So, Richard J. Griffin got axed. It looks to me like he may have been a career diplomat/bureaucrat specializing in the civilian security side of the federal government, in the Secret Service and the like. I wonder if he is a fall guy in this case, a politically expendable figure without the juice to call in protection (like Gonzales and Libby could). But if Rice and company were hoping this action would help dissipate the widening private security controversy, they were wrong. Because now comes the news that immunity was granted without senior level authorization to Blackwater guards involved in September's one-sided shooting incident in which seventeen Iraqi civilians were shot to death by the security contractors, allegedly. A New York Times article tells a pretty ugly story.
Just when you think this administration cannot become more incompetent, it does. Just about any new event creates a fresh opportunity for them to do something totally idiotic--the kind of idiocy that produces real damage in the world. I don't buy the excuse that the people who granted the immunity were State Department underlings who got out of line. It all starts with the leadership, and in the George W. Bush administration, the tolerance for incompetence is set at the very top.