Here is that magic number 16 again.

Mr. President,
What is it about you and the number 16?

“Lock and seriously loaded” Cheney lost his chief of staff after you decided to keep those infamous 16 words, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa," in your 2003 State of the Union Speech.

You used those famous words to bolster your case for attacking Iraq, even after Joseph Wilson 4th, the ex-Ambassador of Gabon, a 23 year career foreign service officer and ambassador, found no evidence that supported your assertion about Iraq’s intention to buy yellowcake.

And we all saw where it went from there.
Wilson wrote his famous opinion article in the New York Times, “What I didn’t find in Africa” and then Cheney launched a venomous personal attack plan to discredit Wilson which somehow resulted in someone from your administration divulging the identity of Wilson’s wife as a covert CIA agent who ironically was working on uncovering weapons of mass destruction in the Mid East.

Shortly afterwards you state that you will fire anyone who participated in outing the CIA agent, but you refuse to fully cooperate during the initial part of the investigation until Fitzgerald is finally assigned as the chief investigator. FBI agents ask questions and people testify before the grand jury. After months and months of effort Cheney’s chief of staff is found guilty of obstruction of justice and lying to the grand jury and although some of your cabinet members were involved in disclosing Valerie Plame as a covert agent, you didn't fire anybody.

It is a hell of a mess.

Your favorite number 16 comes into play again as your new bush-disaster involves a 16 day gap in e-mails which were sent to congressional investigators after they requested e-mail records between the Justice Department and your White House concerning the firing of seven U.S. attorneys last year.

No e-mails were presented from November 15 to December 2, 2006.

It is curious because the attorneys were fired shortly afterwards.

Take Carol Lam, the federal prosecutor from San Diego. She was fired shortly after she informed Washington about some search warrants in a Republican corruption case last year.

According to an
LA Times article, “Afterwards, a top Justice Department official in Washington wrote to the White House about a "real problem we have right now with Carol Lam."

Lam had successfully indicted Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former Republican congressman from Rancho Santa Fe who ultimately pleaded guilty to bribery and income tax evasion.

He was sentenced in March 2006 to eight years and four months in prison.

It looks like U.S. Atty. Carol C. Lam was fired because she was investigating Republican politicians in Southern California including a couple of Cunningham’s buddies.

Buddies like defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes who bribed Cunningham and then received millions in federal contracts. Wilkes is suspected of plying other congressmen and Washington officials with bribes and prostitutes.

Lam was also investigating another Cunningham buddy, "Dusty" Foggo, a top CIA official who suddenly resigned May 8.

Maybe he suddenly wanted to spend more time with his family.

Don't look now but “Gonzo-gate” has the same earmarks as the State of the Union “16 word fiasco.” The final story to that tale of presidential hubris and illegal activity has not been totally flushed out yet. Scotter was the only one to pay the price for that one, but boy did it hurt you and the Republican party.

Your offer to allow Rove and Miers to talk to the congressional investigating committee as long as it is behind closed doors and not under oath is laughable.

But, it fits your profile, because you have always been a lousy negotiator.

You might want to reconsider your ridiculous offer because the USS Bushshit is leaking like a sieve captain. I would not be surprised to see Gonzo go, but who would replace your tex-mex buddy, the guy who helped you execute a record number of inmates in Texas, the guy who got you out of jury duty where your drunk driving and drug abuse record would be made public before the elections.

This is another juicy story; it is just too good, someone is going to spill their guts and another salvo of charges will no doubt hit the U.SS Bushshit again and again until another of your lackey’s screw ups is made public.

The Democrats, especially the ones running for president, are loving it because they don’t have to talk about solving your Iraq disaster as long as your buddies keep screwing up like this.

Isn’t it funny how over time, your circle of close advisors is forming a tighter and tighter noose.

This is going to be great theatre; hell this is going to be better than a Paris Hilton sex video but infinitely more obscene for our democracy as you push our government towards a constitutional crisis.

Date: March 22, 2007 4:25:53 AM CDT

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