2006/01/26

Alberto Gonzales Is Mightily Confused

A post by Windspike at the Educational Whisper got me to thinking about what I believe is a major problem with the executive under George Bush: Numerous cabinet level members of the Bush administration are simply not doing their jobs. Rather, they're acting like highly compensated cheerleaders for administration policy.

One glaring example of this is the Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales and his handling, or rather non-handling, of the NSA wiretapping scandal. The AG recently issued a 42-page legal white paper stating that Bush acted within his powers as a wartime president to prevent another terrorist strike on the United States. But frankly, this is not Gonzales' job. The Attorney General does not defend the President. That is the job of the White House counsel. Nor does he defend the practices of the executive branch to the judiciary, or anybody else for that matter. That's the job of the Solicitor General. So either Gonzales is playing the unabashed Bush crony, or he's simply confused about which job he actually has.

Like any other cabinet member, Gonzales took an oath to, "...protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic", and as Windspike points out that means that Gonzales' loyalties should be to the Constitution not to the man who appointed him. As Attorney General Gonzales' job--DoJ's job--is to investigate and prosecute federal crimes regardless of his personal views, and there is substantial evidence that NSA's domestic wiretapping and Bush's authorizations are not legal.

If Gonzales is incapable of doing his job maybe he should recuse himself...or simply resign.

[Addendum]

Mikevotes at Born at the Crest of the Empire blogged this morning on one particularly interesting aspect of that 42 page defense of administration policy. I won't spoil the horrifying surprise. Just check it out for yourself.

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But see the whole problem here is that Gonzo was indeed the White House Counsel FIRST...and he can't seem to reliquish that duty.....that would be Hard Work.

In the 1930's the Klan was often accused of superceding the Law ,"circumventing the Laws" of the Land, and they responded in Grand Wizard Style :'But We ARE the Law".....

Dinner on Enigma if ONE person can prove that the WH does Not hold dear this very Belief.....

and yeah, I know I will be dining Alone....
Excellent point. You just keep yourself surrounded by yes-men and you believe you can do no wrong. This isn't some oil company that he's running into the ground again, this is the United States. I really wish that people would see through the fog that this administration has put around them.
It is about time this point was made, he should be about the Last person acting as the cheerleader for administration policy. After the torture memo though, surveillance probably seems as right as rain to the man. How many attorney general's do go against presidents?

Out of the administration, the heads of the NSA or the CIA seem like they're the ones who could perhaps rightly defend the program.
The trouble is, the Preznit thinks he's getting good advice- I have a related post today called "unvarnished advice." It's straight from the W's lips. When the people you surround yourself are only saying yes or the same thing, it's time to flush the system and replace the bunch. You can't be that right all the time.

Glad my post got your wheels turning. Blog on All
Out of the administration, the heads of the NSA or the CIA seem like they're the ones who could perhaps rightly defend the program.

Well...not he head of NSA. Domestic survellience is expressly against NSAs charter, but Hayden doesn't seem to remember that.
Windspike and kvatch- Yes! Damned Gonzo. I am so tired of this scenario.

I'm inspired to take a gander at the digs of Windspike now...

Thanks kvatch, you are always so right on with the bs.
I'm inspired to take a gander at the digs of Windspike now...

Matchmaker, matchmaker...make me a match; find me a find; catch me a catch.
>So either Gonzales is playing the unabashed Bush crony, or he's simply confused about which job he actually has.

That's happening a lot in this administration. Remember when Mike Brown thought that he was the head PR guy at FEMA, instead of the head of FEMA himself?
Great post. Thanks.
Great post. Thanks.

My pleasure, but really you should thank Windspike. He's the one who got me thinking on this one.

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