A sharply divided House of Representatives passed a resolution on Friday formally repudiating President Bush’s decision to send more than 20,000 new combat troops to Iraq.Well, no, it wasn't a "sharply divided" House, it was essentially partisan vote with a significant number of Republicans acting like rats (unfortunately, probably) or persons of principal (unlikely but one never knows).
But, you know, the American electorate already voted their resolution: overwhelmingly against... well, the most charitable thing one could say is that they voted against Our Leaders' relentless series of failed policies in and lies about Iraq.
And then there's this, which is freaking scary:
To win approval of a deal with North Korea that has been assailed by conservatives inside and outside the administration, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bypassed layers of government policy review that had derailed past efforts to negotiate an agreement, several senior administration officials said this week.In other words, in the normal course, Our Leaders have set up a system guaranteed to assure dysfunction and failure.
After a meeting in Berlin in mid-January with her top negotiator on North Korea, Christopher R. Hill, who had just held lengthy sessions with his North Korean counterparts, Ms. Rice called back to Washington to describe the outlines of the deal to Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, and then to President Bush.
But to some, it seemed the usual procedures were cut short — vetting the details though an interagency process that ordinarily would have brought in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, the Defense Department and aides at the White House and other agencies who had previously objected to rewarding North Korea before it gives up its weapons.
Word to Dick Cheney: If you're so pro-strong presidency you're doing an excellent job promoting the need for a weak presidency.
And note that it took six years and going behind the backs of numerous nutjobs to get the deal that could have been there six-odd years ago. You know, before North Korea made significant progress with nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Once again, Our Beloved Leaders succeed in making our nation and the world safer -- not. (The reader may join possible Next Leader Rudy Giuliani and thank God that George W. Bush is president.)
And then there's this too -- Our Leaders' parodistic respect for a system of law:
A United States attorney in Arkansas who was dismissed from his job last year by the Justice Department was ousted after Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, intervened on behalf of the man who replaced him, according to Congressional aides briefed on the matter.(Griffin has since declined the appointment now that it will require Constitution-mandated public hearing.)
Ms. Miers, the aides said, phoned an aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales suggesting the appointment of J. Timothy Griffin, a former military and civilian prosecutor who was a political director for the Republican National Committee and a deputy to Karl Rove, the White House political adviser.