Gregory Craig resigned for all the wrong reasons. President Obama should instead ask Janet Napolitano, John Brennan, Eric Holder, and Dennis Blair to resign.
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[The HIG] was created for exactly this purpose — to make a decision on whether a certain person who’s detained should be treated as a case for federal prosecution or for some of the other means. We did not invoke the HIG in this case…we should have.
Why is this alarming? Because not only is the HIG, as Blair himself later clarified, not yet operational, but it had not been operational since President Obama mandated its creation in August of 2009 — information that one would hope the Director of National Intelligence can keep straight in assessing what went wrong.
So…Craig is out because he could not spin a bad policy; Napolitano, Brennan, Holder and Blair stay put even though they have demonstrated an inability to fulfill the most basic component of their job descriptions: protecting us. Put another way, the ability to sell a policy that threatens our national security is of greater value to this White House than the ability to actually prevent terrorists from getting on our planes and to extract intelligence from those we manage to catch. Fail to do the former, pack your bags. Fail to do the latter, stick around and chalk the whole thing up to “systemic failure” in which everyone is responsible, and therefore no one is responsible.
The Christmas Day bomber incident underscores that after a full year in office, the time has come for President Obama to fundamentally reorient his outlook on national security, to value performance over spin and appoint others who do the same. National security needs to be entrusted to individuals who understand that we are at war — that the terror-prevention system is not working if the passengers have to stop the bomber themselves; that bureaucratic inertia and ineffective communication between intelligence agencies are unacceptable vulnerabilities; that allowing a terrorist operative the right to remain silent as if he was caught robbing a convenient store will cut off the flow of critical intelligence; that those in charge of coordinating intelligence operations across the federal government must understand fully which assets are available for leveraging.
In the days following 25 December 2009, President Obama himself announced “we are at war with al Qaeda.” If he truly believes that, then for the sake of national security he needs to exercise the authority, as presidents before him have done after their first year in office, to remove for the right reasons those serving under him who cannot do their jobs — in this case Napolitano, Brennan, Holder, Blair, and those on their staffs directly responsible for the errors made in this instance. Stop prioritizing spin over security.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online