Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lies and more lies. You're doing a heckuva job, W.

The WaPo reports that if anything W. is even more inclined to support his good buddy Al Gonzales despite his lousy performance in the Senate last week and calls from both sides of the aisle to fire him. W. said: "The attorney general went up and gave a very candid assessment and answered every question he could possibly answer, in a way that increased my confidence in his ability to do the job. Some senators didn't like his explanation, but he answered as honestly as he could.'"

Yeah, that's the same hearing I saw. He "answered as honestly as he could?" What? Gonzales didn't actually answer any questions, did he? He used the phrase "I don't recall" 70 times. He doesn't remember talking to W. about the prosecutors, he doesn't remember a November meeting in which he signed off on the firings, he doesn't even remember what he had for breakfast that morning.

This is another one of these 'You're doing a heckuva job' moments for W., isn't it? No matter what the facts of the matter are, he's convinced everything is OK. Sort of like the war in Iraq; Rummy's great work to create Abu Ghraib; and the great job "Brownie" did during Katrina. W. has not only presided over the destruction of a great American city, but he's also managed to destroy an entire country, so don't tell him his mob lawyer is an grade-B moron who isn't qualified to be a dog walker.

Somehow the hearings in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today over the cover-up of the friendly fire killing of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and this pigheaded obstinance of W.'s is all coming together for me. Despite what Morning Edition said this morning, Tillman's brother Kevin has spoken out about his brother's death and the war in Iraq. What he said applies to W.'s latest departure from reality regarding his disgraced AG, AG. He wrote in Truthdig.com last October:

"Somehow, the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country. Somehow, this is tolerated. Somehow, nobody is accountable for this. . . Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated. . . Somehow lying is tolerated."

It's all too sadly true. What has this country come to when we tolerate a president to blatantly disregard the our laws, our consitutional protections, and common sense? Once we were the most technically advanced country in world, now we have a president who questions the very foundations of science and avoids empiricism at every turn.

W.'s tenure is a prime example of the falacy of two term presidencies. This country can't afford another 8 years like this. One six year term is as much as we can take.


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