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Mr. Alberto Gonzales, now, former White House Counsel , and it looks like, future US Attorney General (AG), is on his way to the highest post ever held by a Latino in the US Government. That is, according to news reports.
Mr. Gonzales, according to a press report, has been a long time friend and associate of President Bush. He will finally be rewarded for his loyalty, his counsel and his hard work.
If Gonzales is appointed, he will be in a unique position to represent all Latinos living in the US. That, in itself, is worthy of mention.
His critics, however, frown eyebrows at his possible appointment. Apparently, Mr. Gonzales is a conservative with deep roots in the south. Gonzales was born in San Antonio, Texas.
While at the White House, Mr. Gonzales was involved in the negotiations between the White House and the 9/11 commission. Mainly, he asked the commission, for conditions to be met so National Security Advisor, Condolezza Rice could testify. He was also in charge of negotiating President Bush and VP Cheney's talk with the same commission.
Another issue Gonzales was involved, which made news, was the issue of the war in Afghanistan and the prisoners in Guantanamo. According to a memo obtained by MSNBC, Mr. Gonzales advised President Bush to "declare the war in Afghanistan, including the detention of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, exempt from the provisions of the Geneva Convention."
It would be good for all Latinos in the US if Gonzales is appointed. That would be a step forward in improving the Latino image in the US. He, ultimately, whether he likes it or not, will be a role model for all Latinos.
At the same time, it would be detrimental for that same image, if Gonzales is seen as a second Ashcroft or even worst.
Here is more info on Mr. Gonzales.