Apparently, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has become a dirty hippie.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he believes some of the U.S. actions in its war on terror have done damage to the image of the United States abroad, particularly its commitment to the rule of law.

Whatwhatwhat? I thought even mentioning that our actions are having a negative influence on how the world views us made someone a part of the “blame America first” crowd. And a card-carrying Communist, too.

But wait, there’s more!

“The notion that the United States does not fully support the rule of law is one I find very disappointing,” Gonzales told reporters, especially given that President Bush “believes the Unites States is the leader, is a beacon of hope in the world and it’s important that our actions should reflect a total commitment to the rule of law.”

Wishing something to be true does not make it so.

He blamed the country’s deteriorating image on misunderstanding in Europe about what the U.S. is doing to fight terrorism.

“Part of the misunderstanding is the fault of the United States in the sense that we need to be out there more, talking about what we are doing and why,” he said.

Holy crap, he accepted some of the blame. But I love the bit where our suspension of Habeas Corpus and “interpretation” of the Geneva Conventions – in reopened Soviet gulags in Eastern Europe, no less – are just “misunderstood” by Europeans. No, Mr. Gonzales, I think they are very plainly understood in the rest of the world.

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