The NYT leads off its article about Alberto Gonzales leaving his post as the chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government this way:
“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has finally done something important to advance the cause of justice. He has resigned.”
Just like most of Bush’s other appointees, A.G.A.G. was much more focused on keeping Bush, he supposed boss, happy than keeping his real boss, namely the American Public, happy. I thought it couldn’t get worst after Ashcroft, the man who lost to a dead man when running for Senate, became AG. I was wrong. It got a lot worse.
The further quote the NYT:
There was a more basic problem with Mr. Gonzales’s tenure: he did not stand up for the Constitution and the rule of law, as an attorney general must. This administration has illegally spied on Americans, detained suspects indefinitely as “enemy combatants,” run roughshod over the Geneva Conventions, violated the Hatch Act prohibitions on injecting politics into government and defied Congressional subpoenas. In each case, Mr. Gonzales gave every indication of being on the side of the lawbreakers, not the law.
Angry yet? Yes? No? Well, here is more for you:
Mr. Gonzales signed off on the administration’s repugnant, and disastrous, torture policy when he was the White House counsel. He later helped stampede Congress into passing the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which endorsed illegal C.I.A. prisons where detainees may be tortured and established kangaroo courts in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to keep detained foreigners in custody essentially for life. He helped cover up and perpetuate Mr. Bush’s illegal wiretapping programs, both in the counsel’s job and as attorney general. The F.B.I. under his stewardship abused powers it was given after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the name of enhanced national security.
In summation, the editorial wraps it up this way:.
Mr. Gonzales, for all of his undeniable deficiencies, merely reflected the principles of this administration. His resignation is a necessary but hardly sufficient step in restoring the nation’s commitment to the rule of law..
I hate to even mention it but lame duck or not, Bush is the leader of this country until January, 2009 and he will be responsible for picking the next AG as well. Hopefully we have reached rock bottom. Someone should tell Bush that when you are in a hole, stop digging, or at least start digging sideways and not further down.