Scandals Haunt Bush

Bush been hurt by a scandal than he faced another that adds to an avalanche of bad news and pressures at home where he himself became a pariah, not seen alongside any Republican candidate on the campaign trail.

Scandals Haunt Bush

"Hurray! The US attorney purge scandal's eclipsing the Scooter Libby debacle that's totally clouding the Walter Reed disgrace...," the editorial cartoon of the Washington Post daily wrote, picturing Bush's aide Carl Rove telling the president, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Sunday, March 18.

The caricature referred to the chain of recent scandals haunting Bush's hand-picked administration from a purge of US attorneys and the outing of a covert CIA operative to revelations of dismal hospital care for Iraq war veterans and FBI breaches of US privacy laws.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is fighting to save his job after the escalating fallout over the firing of federal prosecutors, who told Congress that they were fired because they resisted pressure from Republican lawmakers over sensitive cases, not for "performance reasons," as the Justice Department first claimed.

Former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of lying to a grand jury and FBI about outing the identity of a CIA officer, becoming the highest-ranking White House official to face a heavy prison sentence amounting to 25 years in decades.

CIA spy Valerie Plame on Friday, March 16, accused the Bush administration — in her testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — of maliciously blowing her cover to avenge her diplomat husband's criticism of the White House's drive to war.

"Your career was ended. Your life may have been in jeopardy, and they didn't seem to care," the panel's chair, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), told Plame.

More and more, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has admitted breaching US privacy rules to access individuals' telephone, e-mail and financial records, drawing fire from civil rights groups and US lawmakers.

Last but not least, the Bush administration has come under public fire for the treatment of injured soldiers in Iraq in squalid conditions, a scandal that cost the general in charge and secretary of the army Francis Harvey their jobs.

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Experts say that the backbreaking scandals have made Bush a pariah, not seen alongside any Republican candidate on the campaign trail.

A constant nightmare for Bush is the invasion of Iraq as he is trying his best to sell his unpopular war to the public and a Democrats-led Congress, which is to debate later this week a military spending bill calling partly to a US withdrawal from Iraq by September 2008.

Massive anti-war rallies across the United Sates on Saturday and Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, urging an immediate pullout from the war-torn country.

A Newsweek poll warned on Saturday, March 17, that Americans are becoming increasingly unnerved by the scandals, and want blood.

It showed that 45 percent of the Americans believed that the Bush administration has politicized too many areas of government, particularly the US justice system.

Pariah

Experts say that the backbreaking scandals have made Bush a pariah, not seen alongside any Republican candidate on the campaign trail.

"Everyone and everything seems to be going against him," David Corbin, a political expert at the University of New Hampshire, told AFP.

Corbin said Bush has a lot of holes to plug.

"In general terms, Bush has a limited amount of time left to do things until his second term is over," he said.

According to the Newsweek poll, Bush's approval rating remains unchanged since his Republicans lost control of Congress in November elections, at a dismal 30 percent.

His handling of the war in Iraq has earned Bush the support of only 27 percent of Americans surveyed, with a majority supporting a Democrat proposal to withdraw US troops from Iraq by September 2008.

Books attacking Bush's policies are further flooding US bookstores; mainly attacking his imposition of a theocracy and fanning flames of anti-Americanism.

US real estate mogul Donald Trump, a Republican, has put it in a nutshell.

"Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States," Trump told CNN in an interview aired Friday.

 

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