Obama's national security policy missteps may doom Greg Craig

As Ed Lasky has written numerous times, President Obama has sought to bring the foreign policy and national security decision making apparatus directly into the White House by empowering National Security Council head  James Jones to bypass the State Department, and leaning heavily on Rahm Emanuel and White House counsel Greg Craig for advice.

How's that working for ya, Barry?

Obama was skewered for policy on closing Gitmo as well as what to do with the detainees. What was once thought to be a political plus for the president has turned into a disaster.

Someone's got to take the blame. In this case, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal by Evan Perez, it appears that Craig is going down:

Mr. Craig, the top lawyer at the White House and a close aide to President Barack Obama, has helped lead the administration's efforts on several national-security issues that once enjoyed popularity but have since become become political liabilities for Mr. Obama.

These include the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the release of Bush administration-era national-security documents, and efforts to find legal ways to indefinitely hold some detainees who can't be put on trial.

The decision to close the Guantanamo facility became a political problem for Mr. Obama when concerns arose that some of the detainees would be released into the U.S. and the public soured on the move.

Mr. Craig didn't respond to questions about his job as White House counsel for this article.

The people familiar with the matter said a final decision hasn't been made.

The reason for the "negotiations" rather than just handing the hot shot lawyer a pink slip and bidding him adios? When a private practice lawyer like Craig gives up a million dollar practice to come and serve the president, there are "issues" that have to be ironed out - notably, how much severance pay are we going to have to pony up for this clown.

So even though he's been a rock solid failure, he's going to make out like a bandit in the end.