Monday, May 14, 2007

Bush Fires A Few Good Men

...or at least one man who did lots of good for common soldiers, and lots of evil for Republicans, but it was when he stopped doing evil for Republicans that Bush showed him the door:

We turn to the latest in the US attorney firing scandal. Nearly half of the US attorneys slated for removal by the Bush administration last year were targeted for not doing enough to prosecute voter fraud. According to the Washington Post, of the twelve US attorneys known to have been dismissed or considered for removal last year, five were identified by presidential advisor Karl Rove or other administration officials as working in districts that were trouble spots for voter fraud: Kansas City, Milwaukee, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington state. Four of the five prosecutors in those districts were fired.


AMY GOODMAN: And that was the excerpt of A Few Good Men from Greg Palast’s piece. Greg Palast, investigative journalist, his latest book just out on paperback called Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans, Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild. Greg Palast joins us in the studio now.

Greg, I just want to start where you left off and started this film: A Few Good Men. I don't think most people understand this about David Iglesias.

GREG PALAST: Yes, well, Iglesias was the guy played by Tom Cruise in the film A Few Good Men, which is a real story about how a young military attorney stood up to military brass to uncover the truth. And somehow they thought that this -- you know, this Tom --

As Chomsky has mentioned, when the President of the United States can break multiple serious domestic and international laws at will, one has to question whether the phrase 'the rule of law' still has any meaning.

Man, they totally politicized the inJustice Department. I knew that already, but I didn't know it was this bad. I guess I should have.

But...they fired Tom Fuckin Cruise? The Tom Cruise lawyer character in A Few Good Men? The hero of the movie? Shit is bizarre. Which is about par for the course for Bush.

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