Investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) into National Security Council (NSA) warrantless wiretapping has been stymied because, for the first time in its history, security clearances have been denied to OPR personnel by the National Security Agency, itself. The Bush administration can take credit for the first-ever refusal of this kind. This action begs the question of how this government can ever be held in check.
This is not the only instance of the Bush administration blocking investigations and denying access to information. As Bush's poll numbers drop into the 20% range for the first time, he seems to be hunkering down even more in his bunker, not simply refusing to face reality, but actually spitting in its face.
Bush's aggressive and arrogant behavior on a whole range of issues can be tied fairly clearly to his stated beliefs about how he makes decisions on foreign policy. In his own words:
I base a lot of my foreign-policy decisions on some things that I think are true. One, I believe there's an Almighty. And secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody's soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free.
With God as his chief advisor, how can we expect Bush to listen to anyone or anything else?