Worst Attorney General ever

June 16th, 2004 – 10:15 pm
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Paul Krugman had an excellent column on Tuesday where he talked about just what a failure Ashcroft has been in fighting the war on terror.

First, there’s the absence of any major successful prosecutions. The one set of convictions that seemed fairly significant — that of the “Detroit 3″ — appears to be collapsing over accusations of prosecutorial misconduct. (The lead prosecutor has filed a whistle-blower suit against Mr. Ashcroft, accusing him of botching the case. The Justice Department, in turn, has opened investigations against the prosecutor. Payback? I report; you decide.)

Then there is the lack of any major captures. Somewhere, the anthrax terrorist is laughing. But the Justice Department, you’ll be happy to know, is trying to determine whether it can file bioterrorism charges against a Buffalo art professor whose work includes harmless bacteria in petri dishes.

Perhaps most telling is the way Mr. Ashcroft responds to criticism of his performance. His first move is always to withhold the evidence. Then he tries to change the subject by making a dramatic announcement of a terrorist threat.

Does Ashcroft actually have any redeeming qualities to offset all of this?

No.

Is the only way to get rid of him to vote for John Kerry this fall?

Yes.

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