Bush Forgives Sandy Berger?
If President Bush is upset that former national security advisor Sandy Berger destroyed top secret terrorism documents in a bid to obstruct the 9/11 Commission investigation, he sure has a strange way of showing it.
In June, two months after Berger pled guilty to what some say is the most serious crime ever committed by a senior White House official - Bush invited him to the White House, where, according to the Associated Press, the disgraced former Clinton advisor was trotted out to voice support for CAFTA legislation.
Yesterday D.C. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson rejected a plea worked out for Berger by the Bush Justice Department, saying the $10,000 fine and 3-year security suspension arranged by Public Integrity Section chief Noel Hillman was way too lenient.
Robinson quintupled the fine and sentenced Berger to 100 hours of community service, saying that Hillman's recommendation didn't "sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the offense."
I wonder what to make of it?
It could be that Bush is just a nice and forgiving guy....I can deal with that. But, maybe Burger has seen the error of his ways and come clean; possibly even accepting a deal that permits him to not go to jail for his treason? Now, what could he possibly have revealed to obtain such a deal?
Possibly I am making something out of nothing. But I hope not.
When we understand Berger's bizarre behavior from last year, we might well understand a lot more about what was left out of the 9/11 Commission report.