Scooter Libby. Cheney's chief of staff. He was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements for his role in leaking that Iraq war critic Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent.
Today: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell restored Libby's right to vote just before the 2012 election. He is vice-president of the Hudson Institute.
Donald Rumsfeld. Bush's first secretary of defense. Reporters loved Rumsfeld's folksy confidence during his Iraq war press conferences. "Stuff happens!' Rumsfeld said of looters in Baghdad. He made a major contribution to modern philosophy: "There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know." The routine was less charming when a soldier asked Rumsfeld why he had to dig through landfills to make DIY Humvee armor, and Rumsfeld said, "You go to war with the Army you have."
Today: Rumsfeld tweets, and has published a memoir titled Known and Unknown. He lives on a ranch in Taos. His most famous folksy philosophizing has its own Wikipedia page. He is not into this wrestling ban at the Olympics.
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Colin Powell. Bush's first secretary of state. Powell gave a very scary and very convincing speech to the United Nations making the case for war. He said he had "no doubt" Saddam Hussein was trying to get nuclear weapons.
Today: Powell says he was misled on Iraq, just like the rest of us. His primary Sunday show purpose now is to criticize the Republican Party. He endorsed Obama for president twice. He's a strategist adviser to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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John Yoo. Yoo authored the infamous Bush "torture memos" justifying the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," like waterboarding.
Today: Yoo is a law professor at Berkeley. Though Sen. Ted Cruz invoked Yoo's name during Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster over drones, Yoo has given his stamp of approval to Obama's drone policy. "I admire libertarians, but I think Rand Paul's filibuster in many ways is very much what libertarians do — they make these very symbolic gestures, standing for some extreme position," Yoo said.
Condoleezza Rice. Bush's former national security adviser and secretary of state. "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud," Rice said about Iraqi WMD. On Bush's false claim in his State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein had bought uranium in Africa, Rice said, "It is 16 words, and it has become an enormously overblown issue."
Today: Rice is rehabilitating her image. She published a memoir in the fall of 2011. The Drudge Report floated her as Mitt Romney's running mate in the summer of 2012. She gave a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention. Rice is on the faculty at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and just got a book deal to write about promoting democracy. She golfs!