Former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Plays Victim

I don’t recall

Alberto Gonzales can’t find a job.

The onetime Bush Attorney General admitted Tuesday that “skittish” lawfirms won’t hire him after his departure under fire from the Justice Department surrounding his role in the political firings of nine US Attorneys.

Sounding dumbfounded, the 53-year-old former judge and corporate lawyer told the Wall Street Journal, “What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?”

[   ]…”For some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with,” Gonzales said. “I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”

It doesn’t look good either way Alberto spins this. If he really believes he was just a clog in the machine that didn’t do or have knowledge of anything that doesn’t speak well for his qualifications to do any legal work much less have merited the position of AG. If he’s lying that means he thinks America is full of idiots that have no memory or don’t care about the DOJ being used as a partisan political toll and rubber stamp for Bush’s policies. Bush Signing Statement, Gonzales Perjury Concealed Torture Policy

…former White House Counsel and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied to Congress repeatedly regarding the U.S. attorneys purge and President Bush’s illegal NSA domestic surveillance. But as McJoan at DailyKos details, Gonzales also perjured himself during his confirmation hearings for the AG post on January 6, 2005.

The Right, thankfully, keeps treating Bush’s Niger uranium claims like a favorite chew bone, dragging it out on regular occasion, providing yet another opportunity to point out what an obvious and easily verified lie it was. Gonzales thinks he’s a victim, yet he was part of the spin that came out of the White House regarding those Niger claims (pdf),

The information the Oversight Committee has received casts serious doubt on the veracity of the representations that Mr. Gonzales made on behalf of Dr. Rice. Contrary to Mr. Gonzales’s assertions, the Committee has received evidence that the CIA objected to the uranium claim in both speeches, resulting in its deletion from the President’s remarks.

Bush finally put those claims in under the guise of the British said so – supposedly to give themselves some denability. New Documents Confirm Gonzales Lied To Senator About Plan To Install Rove Protege As U.S. Attorney. Behavior like this is why we have lawyer jokes. Most law firms probably believe that its OK to play games like Al did with political appointees and vote caging, but you’re supposed to be clever enough not to leave a trail of evidence. In his Congressional testimony Gonzales also displayed either his inability to hold any important information in his memory or his inability to compose plausible excuses for his actions with the infamous 64 “I don’t recall”, “I have no recollection” or “I have no memory”. The Republican reaction to Al’s testimony,

“Mr. Attorney General, most of this is a stretch,” said Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

“Why is your story changing?” demanded Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“Significantly, if not totally, at variance with the facts,” said Arlen Specter (Pa.), the committee’s ranking Republican.

One aspect of Alberto’s cry me a river campaign is that its contrary to the Republican meme that they are all self contained units that only obtain things like  jobs and political appointments based on merit. That no matter what happens they will pull themselves up by their own boot straps, they don’t need no stink’n help from anyone, ever. He is writing a book , which is not exactly using a back hoe or cleaning toilets, an armchair endeavor, probably with some help from a ghost writer. Seeing himself as a victim in the “war on terror” is up their with some of the more morally offensive claims made by a member of the Bush administartion. Al is having career problems, of his own making, not lying face down on the side of the road in Iraq.

U.S. Troops’ Deadliest Year In Afghanistan

The number of roadside bombs doubled from the year before to roughly 2,000, with many of the devices more powerful than in previous years.

Unlike in 2007, when militants carried out ambushes only in small numbers, insurgents over the last year massed in groups of hundreds on multiple occasions. Some 200 militants nearly overran a small U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan in July, launching an early morning attack that killed nine U.S. troops.

U.S. forces suffered an average of 21 deaths in Afghanistan each month this year from May to October – by far the deadliest six-month period in Afghanistan for American soldiers since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban.

Bush’s orphaned war will be with us a bit longer. This was the the conflict that started out of the genuine necessity to get Bin Laden, what stated out as a relatively easy victory squandered by Republicans, the party that claims to be the grand pooh pahs of national security.