Bush’s version of “honor and integrity”:
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, September 29, 2003:
“If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration.”
President Bush, February 10, 2004:
“If there’s a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is,” Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. “If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of.”
President Bush, June 10, 2004:
Q And, and, do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so? [“leaked the agent’s name”]
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
Update – Robert Parry:
In the Iran-Contra Affair, for instance, Ronald Reagan fired aides Oliver North and John Poindexter on Nov. 25, 1986, the day the scandal was revealed, rather than wait for the conclusion of a criminal probe.
On April 30, 1973, as the Watergate scandal was unfolding, Richard Nixon ousted chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman and White House counsel John Dean. Nixon famously promised “no whitewash at the White House.
By contrast, George W. Bush has taken no known disciplinary action against anyone for letting the identity of a covert CIA officer leak out.”
Actually, as far as I know Bush has not taken disciplinary action against anyone in his administration for anything, period. NO accountability whatsoever. Impunity. Total and absolute corruption.