Bush claimed that Attorney General Mukasey will "bring clear purpose and resolve" to the Justice Department. I don't think anyone has argued that the present Justice Department lacked clear purpose and resolve; the problem was that the purposes were illegitimate -- the politicizing of justice.
The direction of this renewed purpose can be inferred from the President's other comments: that Alberto Gozales was a person of "integrity and decency." No one who approved the torture memoranda can reasonably be described as a person of integrity and decency; no one who called the Geneva Convention "quaint" can reasonably be called a person of decency and integrity.
So, if that is what the President thinks, I fear we are in for another fourteen months of disaster.
I hope that I am wrong. Attorney General Mukasey can prove me wrong by his future actions.
Sent to Boston Globe