Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s former Attorney General, who resigned in disgrace 16 months ago, whose famous repeating of “I don’t recall” to Congress showed that he has the memory capacity of someone who has been repeatedly struck on the head, who was ultimately responsible for the scandalous purge of US Attorneys, who filled his department with ideologues and party hacks, who signed memos justifying torture, who approved warrantless searches, brought shame and disgrace to the Justice Department, and who was investigated for perjury and obstruction of justice, … feels sorry for himself.
No, we aren’t kidding. In a painfully self-pitying interview with the Wall Street Journal, Gonzo says:
What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong? … for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.
Gonzales feels that he is a victim because he is having trouble finding a new job, so he is writing a book to set the record straight. If he wants to know what he did that was wrong, he should read legal expert Andrew Cohen’s detailed list of wrongs committed by Gonzales, summed up by:
By any reasonable standard, the Gonzales Era at the Justice Department is void of almost all redemptive qualities.
The Justice Department under Gonzales was a miserable failure … Good riddance to it.
I guess Gonzales just “can’t recall” what he did wrong, and is further demonstrating that — unlike during his testimony to Congress — he has forgotten when he should shut up.