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Tricky W

March 21st, 2007

A friend of a friend sent this to the Seattle times recently concerning W and his rather obvious attempt to start the stroll down the path to obstruct a bit of justice, concerning the investigations of the rather politically motivated and unprecedented late term resignations (firings, but don’t you love how the administration puts it?) of US attorneys recently, and I thought it was interesting –

**When I saw George W. Bush on television justifying his refusal to allow his

aides to testify in public under oath in the U.S. attorney scandal, I was

struck by a sense of deja vu.

“We will not go along with a partisan fishing expedition,” Bush said in

defense of his laughably dishonest proposal to limit congressional

questioning of his aides to secret, off-the-record chats.

I was a teenager during Richard Nixon’s fall from grace, and one of my

clearest memories of Watergate is of Nixon refusing to provide anything more

than “edited summaries” of the tape recordings that ultimately proved him

guilty of obstruction of justice. At one point, when he referred to

congressional demands for the tapes themselves as a “fishing expedition,” an

editorial cartoonist drew a fish bearing a haughty expression on its

Nixonian face, fins crossed over its chest.

The caption read: “I will not be party to a fishing expedition!”

I see that Bush’s new lawyer is none other than Fred Fielding, who got his

start as Nixon’s deputy White House counsel during the Watergate scandal.

Once Bush’s aides testify under oath as we know they eventually will, I’d

like to know who wrote the statement that Bush delivered on Tuesday. Fred,

was that you? I’m afraid your Freudian slip was showing.**

-Charles W. Pluckhahn

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  1. March 21st, 2007 at 15:40 | #1

    Now granted I wasn’t alive during the Nixon administration but I am equally abhorred by the abuse of power by the W administration. Your little factoid on the Nixon lawer wasn’t completely lost, Keith Oberman noted it last night on his show Countdown too. I liked Jon Stewarts discussion with former Ambassador Bolton as well. Bolton kept saying that the President can only appoint people who subscribe to the President’s way of thinking or as the Daily Show called them “loyal Bushies” whereas Jon Stewart kept saying that checks and balances allows for a discussion not only within a branch but between branches of government. Ah I guess all we can say is “God Bless America”

  2. March 21st, 2007 at 18:40 | #2

    These sort of things aren’t even surprising anymore – W has honestly completely fucked just about everything he’s done in office. He cited an alleged tie between Saddam and Al Qaeda (which is stronger than ever in Afghanistan by the way, after we ignored them while dicking around in Iraq) again just the other day. You would think even he would realize at some point that those allegations will go nowhere.

    I’d love to see a full scale investigation into every indiscretion – I don’t really care how much red tape would be required. I’m a bit sick of those who think an attempted impeachment would be bad for the country. He doesn’t deserve any more chances. I watched the brilliant documentary Iraq in Fragments last night on Cinemax – and it’s pretty damning proof of what we’ve done there. Very few people there support our motives. Our administration is completely clueless, and they’ve done quite a bit of damage that simply wasn’t present before.

    There won’t likely be a full scale impeachment attempt however, so the hope will be that W doesn’t fuck up anything else in the next 22 months or so. After that, he’ll be safely in Texas in the middle of absolutely nowhere doing what he does best, clearing brush all day. I doubt he’ll do much public/private speaking either – he doesn’t do it very well, and who would want to pay to hear him?

    I love the term “God bless America” too – but I prefer it in the context in which my dad used to use it, as an expletive.

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