[F]or some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.
We could, of course, spend all day pondering the fact that the guy who was theoretically responsible for prosecuting actual terrorists would compare himself to a victim of terrorism. He resigned his job in disgrace. A 100+ story building didn’t fall on top of him. He wasn’t hospitalized to treat anthrax from a random bit of mail. His Humvee wasn’t blown up on a road in Iraq, nor did al Qaeda forces ambush him in the Afghan mountains.
No, people called him evil for authorizing torture, for accepting the illegal and warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, and for illegally firing prosecutors who wouldn’t pursue a political agenda (focusing on counterterrorism or Republican corruption rather than nonexistent voter fraud, for instance). As a result of the growing evidence that he perjured himself before Congress, and that the actions he perjured himself about were illegal, Gonzales resigned his position, and is now, apparently, unemployable.
He may be a casualty of terrorism, but I’d say it’s a self-inflicted wound.