A man alone: The twilight of the Bush presidency - Independent Online Edition > World Politics
Alberto Gonzales: Resigned, August 2007
A controversial figure in Washington, Gonzales had become embroiled in a bitter row over the sacking of eight US prosecutors.
Karl Rove: Resigned, August 2007
Often dubbed "the brains behind Bush", the Deputy Chief of Staff has continued to be dogged by controversy, most recently being implicated in the Valerie Plame CIA "outing" affair.
Dan Bartlett: Resigned, June 2007
After rising through the ranks to become President Bush's communications director, Bartlett, 36, resigned to spend more time with his young family.
Paul Wolfowitz: Resigned, June 2007
A key architect of the neoconservatism that has defined Bush's presidency, Wolfowitz was one of the key supporters of the invasion of Iraq. He was forced to step down in June over the part he played in awarding a huge pay-rise to his partner, a former World Bank employee.
Harriet Miers: Resigned, January 2007
Bush's most senior lawyer had been a loyal adviser since the 1980s, and the President put her forward for the position of Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court in 2005. But, under pressure from Democrats and conservative law-makers unhappy at her credentials, he later withdrew her nomination.
John Bolton: Resigned, December 2006
Only President Bush would choose a man like Bolton to be the US envoy to the UN. The hardline lawyer, whose 2005 appointment raised eyebrows among both Republicans and Democrats, once said there was "no such thing" as the UN and called the US the world's "only real power". Accused of bullying his subordinates and abusing access to intelligence, he stepped down in December.
Donald Rumsfeld: Retired, December 2006
As the mastermind behind the "shock and awe" strategy in the Iraq war, and Bush's most prominent ally in his war on terror. He is writing his memoirs.
Andrew Card: Resigned, March 2006
Card had served Bush for 15 years at the time of his resignation. Once said to have been asked by his wife: "Are you married to me or George Bush?", he was the aide seen informing a dumbstruck President about the 9/11 attacks during a visit to a Florida elementary school.
Lewis 'Scooter' Libby: Resigned, October 2005
The Chief of Staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, and former Bush aide, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years last June for perjury and obstruction of justice.
John Ashcroft: Resigned, 2004
Bush's Attorney General after the 2000 election, Ashcroft became the first high-profile departure after the President won a second term in 2004. Staunchly religious and anti-abortion, his appointment was a reward for the religious right's support. He was a key supporter of the controversial post-September 11 Patriot Act.
Colin Powell: Resigned, 2004
Since his resignation, the former Secretary of State has become increasingly critical of the Bush administration and the conduct of troops and treatment of detainees in Iraq.
Ari Fleischer: Resigned, 2003
Inducted into Bush's camp a year before the 2000 election, Fleischer became a household name thanks to his daily press briefings after the September 11 attacks.
It has been said that US foreign policy over the decades has resulted in the deaths of over 8 million innocent civilians. A Rollingstone
article this week, illustrated how over $500 billion has been squandered in Irak over the last 4 year, with only a tiny percentage of this vast sum being accounted for (ie, US taxpayers have been royally fucked)
whilst some might celebrate the demise of the above listed individuals from a public office, where is the sense of justice for that which they have done and indeed have promoted to their successors.
it seems that the Land of the Free, promotes an entitlement to a select elite to do whatever they wish, with out restraint of humanity, morality or even the slightest decency. and sadly for Americans, it is your name being dragged thru the mud as your offsprig die as military personnel or go to work in NYC skyscrapers.
how is it that all these people , even 'Scooter' Libby who was at least found guilty of a crime, are allowed to walk away scott free? the supporters of Hitler had Nuremburg. If these people have nothign to hide, then surely they have nothing to fear.... and yet where is the accountability? it makes no sense to me.