Bush Wants a Puppet General

Bush’s first Surgeon General spoke out today.

White House Is Accused of Putting Politics Over Science

WASHINGTON, July 10 — Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional committee today that top officials in the Bush administration repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.

Dr. Carmona, who served as surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, said White House officials would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues because of political concerns. Top administration officials delayed for years and attempted to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand tobacco smoke, he said in sworn testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Why am I not more surprised? This is what we expect with George Bush. But it gets even more blatant:

He was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of every speech he gave, Dr. Carmona said. He was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings, at least one of which included Karl Rove, the president’s senior political adviser, he said.

And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to the Kennedy family.

“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.

WTF? “Why would you want to help those people?” I hope they meant the Kennedys and not the Special Olympians, but even if that’s true, why wouldn’t the Surgeon General want to help the Special Olympics? Who in their right mind would recommend against helping the Special Olympics? Maybe jokes about Dick Cheney being the type of person to trip racers in the Special Olympics aren’t so far off.

It’s no wonder Carmona left the office, and it’s no wonder that George Bush has nominated James “The Plumber” Holsinger to replace him. I guess the administration is hoping that Holsinger will mouth the company line like a good ventriloquist dummy. Although I’m not sure he’s going to like it when they try to put a hand up him to work his mouth. Holsinger has made it very clear that he thinks such things are unnatural.

There, I said George Bush’s name three times on this page. Now I can be Surgeon General.

More on Holsinger



  1. sobiop said,

    July 11, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Well, he puts power over law, and kick-ass over brains. He’s just being consistent.

  2. Gina said,

    July 11, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Good point, Sobi.

  3. gasdocpol said,

    July 11, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Bush is the puppet of the Neocons.

  4. Joe said,

    May 1, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    The Kennedy administration was the last one that had some degree of concern for the American people and their interests. And we all know what happened to him. That was the warning shot fired across the bow of anyone who might consider bucking the military, industrial, Wall Street, government complex or helping “those people”.

    The major difference between the Bush admistration and the ones prior to him are that Bushies have taken off the gloves and basically told everyone: “F— You, we don’t care what you think about what we are doing, you are insignificant”. The media, for the most part, support them and covers for them. Congress goes along to get along and keeps funding their wars and various secret projects.

    They know that most Americans are either too ignorant, too confused or just plain afraid to resist them so it is business as usual. Welcome to America in the 21st century.

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