Yippee-ki-yi-yea...get lost little doggie. It is official, John Ashcroft has resigned as Attorney General of the United States. Yahoo! News is reporting that Ashcroft made his resignation announcement today-- along with the Secretary of Commerce Don Evans.
His resignation letter, dated November 2nd, said that "nothing in [his] life compares to the high honor of serving America as Attorney General..." Yet due to health problems, a removed gall bladder earlier this year and an unimaginable amount of stress, Ashcroft decided it was time to part ways with the Bush administration.
Ashcroft also stated: "The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved. " Are you kidding me? If this were truly the case why does the terror alert level keep going up and down?
The PATRIOT Act will be up for review soon, it will have to run through Congress, so I expect we haven't seen the last of Ashcroft. Obviously, I'm a bit excited about this departure. It will be interesting to see if Powell, Rumsfeld, Ridge, and Snow stay on board for the next four years. Says quite a lot about an administration if half the cabinet is leaving...
But then again it says a lot about a man if he loses a congressional seat to a dead man.