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EDITORIAL REMEMBERING GONZALES FORGETFUL ATTORNEY GENERAL FINALLY DOES THE RIGHT THING.

IN the 6 1/2-year history of the Bush administration, accountability has been the ingredient most absent in federal government. So the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales marks a refreshing change of pace. For once, someone in the administration has gotten what he deserved.

And yet, it never needed to be this way. The "crime" that launched Gonzales' downfall was no crime at all. U.S. attorneys serve at the president's leisure. They are political appointees, hired and fired for political reasons -- like when Bill Clinton canned 93 Republican U.S. attorneys general upon taking office in 1993.

Gonzales' problem wasn't the firings; it was his inability to defend them. Indeed, he never defended them at all. Instead, he offered self-serving memory lapses, evasive testimony and an unmistakable contempt for the truth.

Having proved himself unfit for his vitally important job, Gonzales needed to go. The only regret is that he didn't have the good sense to step down months ago.
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Date:Aug 28, 2007
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