Sunday, April 22, 2007

Gonzales & the "Mayberry Machiavellis"

By Robert Parry
Consortium News

Friday 20 April 2007

"Watching the painfully inept testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales brought to mind the memorable comment in 2002 by ex-White House insider John DiIulio, who described how politics dominated everything in George W. Bush's government.

"There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus," said DiIulio, who had run Bush's office of faith-based initiatives. "What you've got is everything - and I mean everything - being run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."

The American people are finally waking up to the consequences of what DiIulio observed during his one-year stint on the inside. Everything is about the building and maintenance of power, not via sound policies but through political tactics - ranging from the conduct of the Iraq War to the handling of federal prosecutors. [For more on DiIulio's comments, see Ron Suskind's Esquire, January 2003, article.]"

For more head over to Truthout. Also, try to watch part of the testimony on Cspan, it is so worth watching Gonzo's convoluted testimony. Obviously it is harder to lie than to tell the truth.


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