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White House Ethics Lesson
From Tomdispatch today, "The White House Ethics Lesson (From the Hope Springs Eternal Department)" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=35043
in which I consider whether the Bush White House, at its present nadir, has reached a "tipping point" or can catch a glimmer of light at tunnel's end. I suggest -- please note: this is satire -- that it can and cite recent evidence from the Pentagon and the White House Counsel's office that this might be so. I especially explore the presidentially mandated "ethics lessons" being offered this week to White House staffers and speculate on some of the ethical questions and answers being explored. For example:
"Question: Was it unethical for President Bush not to fire Karl Rove on discovering that he had leaked information on CIA agent Valerie Plame. Answer: On September 30, 2003, the President urged anyone in his administration with information about the Plame leak to "come forward". Then, on June 10, 2004, he pledged that any staff member who leaked her name would be "fired." If, by "fired," the President actually meant dismissed from his position, then his behavior would be unethical. However, according to The American Heritage Dictionary, discharged from a position is only the eighth meaning of the word "fire," preceded by, among other definitions, "to bake in a kiln," "to dry by heating," and "to arouse the emotions of." This is admittedly a muddy area (as baking in a kiln might imply), a what "is is" problem on which no one should rush to ethical judgment."