The kingdom is crumbling. Part…

The kingdom is crumbling. Part 3.

Bush knew about leak of CIA operative’s name

Witnesses told a federal grand jury President George W. Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of a covert CIA operative’s name to a journalist in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of administration policy in Iraq

John Dean: The serious implications Of President Bush’s hiring a personal outside counsel for the Plame investigation

This action by Bush is a rather stunning and extraordinary development. The President of the United States is potentially hiring a private criminal defense lawyer. Unsurprisingly, the White House is doing all it can to bury the story.

Climbing up the food chain. “Cheney reportedly interviewed in leak of C.I.A. officer’s name”

And Bush appears to be losing it.

Bush’s erratic behavior worries White House aides

Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.

In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”

How … Nixonesque.

And here’s a plausible explantion of why Tenet “resigned”

The President’s abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet Wednesday night is, aides say, an example of how he works.

“Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn’t hear of it,” says an aide. “That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying ‘that’s it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now.”

Tenet was allowed to resign “voluntarily” and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually described the decision as “God’s will.”

The decline and fall of George Bush is upon us. Grab the popcorn. And hope that, before he loses in November or is forced from office, he has no more delusions that Jesus just whispered in his ear and told him to invade more countries.

Heck, even the Pope spanked him.

Bush takes a tongue-lashing from the Pope over Iraq

The Pope yesterday subjected George Bush to a very public, relentlessly critical assessment of the US administration’s performance in Iraq, attacking “deplorable” abuses of prisoners and calling for an international solution to the country’s crisis.