To understand the US attourney scandal, I've found This article
to be a great summary. The next level of scandal, which came out after that was published is covered Here
So attorney general Gonzales has been testifying this week, and well...it's not going so well for him. Which is just fills me with glee. The NYT has been doing a bang-up job covering the hearings and today's article
Some winner lines:Not a single Republican, with the possible exception of Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, came to Mr. Gonzales's defense — not even his old Texas friend Senator John Cornyn. And Mr. Gonzales did not help himself with his testimony that while he took full responsibility for removing federal prosecutors, he did not have a clear idea of why he had done so in some cases until he reviewed paperwork after the dismissals.
Man. MAN. Just total incompetence. Stunning incompetence. This was a gem too:"I don't believe that you're involved in a conspiracy to fire somebody because they wouldn't prosecute a particular enemy of a politician or a friend of a politician," said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. "But at the end of the day, you said something that struck me: that sometimes it just came down to these were not the right people at the right time. If I applied that standard to you, what would you say?"
or this:"I think anyone who's watched this would say we could do better for attorney general," Mr. Schumer said during a break. "He seems to be far less qualified than the U.S. attorneys that he's fired."
is great. This
made me laugh in that really depressing way]
okay okay. On to Wolfowitz. The President of The World Bank. I have a lot of problems with the World Bank and how and what they chose to fund. A great website to peruse and become depressingly mad is here: Wolfowitz Watch
Wolfowitz is in trouble for getting his colleague girlfriend/mistress/whatever-don't-even-w
g-sex a promotion. A large promotion. A $193,000 salary to consult for the State Department. Eek. He started out saying he didn't have any direct role in her new employment, which it then of course came out that he had everything to do with it.
The mysterious board of the World Bank said "in a statement released in the early morning, expressed its ''great concern'' over the matter and instructed the ad hoc group to take up the matter ''immediately.'' Officials believed the ad hoc group -- whose representatives were not identified -- would convene later on Friday."
(Quote from: here
This statement from the board is perhaps the strongest statement they've made about a direct event EVER. The phrase "great concern" has constituents and reporters GASPING. Suffice it to say, the heads are PISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSED. That is FIGHTING words. They're elusive and behind a black curtain and for them to tell the public they are "concerned"--well that is stunning. Whenever sex and politics mix, it's always a news worthy scandal. But the Wolfowitz scandal is crucial on an even higher level than tsking and shaking fingers. The US owns about 51% of the World Bank shares and there is an informal agreement that America gets to pick the president. However, this event has seriously jeopardized the control the US has. GASPGASP!
ha! So there ya go! I hope to get ya'll addicted to the wonderful world of high-powered scandals. Whee!
So, I've recently started following both the US attorney scandal and the Wolfowitz debcale. There is intrigue! and lies! (We try not to think of Wolfowitz having sex...he has far too large of ears for us to imagine that.) And best of all, Republican politicians breaking party alliance for justice. It's just damn entertaining.