It's clear that one person (Scooter) in the Bush administration acted illegally. It is posible that more did so. But it is clear many acted unethically and did harm to Americans by leaking Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative. Joe Wilson believes Bush owes the American people an apology.......
We anticipate no mea culpa from the president for what his senior aides have done to us. But he owes the nation both an explanation and an apology.
However it is no surprise that this will not be forthcoming as Bush does not even see that he has done anything Wrong. This is from David Gergen on CNN's Larry King......
GERGEN: Well, I certainly agree that he should be outraged. The president should be outraged about the blowing of the cover of a CIA agent. His father, President Bush senior, takes this very seriously, and you know, he just thinks it's a terrible thing to happen.
And I think the son should share that outrage.
And I think he needs to restore some of his moral authority and I worry that he and the people around him are in denial, that they don't think they've done anything wrong, that they believe Harriet Miers went down because of politics and because of press, it wasn't -- they didn't make no mistakes.
That they believe this thing with Fitzgerald is sort of basically trumped up. It's not all that important. That they can close the door on it and simply move on, and now move on to a big fight on the Senate over a supreme court nomination.
I think that's the wrong approach. The Reagan approach, after Iran-Contra, which does seem to me to be the model, was that Ronald Reagan, after a little reluctance, you know, basically said, I take responsibility.
He went on the television, in a national address, and accepted responsibility. He acted humbly. There was a lot of introspection. And he brought in fresh blood, and then he started working in a very bipartisan way with the Congress.
Humility, acting responsibly and introspection are not qualities that have ever been associated with Bush. There will be no apology but there should.