"We can't think of a president who has gone to the American people more often than George W. Bush has to ask them to forget about things like democracy, judicial process and the balance of powers — and just trust him. We also can't think of a president who has deserved that trust less." - New York Times editorialPeter Daou has a roundup of the 11 (count 'em ELEVEN) Bush related scandals that were in the news last week. I'm not sure what else needs to come to light before the American public has had enough of this administration's lies, deceit, ineptitude, and corruption.
These aren't just minor, trivial, partisan issues. They are huge scandals. The NSA surveillance of Americans without a warrant. The outing of a covert CIA agent working in the field of WMD's to discredit a political opponent. Lying us into a war.
Daou does not even include other scandalous stories, like the alleged plot of Bush and Blair to disguise a spy plane with UN decorations in the hopes of provoking Saddam into shooting it down - their own version of the sinking of the Maine - a revelation from another leaked Downing Street Memo that reveals Bush and Blair made a pact to go into Iraq regardless of what the UN Security Council decided, according to Phillip Sands, the British Proffesor who brought this to light.
There is also the revelation (which isn't a revelation for anyone who's been paying attention) that "fewer than 20 percent of the Guantanamo detainees, the best available evidence suggests, have ever been Qaeda members" and that "many scores, and perhaps hundreds, of the detainees were not even Taliban foot soldiers, let alone Qaeda terrorists. They were innocent, wrongly seized noncombatants with no intention of joining the Qaeda campaign to murder Americans."
Then there was the case of a 24 year old Bush appointee with a fake resume attempting to muzzle one of the most respected scientists at NASA.
What will it take? How many different lines of evidence need come out? How many different whistle-blowers need come forth? How many different lies will be tolerated?
When will the American public say: ENOUGH!