April 20, 2007

Gonna Find Out Who's Naughty And Nice

"I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times."
- George W. Bush
Jobs can just go "poof!" too, George. Even yours. And all your nasty friends.

While Abu Gonzales is dragging the rule of law into the dirt in the USA, Bush still insists he is doing a heckuva job:
The Attorney General has the full confidence of the President, and he appreciates the work he is doing at the Department of Justice to help keep our citizens safe from terrorists, our children safe from predators, our government safe from corruption, and our streets free from gang violence.
But what about Wolfie? Is he about to lose his job? In a sign of his failed credibility, this humble blog has been getting hits from World bank employees googling for cartoons about their boss. Here's one for you, guys:

You can help get rid of Wolfowitz by signing a petition here (look for a biting new video at this site in the next 24 hours too). But hopefully the petition will be redundant soon. The Times says Bush is now making a list of potential replacements:
Most prominent on the list is Ashraf Ghani, the man credited with overhauling the economy of Afghanistan after September 11, The Times has learnt. Such an appointment would mark the first time a non-American has held the position in the 60-year history of the global lender.
Let's just check that guy twice:
Mr Ghani would be a bold choice to head the World Bank, where he worked as a special adviser between 1991 and 2002. After the overthrow of the Taliban by the USled coalition, he was the Afghan Finance Minister for two years, carrying out extensive reforms, including issuing a new currency, balancing the budget and overhauling the treasury’s systems.

Working at present as Chancellor of Kabul University, he was a candidate to replace Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations last year but lost out to Ban Ki Moon, of South Korea.

Mr Ghani was described then as someone with a strong record as an administrator but who had a reputation for impatience. As well as the first non-American chief of the World Bank, he would also be the first Muslim in the job.
I think part of the reason why Wolfowitz is still in his job is that the controversial deal that put him in place (and there was a lot of resentment at the time) involved a secret promise that the NEXT World Bank President would not be a US official. Ghani may not be an "American" but he still sounds like a US stooge. Is that progress?

So Wolfie and Gonzo are swinging in the wind right now. But there are not going to go quietly. Just look how long it took to get rid of Rummy.

These guys just don't care that they are destroying the prestige of their own offices. They don't care that they are destroying the US Constitution, the office of the Presidency, the laws of the land, the prestige of the USA, decades of international law, and of course the lives of millions of Iraqis. They just don't care.

Some would say this is just incompetence. But it's not really incompetence when you deliberately place incompetent people into positions of great responsibility, again and again, and never hold them accountable.

The USA is heading for a major Constitutional crisis. The Bushistas have been preparing for it since day one, and the last thing they want to do is lose their devoted A.G. just ahead of the showdown. Wolfie might go, but Gonzo's position is more critical. I think Bush will cling to him for dear life.

Hey, but if he does go, how does "Patrick Fitzgerald, A.G." sound?


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