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Scandal Season in Washington: Fredo and Wolfie Facing Unemployment - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

The seats are getting hotter for World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Both still enjoy the support of the US president, but dismissals may be just around the corner.

Why the long face Wolfie? It was hardly an evening for merrymaking, and US President George W. Bush decided he wouldn't even try. Traditionally, the US president pokes fun at himself at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, but with the Virginia Tech massacre still on everyone's minds, the timing at Sunday's dinner simply wasn't right.

There were other reasons for Bush to be somber as well. His press secretary Tony Snow has been diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. Over in Iraq, last week's deadly suicide bombs made a mockery of Bush's push for more security in Baghdad.

And then there were the two guests sitting at the very back of the hall.

Alberto Gonzales, still the US Attorney General, and Paul Wolfowitz, still the World Bank President, smiled bravely through the show -- but it certainly wasn't out of smugness for their futures. All of Washington is puzzling over whether and when Bush will drop one or both of them. Indeed, not even Bush confidantes deny that a presidential coup de grace for Gonzales and Wolfowitz is long overdue. Both have lost the one quality that is absolutely indispensable for their offices: moral authority.

by Fran on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 12:21:03 AM EST
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I can't think of one single member of the Bush administration that has ever had inherent "moral authority".

They have only had perceived "moral authority" due to the willingness of our so called "free press" to create that appearance.

One attorney I know says a Gonzales resignation is inevitable. However, Bush and his neo-conservative handlers will remain loathe to remove the prime architect of an ongoing ideological purge within the Dept of Justice.

No entities of our governments departments, agencies, etc to my knowledge have avoided six years of continuous ideological purging, which I expect to continue to the last days of this regime's rule.  

NVA, a viable option when the political process fails.

by NorthDakotaDemocrat (NorthDakotaDemocrat at gmail dot com) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 01:34:20 AM EST
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I can't see Gonzales going. He proved the underlying Bush principle of the unitary executive with his performance. WE decide, you don't. We'll tell you what we want you to know and will tell you nothing else. We are king and you are dominion.

He did his job.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 04:49:27 AM EST
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I really have no problem with Gonzales staying on. Politically he is hurt so badly that he can do very little (more) harm, and no conceivable replacement is going to restore DoJ's integrity until regime change day.

All he will do (and this is what the deciderator fails to grasp) is function as a great big scarlet letter indelibly affixed to the administration's breast, continually reminding all who see just how bad - immoral - these people really are.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 06:35:53 AM EST
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Wolfowitz deputy under fire over climate

One of Paul Wolfowitz's two handpicked deputies, Juan José Daboub, tried to water down references to climate change in one of the World Bank's main environmental strategy papers, the bank's chief scientist has told the Financial Times.

Recongisable intentions and methods... The deputy responded - believe it or not, they try to hold on.

by das monde on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 02:03:57 AM EST
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