Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- under whose tenure the Justice Department often appeared to take its orders from the White House political office -- sat down with the Wall Street Journal in an effort to clear his name. But we're guessing he did himself more harm than good.He doesn't recall? Let's help him remember:
Gonzo appeared genuinely unable to grapple with why he might be unpopular. "What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?" he asked.
Quibbling with the Constitution and the right of Habeas Corpus.
Dragging his heels about sharing info on the anthrax attacks.
Harassing Ashcroft as he was recovering in the hospital from gall bladder surgery, trying to make him sign off on warrantless wiretapping.
Perverting the judicial system and FISA, and demanding that judges do what the president wants.
Lying to Congress. As Attorney General. LYING to the nation. Lying about the firing of the US attorneys.
Going down to Gitmo and WATCHING an interrogation or two.
Quibbling about the meaning of the word torture and redefining torture so it no longer means torture even though it is just because Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld liked torture. (And those lawyers and doctors who helped establish torture techniques? We want their names.) And no one has asked the question WHY?
Being a total toadie for Georgie Bush. Surrounding himself with toadie minions, zealots intent on bringing the US a theocracy, and loyal bushies.
Being thrown under the bus and thinking we should feel sorry for him.
Blaming everybody else.
Being a toadie sucks when you're facing a war crimes tribunal, doesn't it, Abu?
crossposted at American Street