Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he would resign Monday, after a scandal-tainted tenure marred by critics' claims he was incompetent, hid the truth and may be guilty of perjury.
Gonzales, an architect of contentious US "war on terror" legal tactics, was also at the center of a row over firings of federal prosecutors, was the target of a barrage from Democrats and lost the confidence of many top Republicans.
He was the latest confidant to leave President George W. Bush, 17 months before the US leader himself exits the White House after his second term.
President George W. Bush insisted Saturday his new war strategy in Iraq showed promise but needed more time to bear fruit as the White House fought to rebuff calls for a withdrawal of US troops.
"We are still in the early stages of our new operations," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "But the success of the past couple of months have shown that conditions on the ground can change -- and they are changing."
In a clear jab at critics demanding a drawdown of US troops, Bush added: "We cannot expect the new strategy we are carrying out to bring success overnight."
Throughout the war in Iraq, President Bush has firmly dismissed comparisons with Vietnam, and his aides were careful not to mention that still-raw conflict in defending his policies.
Bush administration political appointees have a proven track record of meddling in the work of the government's career appointees, suppressing findings that conflict with GOP dogma and rewriting reports that might upset the party's socially conservative base.
They seem to have surpassed themselves over at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which does the laudable work of researching ways to keep Americans from getting killed in their cars.
President George W. Bush on Wednesday warned that a hasty withdrawal from Iraq would trigger a bloodbath like the one in Southeast Asia after the US defeat and retreat from Vietnam.
"Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left," Bush said in an effort to turn on its head the analogy by critics who liken the Iraq war to the Vietnam quagmire.
The White House is so worried that the increasing number of protestors who show up at Presidential events might intrude on the delusional world of George W. Bush that they have a manual that details how to keep dissent away from the President.
It even details how to throw dissenters out of Presidential rallies.
President George W. Bush has long believed he and those who work for him are above the law and not subject to the rules that govern the rest of America.
And that is exactly what the Justice Department is arguing in its latest claim that records in the White House Office of Administration are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
At issue is whether or not the law can ever be used to force the Bush Administration to be open and honest with the American people.
A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents.
U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration had violated a 1990 law when it failed to meet deadlines for an updated U.S. climate change research plan and impact assessment.
President George W. Bush claims history will prove him right on the Iraq war. The test of time, he says, will show the war as necessary in his so-called war on terrorism.
Bush evens uses Vietnam as a comparison, saying we were proven right there as well. That, some would argue, is rewriting history in real time.
And historians say what history will prove about Iraq is what most Americans now believe: That Bush's failed war will go down as the biggest foreign policy screw up in modern times is not all time.
For Bush to believe otherwise is the height of delusion by a delusional President.
President George W. Bush on Saturday praised what he called "progress and reconciliation" achieved in some Iraqi communities, but pointedly avoided using US government-approved benchmarks in assessing the situation in the country.
"Americans can be encouraged by the progress and reconciliation that are taking place at the local level," Bush said in his weekly radio address that came less than a month ahead of a crucial review of US military operations Iraq.