"Former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona yesterday accused the Bush administration of muzzling him on sensitive public health issues, becoming the most prominent voice among several current and former federal science officials who have complained of political interference." - WaPo

Blah blah blah blah. I'm sure you've heard it all before.

"Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is often ignored, marginalized or simply buried," he said. "The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds."

Hey Doc, over here, I just thought of something even worse. That would be someone who would accept a position of public trust and allow information vital to the people to be ignored, marginalized or simply buried when it happens to offend the ideological, theological or political sensibilities of their nominal boss. That kind of blind allegiance kinda makes you worse than useless doesn't it?

I couldn't be more sick of this type story. What does the Bush administration do, anyway, hypnotize these suckers so they forget they had any ethics until somebody snaps their fingers? How do we explain characters like Colin 'I spent two and a half hours trying to talk him out of it' Powell who can methodically go down a path that they believe is wrong, knowing that at the end of the day Master is going to give them a kick in the teeth with the very foot they've been slobbering on? (and talk about your loyal dog - when Colin made his final exit from the castle, we only had 1200 dead soldiers; it's taken another 2400 to finally loosen his tongue).

So here's your boot in the kisser, Doc, delivered not by 'Boss' or his boy Tony, not even the lovely and talented Dana Perino, but the Under-Assistant Deputy Press Secretary and former Rick Santorum mouthpiece, Mr Tony Fratto. "As surgeon general, Dr. Carmona was given the authority and had the obligation to be the leading voice for the health of all Americans. It's disappointing to us if he failed to use his position to the fullest extent in advocating for policies he thought were in the best interests of the nation."

A callously disingenuous, and morally reprehensible statement, but in it's own way, a richly deserved bit of irony.


2007, Mark Hoback