Comey. It was Comey who took the brunt of the heat from the Oval Office for not certifying the NSA wire-tapping scandal. Coincidentally, it was insider Gonzales who gave the go ahead. Today Comey, the former Number 2 and the man who appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate who released the name of Valerie Plame, is in the private sector as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin.

Comey was the lucky one standing at the bottom of the pile with his arms open.

The newest Number 2 at the Justice Department has just received his "gift" from the top of the pile. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty is taking the hit and announced that he will resign from the justice Department. In other words, McNulty has taken Comey's place at the bottom of the hill, his arms wide open and his eyes shut in anticipation.

Like all good recipients of "IT" from the Bush administration, McNulty is using his family as his escape from the clutches of public service.

"The financial realities of college-age children and two decades of public service lead me to a long overdue transition in my career,"

Sounds like somebody got himself a cushy, golden parachute at a big-time GOP law firm, doesn't it? After all, no one who falls on his sword for this administration leaves without much more than what they came in with. I wonder if there's a medal of Freedom in McNulty's future.

Of course, being the numbers 3 and 4 aren't all that hot in this administration either. For similar reasons, Kyle Sampson, Gonzales' Chief of Staff, and White House liaison Monica Gooding have also resigned due to the Prosecutor firings. They, too, have fallen on their swords.

"It seems ironic that Paul McNulty, who at least tried to level with the committee, goes while Gonzales, who stonewalled the committee, is still in charge,"
-Judiciary Committee member Senator Charles Schumer (DEMOCRAT-NY)

Irony - yeah, that's it - irony. I think a better word would be "sacrifice". The truth of the matter is that no one will be satisfied until Gonzales resigns. All of the "I don't recalls" and "It wasn't my jobs" have made his numerous appearances in front of Congress tiresome and is nothing but an insult to the American people. he must go and the President must stop placing blame on those who are simply trying to balance doing their jobs with loyalty to the Republican party.

McNulty was the guy who told the Senate that Bob Cummins was fired as the federal prosecutor in Little Rock, Arkansas, so that Karl Rove's protégé, Tim Griffin, could take his place. Griffin, of course, had little experience, if any at all, but was given the job due to his ability to do as the President pleases.

The Bush administration has made habit of getting "Number 2's" and "Number 3's". In "The War on Terror", some of you might remember, the Bushies kept on capturing the "Number 2" guy in Iraq followed by a veritable parade of Osama bin-Laden and al-Qaeda's "Number 3's". If it weren't for the seriousness of the state of the world as a whole, it would be comical.

It strikes me as sad that we now long for the days of Crayola's own John Ashcroft as head of the Justice Department. For all of his religious right pandering, every once in a while he showed an independent streak. When he was lying in the hospital, for example, Ashcroft refused to sign onto the NSA wire-taps and overrule Comey.

Gonzales might just go down as the worst Attorney General in US history. He'll have a lot of company at the end of 2008 as the Bushies add to their list of "Worst of's", and it starts at the top.

-Noah Greenberg

...and Here's a Reason Why

"You have to remember, at the end of the day, the recommendations reflected the views of the deputy attorney general. He signed off on the names,"
-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Wow! Is this guy a weasel or what!? There is no shame; there is no depth that these clowns who are running AND ruining our nation will go stoop to in order to retain their power over a nation which is desperate for some real leadership and some real accountability.

In the past, we have seen the Bush administration and other GOP "leaders blame the Generals and soldiers for failures in the war in Iraq, as exhibited by this exchange between CNN's Wolf Blitzer and former House Majority Leader John Boehner (REPUBLICAN-OH - and please remember, it's pronounced BANER):

BOEHNER: Let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.
BLITZER: But he's in charge of the military.
BOEHNER: The fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president.

And check out this from (yuch!) Fox News:

BRIT HUME: You have said on a number of occasions that your view of the shape and mission of the US forces day by day in Iraq, week by week, is based on what Generals Abizaid and more specifically, General Casey, say. That this has been kind of a Casey and Abizaid approach. Is that a fair assessment?
PRESIDENT BUSH: I have said that the force size will depend on conditions on the ground, and upon the recommendations of our commanders on the ground, absolutely.
HUME: Is it fair to say then that the approach in Iraq has been more of what Casey and Abizaid wanted more than anybody else?
BUSH: I think from the military tactics that they are the chain of command through Rumsfeld to me. Now, they listen to all sorts of people on the ground, and they are very thoughtful, decent, honorable men who understand that what the mission is, and understand that it is their obligation to design the tactics to achieve the mission.
HUME: It does raise the question, though Mr. President, if they are the guys that have been designing and trying to execute the mission, and you're impatient with the progress, why that Rumsfeld is going and they're staying?
BUSH: Well, they also are impatient with the progress, just like Secretary Rumsfeld is, and he came to the conclusion that I came to. That it was time to get fresh eyes in the Pentagon on the issue. And I strongly support his past tenure, and I appreciate his service to the country.

So when General Tommy Franks came to Donald Rumsfeld with his predecessor, General Anthony Zinni's, plan to invade Iraq, then occupy Iraq, why was he shot down? Why were the troops requested (somewhere between 350,000 and 500,000) not allotted? Why did Rumsfeld say he couldn't o to the president with a plan like this? And why did the President ask for less and less troop involvement from the beginning?

Indeed, Zinni's plan called for an occupation force of 350,000 American troops with advisors and translators to help the process along.

"what I heard was no plan… I thought, we are going to be in for a major, major problem.”

Under the Bush administration, his plan, Operation Desert Crossing, was tabled and all but forgotten.

The similarities are striking to today's quote by AG Gonzales.

"And he would know better than anyone else, anyone in this room, anyone — again, the deputy attorney general would know best about the qualifications and the experiences of the United States attorneys community, and he signed off on the names."

McNulty declined to comment on his former boss' statements. If he stays quiet, I'm going to wonder what carrot their dangling in front of him for his silence.

The emails which have, so far, been recovered have told a different story, however. It appears that Gonzales confidants with little or no prosecutorial experience have been the ones signing off on who should stay and who should go. These are, in fact, political decisions being made by the AG and his underlings for the AG and the President.

"the deputy attorney general is the direct supervisor of the United States attorneys,"

So just what is the AG's job anyway? Is it merely a ceremonial spot made for white ties and tails and a dais? Or is it a job which might require a real leader and manager? After all this job is called the "top cop". Who should be responsible?

Blaming the Generals; blaming the assistant; place blame anywhere other than where it belongs is the tried and true policy of the Bush administration. Alberto Gonzales is simply following suit.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, “I would describe it as a conspiracy of purpose. It wasn’t people running around saying, ‘Don’t do this safely.’ But there was a unified attempt to do everything as fast as possible, to get everything up and running as fast as possible. Anything in the way of that just tended to be ignored." by Suzanne Mattei, director of the New York office of the Sierra Club. Pat Thompson writes:

Yes, all of the steel structural beams of the "collapsed" buildings were cut up and shipped offshore as quickly as possible, so no tests could be done on them to ascertain exactly why the building did implode. Rudy cooperated, and he has been "crowned" the new king. He did the proper amount of butt kissing when he declared that the one thought he had on 9/11 was "thank God George Bush is the President". He would make at least as bad, if not worse, a President as GWB.

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-Noah Greenberg