But he also took time, in response to Blitzer’s questioning, to defend his record on torture. He declared, “I did my best to defend our country,” and seemed eager to make clear that he was still at the White House, not the Justice Department, when DOJ signed off on those “harsh interrogation techniques.”
It’s noticeable that Gonzo isn’t following the Cheney model in his appearances: staking out a role as an aggressive, no-apologies defender of the Bush administration. But nor is he offering even faint criticism of any of his former colleagues, or suggesting that he’s rethought any past positions.
It is of course just one semi-anonymous bloggers impression…..But Fredo Gonzales has never struck me as a Monumental Pillar of Moral Strength.
Iirc, he was voted “most likely to turn State’s evidence” in High School.
He was honored by the National Cobblers Guild as the Bootlicker of the Year. Twice.
He was the only White House official to ever have an endorsement deal. With Chapstick.
In his testimony before Congress, it often seemed as if he was alternating between starting to openly weep….and trying to keep a straight face while endlessly and aggressively Not Recalling the crimes he was complicit in.
I predict that merely placing him in a locked room with a picture of a board and a picture of a pitcher of water would cause him to sing like Beverly Sills before the door was closed.
IF we had an real investigation into the Bushco Torture Program, and I was one of the investigators, I would beat a path to his door posthaste.
Consider that to be advice, Senator Whitehouse!