When the President does it . . .

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Greg Craig and his boss

 


This way to the Egress:

 

In the first major shakeup among President Barack Obama’s senior staff, White House Counsel Greg Craig is being pushed out in favor of veteran Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer because of a dispute over plans to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba, CNN has learned.

The move will be announced by the White House in the coming days, a senior administration official and a senior Democratic source confirmed. The sources said it could be announced as early as Friday while the president will be in Japan starting a four-nation tour of Asia, which would make it likely the staff change will be overshadowed by other events.

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Democratic officials said Craig was ousted because of frustration among senior White House aides over his handling of the plans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. As the White House’s top lawyer, Craig was pivotal in advising Obama to sign an executive order during his first week in office promising to shut the prison by the end of January 2010.

In a politically embarrassing move that has frustrated some of the president’s liberal supporters, White House aides have since backed off that deadline, citing complex legal issues surrounding what to do with the approximately 200 terror suspects still detained at Guantanamo.

Some administration officials privately believe Craig should have better anticipated the pitfalls. However, his supporters believe he is being used as a scapegoat and note he was not the only top official who supported the ironclad executive order.

Closing Gitmo isn’t the problem. The problem is what to do with all the people that have been detained by our government for up to eight years without trials. Habeas corpus and due process aren’t “just words.”

The answer is simple – bring them here, give them trials and let the chips fall where they may.  But that won’t happen, it might upset Obama’s fellow Republicans.

It sounds like Craig believes in the rule of law. Too bad for him, cuz his boss doesn’t. The Friday White House News Dump doesn’t usually include bodies, so maybe they’re gonna wait until Saturday night to massacre him.

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The more things change, the more they remain the same:

The Obama administration is increasingly exasperated by leaks of national-security-related information and is planning a major effort to root out and punish those responsible, top officials said Thursday.

Every administration since George Washington has complained about leaks. But there’s an old saying – “The ship of state leaks from the top.”

Maybe the White House should call a plumber to find and fix the leaks. This guy has some experience at doing that:

 


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23 Responses

  1. If you think that picture of G. Gordon Liddy is gross, consider this:

    It’s probably a thong.

  2. I’m gonna upset Lambert again and quote Michelle “Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage” Malkin:

    I’ll remind you again of Bauer’s handiwork during the 2008 campaign:

    *It was Bauer who lobbied the Justice Department unsuccessfully last fall to pursue a criminal probe of American Issues Project (AIP), an independent group that sought to run an ad spotlighting Obama’s ties to Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

    *It was Bauer who attempted to sic the DOJ on GOP donor Harold Simmons and sought his prosecution for funding the ad.

    *It was Bauer who tried to bully television stations across the country to compel them to pull the spot. All on Barack Obama’s behalf.

    Bauer’s specialty is stifling dissent. He’s married to the woman Obama entrusted to lead the campaign to de-legitimize critics in the media.

    Sounds like they’re heading for the bunkers.

    (Bauer is married to Anita Dunn, who led the WATBWH attacks on FOX News.)

  3. look like bambsi plan of closeing GITMO is not as as easy as he thought instead of” yes we can” . looks like the new theme is .”Not in my back yard “

  4. “his supporters believe he is being used as a scapegoat …”
    Well yeah. Isn’t that the m.o. of barfy? Someone else is ALWAYS at fault .

  5. Greg Craig (I can’t imagine anyone naming their child that!) is but another example of karma taking direct aim at all the creeps that torpedoed Hillary. For those who do not hold grudges as long as I, here is the link to the memo Greg Craig sent Time magazine on Hillary’s ‘lies’ about her foreign service experience. http://thepage.time.com/obama-foreign-policy-memo/

    Time has certianly proved Mr. Craig right about Hillary experience and O’s all-round amazingness. :evil:

  6. He explains why Germany is suffering from massive unemployment as the U.S. is

    Hey BB – shouldn’t that read: “isn’t suffering?”

  7. It sounds like Craig believes in the rule of law. Too bad for him, cuz his boss doesn’t.

    talk of the rule of law is good PR . They make it seem like they want the PR and then, oops! the minnows like Mr. Craig are caught out and flushed out. He serviced his purpose

    So I’m laughing as this bum gets the very treatment
    he gave Hill,,,,but he won’t recover so well. She’s at foggy bottom and he’s at just bottom.

  8. Please take down that last picture. Egads and gadzooks!! I’m having a bad enough day without that.

    -TW-

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