This is Not a Good Start

Surely the Obama campaign anticipated a more auspicious start to its term:

“Every president for more than three decades has had to talk with federal prosecutors at one time or another. President-elect Barrack Obama may have set a land speed record by giving his first interview to investigators even before taking the oath of office.”

The release of the Craig Report (a familiar name, hmm?), which was an Obama administration self investigation wherein Mr. Craig interviewed the attorneys of President elect Obama’s team, had the effect of beginning, not ending, the slow trickle of follow up questions we are now hearing.

There is unquestionably an expectations game being waged here and Bob Bennett, no stranger to such investigations, offers this:

“Here the guy hasn’t even gotten his tuxedo for the ball yet and already there’s a prosecutor who wants to talk him,” said Robert Bennett, one of Washington’s most prominent lawyers who has represented members of Congress, cabinet secretaries and even former President Bill Clinton in all manner of politically charged cases. “It’s the era that we live in.”

The expectations game, as it is waged in the realm of domestic political consequences, is extraordinarily dangerous in this day of international threats and multi theatre security risks. It serves this nation no good to have an executive assume office under a cloud of suspicion and having to answer to a prosecutor with the history and reputation like that of Patrick Fitzgerald.

Our country faces real enemies and if the Obama administration is required to divert resources and effort defending itself from domestic political prosecutors at the expense of our national defense and security policy then we are in for a long and potentially costly four years. I’m certainly on record criticizing Obama and Biden. Their political philosophy is anathema to my values. But it is in no one’s best interest for the Obama administration to be perceived as weak by our enemies at this juncture.

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