America is imploding because of rampant corruption, cronyism and a political process that hinges on the lowest common demoninator of the electoral process, massive fund rasing from special interest groups and the dumb brainwashed religious fundamentalist southern voters. Lead prosecuters of Republican culture of corruption are being replaced quietly because of an obscure footnote in the (UN-) patriot act. http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/01/17/feds.quit.ap/index.html During his tenure, Ryan oversaw high-profile prosecutions on stock options fraud and steroids in sports, which led to the convictions of five people linked to the Burlingame-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. At least 106 companies are being probed by the Department of Justice or the Securities and Exchange Commission on questions about the timing of options grants. Options give recipients the right to buy stock at a fixed price, generally the stocks' market price the day of the grant. The inquiries are studying whether grants were "backdated" to coincide with low stock prices, maximizing the holder's potential for profit. Criticism of Ryan has mostly centered on his administration of the office. Last year, a Justice Department audit reportedly questioned Ryan's management and rated staff morale as low. Lam, also appointed in 2002, did not comment on the circumstances of her departure, slated for February 15, or discuss future plans in a statement. In her tenure leading the Southern District, which covers San Diego and Imperial counties, she prioritized prosecuting political corruption and health care fraud. Lam also oversaw the government's case against Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former Republican congressman who pleaded guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes, and her office won corruption convictions of two San Diego city councilmen. To me this is a good thing. A unipolar world dominated by a greedy corrupt and powerful nation in the hands of a few evil and corrupt individuals has proven to make the world into a much more dangerous place. A multipolar world is best for the rest of humanity. Checks and balances is always good. Since america can not control it's evil corrupt leaders, if it is weakened by their corruption, these leaders will then think twice before creating global havoc.