"The notion that what happened at Abu Ghraib was a result of the policies of the Bush administration I just think is totally ridiculous."
Oh, Alberto! The former U.S. attorney general -- dubbed "Fredo" by former President George W. Bush -- has a new interview in Esquire magazine in which he indulges in a little revisionist history, a little fudging, and some self-righteous deflection. So -- same old Alberto Gonzales. These days, he's teaching political science at Texas Tech.
Of Bush, Gonzales said:
"He called me my first day of class here. First thing he said: 'Hello, professor.'"
Of his own tribulations, Gonzales mused:
"All the internal investigations are over with, no finding of wrongdoing, no finding that I misled Congress. So I'm gratified by that, but I'm certainly not surprised by it. But anyway, it creates impressions. And yeah, it takes some time to work through that. And that's what I'm trying to do now."
Oops. Just to correct you there counselor, that 2008 investigation by the Justice Department over the firing of U.S. attorneys has been referred to a federal prosecutor and remains open. And a 2008 OIG report found plenty of wrongdoing to go around.
But anyhoo....what about that other 10 percent?
"I think 90 percent of what happened to me is politics, pure and simple. It's tough to knock out a president. But if you can get someone who is viewed as close to the president, then that may be a good thing."
Read the whole interview here.
"Alas, how terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise, Johnny?"