Sunday, May 03, 2009

AIPAC Case/Obama 100 days/Bunning Update

Elli Ganchrow writes:

It was certainly good news that the Justice Department decided to drop its case against two AIPAC employees, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman. They had initially been charged in 2005 under the 1917 Espionage Act. As I believe this blog has pointed out on previous occasions, this is a case which should never have been brought and should have been thrown out a long time ago. The Justice Department should conduct an internal investigation as to why this case was ever pursued in the first place.


As was noted by the media last week, the Obama presidency has now passed the 100 day mark. While Obama's approval numbers remain high, this is likely a result of the normal honeymoon granted to new Presidents. He is also been helped by a fawning media and a public that may not be paying attention to what Obama is doing on a day to day basis. While his start has been as bad as many of us predicted (see the NY Post for its list of his 100 mistakes in 100 days), including with respect to Israel (see here for Norman Podhoretz's take, there is no question that his decision to release the Justice Department memos regarding torture represent a real danger to this country. It is a sign that his administration is returning to a pre-9/11 world which did not regard the terrorism threat as a real one. His administration is also threatening to prosecute Bush officials for policy differences. Americans who are not concerned about this development probably do not understand what the memos were (the memos were simply legal opinions on the extent that the CIA could go in their interrogations) nor the important intelligence that was gleened from the interrogations. Lets hope Obama orders the release of the memos which explain what actionable intelligence was discovered from these interrogation sessions.


I may have jumped the gun with respect to the Bunning retirement. While it looks likely that he will retire and some blogs have reported that such a retirement is going to happen, the Bunning campaign has said he will run so I guess we will have to wait and see if the Republicans can force him out of the race.