A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Cronyism isn't just a habit of the Bush Administration; it's official policy. Shortly before Bush took office in 2001, Robert Moffit of the neocon Hertiage Foundation drafted a guide called "Taking Charge of Federal Personnel."
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"Canadian lawmakers have written an Afghanistan version of the Iraq Study Group report, reaching a conclusion that the conditions on that original battlefront in the 'war on terror' are grave and deteriorating." Everything George Bush, Dick Cheney, and this administration, along with the support of a Repuglican majority Congress have done has created a tragic disaster! How can anyone trust anything they say and do anymore?
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb
They just wanted to protect the sanctity of the vote. That's the administration's pious explanation for why they fired eight U.S. Attorneys who were Republican enough for Bush to have appointed them in the first place. "The president recalls hearing complaints about election fraud not being vigorously prosecuted and believes he may have informally mentioned it to the attorney general," explained White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. How could you question such a laudable goal?
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Karen Webb
"Any time anybody goes up to Capitol Hill, they've got to make sure they fully understand the facts and how they characterize the issue to members of Congress," Bush said. "And the fact that both Republicans and Democrats feel like that there was not straightforward communication troubles me and it troubles the attorney general. So he took action, and he needs to continue to take action."
By George Lakoff and Glenn W. Smith
"I'm trying not to say that I'm not accountable."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith
With no apparent shame, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales pleaded the Ken Lay defense - also known by his own prosecutors as the "Aw, shucks" defense or the "deliberate ignorance" defense - in his explanation of the political executions of United States attorneys by his office and the White House.
For those of you who enjoyed the devastation that the Bush Administration unloaded on America through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the K Street Project, you're going to love the Extreme Makeover going on over at your new Department of Justice. Where justice stems from the eye of The Decider.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Forgive me, but this article treats Bush like somebody who had good intentions, but it's all of those other people around him, as if Bush doesn't know these people or what they had in mind. Bush has never nominated or appointed anyone who would not do the bidding of the GOP Bush administration. Bush, as this article tries to indicate, was not hatched yesterday, and unlike Humpty Dumpty, Bush was not pushed off the wall, he did it to himself and he has created a mess that will take years for the Democrats to try and clean up. But, Americans are ready for that to begin, as in "yesterday."