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Gonzales to Soon Follow Wolfowitz Out the Door, Predicts Prof. Ken Bode

Gonzales to Soon Follow Wolfowitz Out the Door, Predicts Prof. Ken Bode

May 18, 2007

May 18, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Of Paul Wolfowitz's resignation as president of the World Bank in the wake of a nepotism scandal, Ken Bode writes, "Loyal Bushies maintain this is retribution for his role in getting us and the rest of the world embroiled in Iraq. Maybe so. Either the war or the girlfriend is sufficient reason for me. Wolfowitz must go," declares Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, in today's Indianapolis Star.

Bode's op-ed column begins by introducing Monica S. Goodling, former White House liaison for the Department of Justice, "empowered to hire and fire with full authority of the attorney general [Alberto Gonzales] ... When the scandal broke about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, Monica was the first to jump ship. She resigned and her lawyer said that ifLaw Scale 4.jpg asked to testify, Goodling would take the Fifth Amendment." 

The professor notes that when the attorney general testified before the Senate, "Gonzales buried himself in obfuscation, a performance deemed pathetically unconvincing by everyone but his patron, President Bush. What happens next? Ms. Goodling, a graduate of Regent University Law School, where half the graduates flunk the bar on their first tries, has been voted immunity and will be subpoenaed to testify and tell the truth or face prosecution herself. This will be a telling moment when America learns about how the Bush administration has polluted the Justice Department with politically orthodox Bushies."

Dr. Bode adds, "What Goodling did was almost certainly illegal, and it illustrates what Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post calls 'the administration's fox-guarding-the-henhouseJustice Department DOJ.jpg personnel plan, the disdain of its employees for the laws they are sworn to enforce and their spoils-of-war attitude toward the government they are entrusted with overseeing.'"

In the meantime, Bode -- a former CNN senior political analyst -- writes, "Alberto Gonzales, who claims ignorance about who put together the list of U.S. attorneys to be fired, is twisting in the wind ... And now [he] has his own Monica problem. When Ms. Goodling testifies and reveals how deeply the Justice Department has been politicized with incompetent cronies, he'll be gone too. So long, Alfredo."

Access the complete column at College News.org.

Ken Bode's last op-ed, on the war in Iraq, was published May 4. Read more in this previous story.

Source: Indianapolis Star