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Accountability Finds a New Low

Updated on June 7, 2007

Hubris? Shamlessness? or Incompetence?


Leonard Pitts hammers Bush pretty hard in his op-ed column this morning. Here's the gist of his column:

"...But if the Bush people did not invent shamelessness, they have refined to a level that once seemed impossible. So much so that this shamelessness, this indifference to perception, this abysmal lack of what Thomas Jefferson called 'a decent respect for the opinions of mankind' may prove to be the administration's defining characteristic, its calling card in matters both grand and small. Granted, shamelessness will have to battle hubris and incompetence to earn that distinction, but still....

"No administration in living memory has shown Team Bush's ability to reverse itself so blithely, to deny the obvious so serenely, and to ignore precedent,.propriety and responsibility with such placid unconcern for consequences or public perception.

"Weapons of mass destruction not found where you once guaranteed they would be? Pretend you invaded Iraq for other reasons.

"'Stay the course' proving an ever more threadbare strategy? Deny it was ever your strategy at all.

"FEMA director presides over a botched disaster relief effort that costs hundreds of American lives? Praise him for doing 'a heckuva a job.'

"CIA director presides over intelligence-gathering failfures that cost thousands of American lives? Give him a Medal of Freedom.

"And so on.

"If you're looking for accountability, you're looking in the wrong White House. Or as Bush once put it, 'We had an accountability problem, and that's called the 2004 elections.' In other words, if you win the election you can do whatever you want and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks...."


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