The Airing of Grievances
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Dahlia Lithwick lays the smackdown on Alberto Gonzalez and the Bush administration for being little big men. Here's the opening:
"The problem with Alberto Gonzales' Senate testimony yesterday wasn't that he was a weasel who refused to answer straight questions: Such conduct is de rigueur at confirmation hearings. The problem with his testimony is that it highlights the most toxic aspect of the Bush administration—its willingness to be 'brave' only in private."And while were on the topic of the Gonzalez confirmation hearings, I'd be remiss if I did not give Joe Biden his props. In his typical no nonsense fashion, Biden went ahead and called bullshit where bullshit needed to be called. Specifically, in response to Gonzalez' disgraceful cop out that he did not want to provide a legal opinion as to whether the conduct at Abu Ghraib was criminal, due to ongoing prosecutions, Biden chastised him like a little boy:
"As the attorney general, you're responsible to tell us now what your judgment is on what the law means. It is your obligation now for us to be able to assess your judgment -- your legal judgment. You're in no way -- as you implied to two of the questioners, you're in now way jeopardizing a future case. That's malarkey, pure malarkey. So we're looking for candor, old buddy. We're looking for you when we ask you a question to give us an answer, which you haven't done yet. I love you, but you're not very candid so far."Spineless insecerity. Is anyone even remotely surprised?