Ugly Consequence Of Plagiarism
“Man in the Middle” by Timothy Goeglein is more telling than it lets on. He readily, and freely admitted, partial plagiarizing of several columns he wrote for the News-Sentinel. Shattered and fearful, he feared immediate excommunication from his job (Deputy Director of White House Public Liaison), and from his immediate boss, George W. Bush, president of the US.
As one of Karl Rove’s aides, Goeglein worked inside the White House for 7 1/2 years. When tendering his resignation directly to Bush, Bush said, “I have known mercy and grace in my own life, and I am offering it to you now. You are forgiven.” Plagiary [YourDictionary] in this case, can be defined as “to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own.” No killing, asphyxiation, poisoning, or stabbing, but a wrongdoing nonetheless. His clear regret about plagiarism was brought out in the first pages.
He worked with people from Dan Coats (S/In) for 10 years, to Gary Bauer (his Presidential Campaign), to George Bush. He was in the Bush vs. Gore recount sensation of 2000, in 2001 the controversial Stem Cell Research option, very faith-based, survived horror of the 9/11 attacks (as Goeglein put it, “lightning out of a clear blue sky”), involved with Bush’s declaration of war (3/19/03) and the US invasion to disarm Iraq, free its people, and defend the world from massive danger,
Both parties agreed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Intelligence concluded Hussein intended to restart his WMD programs again once UN sanctions were lifted. After dethroning Hussein, terrorist attacks became a major problem, but Bush altered his course (2007) with a “surge” by Generals Patraeus and Oldierno.
In the mid-1990’s, Congress overwhelmingly passed Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The White House would not get involved with states on this issue.
Supreme Court Nomination Harriet Miers
During all his White House years, Goeglein had no higher professional and personal regard, than for Harriet Miers (SC nominee). Because she was such a critical cog in Bush’s successes, he considered her indispensable among his closest advisors. Miers was nominated by Bush to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor. Three weeks after her nomination, Meirs’ lack of enough documentation for the Left, and the Right’s general apprehension, caused decay of her nomination, and she decided to withdraw. Had the confirmation process been less political, Miers was one of the most qualified-ever.
Some Of Many Won Wars
Bush’s battles to have John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the SC was the biggest domestic achievement impacting millions of Americans. Goeglein describes Bush’s closeness with the recent Catholic popes, his refusal for tax-funded embryonic stem-cell research, opposition to gay marriage, and creation of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief). PEPFAR made Bush famous in most of Africa. He authorized a major anti-malarial program which ‘halved’ HIV/AIDS in 15 African countries.
But Goeglein does mention several Bush moves that were likely mistakes. He signifies his achievements with Tony Blair (England), the CIA/FBI, freeing 25 million Iraqis, missile defense progress (under General Obering), and signing a major nuclear agreement with India (fastest emerging nuclear superpower).
With hundreds of unmentioned facts, one of the best staff choices ever made was selecting spokesman Tony Snow as Bush’s WH press secretary. His untimely death at a young age was shocking, because he was so good at what he did.
Bush’s Unmatchable Moral Touch
According to Goeglein, most of Bush’s significant decisions seemed to be rooted in innate wisdom. He stated George Washington was especially supportive of the role on religion in American life. He specifically discussed the Constitution’s Framers agreeing all of man’s basic rights came from God-not government. That freedom and Christianity are highly symbiotic, realizing the Founders knew private and public faith were vital to the strength of the New Republic.
Despite some superfluous verbiage, Goeglein makes it clear that very few knew the totality of George Bush’s real White House.