Whoa, Everybody, It Was Them, Not Me.
Bush's Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is trying to sell a book, so he's chummed the waters with the revelation that BushCo "maybe" tried to "play politics" by elevating the threat color chart just after the Democratic National Convention enjoyed a six-point bump.
He said he knew back then it was probably time to quit the Bush administration because he felt politically pressured to raise the terror level, but then he didn't quit at the time, now did he?
He let the Bush people politicize the threat level and stayed mum about it until years later, when it was time to sell his book, so now he's acting like some kind of noble statesman for tattling on Bush.
The time for Ridge to do the right thing was back then.
A public announcement that he was quitting because he refused to phony up the threat level would have harpooned the dishonest Republicans and quite possibly won John Kerry the election.
But now he's just one more Republican scumbag who regrets his alliance with Bush, lost his ability to earn a decent living because of it, so now he's written a book to recoup a little money.
Screw Ridge and his latter-day confession.
Anyone who willingly joined the Bush administration either knew they were throwing their lot in with liars and crooks, or were too stupid to know, which is just as bad.
It was no surprise that Bush and Dick manipulated terror threat levels, none whatsoever.
We so-called loony liberals knew it at the time, and being vindicated years later is no great prize.
The great prize would be a special investigator who can pin crimes on Bush and Dick, and see they're tried and convicted on most if not all of them.