Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Does the United States Commander in Chief deserve a certain degree of trust? Hasn't he earned it? If anything, this is a President who stymies his opponents by doing what he says he will do.

So what do you make of this little snippit in
an editorial at the New York Times by Frank Rich?
When the president decided not to replace Sandra Day O'Connor with a woman, why did he pick a white guy and not nominate the first Hispanic justice, his friend Alberto Gonzales? Mr. Bush was surely not scared off by Gonzales critics on the right (who find him soft on abortion) or left (who find him soft on the Geneva Conventions). It's Mr. Gonzales's proximity to this scandal that inspires real fear.

As White House counsel, he was the one first notified that the Justice Department, at the request of the C.I.A., had opened an investigation into the outing of Joseph Wilson's wife. That notification came at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2003, but it took Mr. Gonzales 12 more hours to inform the White House staff that it must "preserve all materials" relevant to the investigation. This 12-hour delay, he has said, was sanctioned by the Justice Department, but since the department was then run by John Ashcroft, a Bush loyalist who refused to recuse himself from the Plame case, inquiring Senate Democrats would examine this 12-hour delay as closely as an 18½-minute tape gap.
So apparently there was a delay between the time the White House was informed of an impending investigation and the time that investigation actuallyoccurredd.

What Rich doesn't say, and presumably doesn't know, is whether or not the Bush administratoin used that time to cover up evidence. Rich, being a liberal and a reporter (somewhat redundent there), assumes that the hated President Bush must have. I'm not sure the American people share the "get Bush" mindset of Rich.

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