It seemed like just yesterday when the Bush administration was choosing its words very, very carefully (emphasis added):
President Bush said yesterday that he will fire anyone in the administration found to have committed a crime in the leaking of a CIA operative's name, creating a higher threshold than he did one year ago for holding aides accountable in the unmasking of Valerie Plame.
And some things never change:
I know that I did not -- and would not -- ask for the resignation of any U.S. attorney for an improper reason.
Of course, when you have an imperial presidency, "improper" represents a pretty high bar, doesn't it?