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China and India: Past and Future (Brad DeLong's Morning Coffee)

Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Liars?

With respect to the U.S. Attorney Firing, Donp, commenting at, notes that 18 days' worth of documents have been pulled by the Justice Department from its release:

TPMmuckraker March 20, 2007 12:51 AM: The email of Nov 15 ends with "Who will determine if this requires the President's attention" and Meiers says it will take a while as he is gone. The plan attached (page 15) to that says to begin making calls on Nov 15. Sampson had also recommended informing Karl.

The next email is dated Dec 4! From William Kelley at 4:48 pm it says: "We're a go for the US atty plan. WH leg, political, and communications have signed off and acknowledged that we will have to be committed to following through once the pressure comes."

(so Nov 15 says it's time to talk to Karl and maybe the President, but that would take time...and the plan had been to start Nov 15. In this email, the plan has been changed to start calls Dec 7 - 2-1 page 20)

What happened between Nov 15 and Dec 4 to hold up the plan and require a change in execution from Nov 15 to Dec 7? The answer is from Kelley: We're a go for the US atty plan. WH leg, political, and communications have signed off"

Posted by: Donp. Date: March 20, 2007 02:19 AM

And Josh Micah Marshall says

The firing calls went out on December 7th. But the original plan was to start placing the calls on November 15th. So those eighteen days are pretty key ones.

Impeach Alberto Gonzales. Impeach Richard Cheney. Impeach George W. Bush. Do it now.