Gregory Craig will Strengthen Strong Roster on President’s Intel Advisory Board


gregory craig twn db.jpgGregory Craig — deal maker on Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, key architect of Obama’s “engage everyone — even the bad guys” position in the campaign, and the conscience of the the national security staff in Obama’s White House who said that the public really needed to know that American officials waterboarded prisoners 183 times — had his last formal day as Counsel to the President on January 3rd.
Reports are that Greg Craig is now unplugging a bit, relaxing and having a good time “on an Alp” somewhere in the Swiss Alps.
We have just learned that Craig will be added to an already strong roster on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) whose members were recently announced by President Obama.
The roster currently includes attorney and former SEC Commissioner Roel Campos; former House International Relations Committee Chairman and Wilson Center Director Lee Hamilton; national security expert, attorney, and philanthropist Rita Hauser; Former Under Secretary of Defense and technology expert Paul Kaminski; Stimson Center President Ellen Laipson, former USAF general and NASA Advisory Board member Les Lyles, and Kissinger Associates President Jami Miscik.
This is a strong group — which will be enhanced by Greg Craig’s defense and foreign policy credentials and his deep knowledge of the agendas, conflicts, strengths and weakness of key players in Barack Obama’s national security bureaucracy.
Brent Scowcroft was a former Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board during George W. Bush’s tenure but was “not asked to another term” in January 2005 after Scowcroft’s critique of America’s course during the Iraq War. Scowcroft felt “fired” at the time — and this helped lay the groundwork for a more substantial criticism of the Bush administration by the “realist” wing of the US foreign policy community.
Today, the co-chairs of Obama’s PIAB are “national security realists” — former US Senator and Atlantic Council Chairman Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and former US Senator, Governor and University of Oklahoma President David Boren (D-OK).
— Steve Clemons


5 comments on “Gregory Craig will Strengthen Strong Roster on President’s Intel Advisory Board

  1. Paul Norheim says:

    If I am a “policy or political expert”, then you are too, Lurker. I’m just a curious
    foreigner, a dilettante from Norway, trying to understand what’s going on outside the
    borders of my peaceful, but somewhat boring country.
    But if you are too busy, or don’t want to waste your time on the back and forth here,
    that’s highly understandable.
    all the best


  2. Lurker says:

    Dear Paul Norheim,
    Thanks very much for the shout out. I agree with you all the time too for the most part. I don’t want to be the opposite of ad hominem attacks, which I know Steve does not appreciate on his blog.
    I don’t have as much time as many of those here to post comments and to handle the back and forth. I sometimes want to weigh in on something or to give Steve much-deserved kudos for the outstanding work he does. I follow him on Facebook and Twitter as well, and he lives what seems to me to be an impossible to manage life. I do like letting him know that he has connected with me and some of my friends and family when I can.
    I also know that I am not a policy or political expert like you. I learn a lot from your comments and from STeve’s posts, but I don’t feel as qualified as others here to be a big time debater.
    Thanks though. I’ll continue to lurk and weigh in when I think I have something not so stupid to say.


  3. Paul Norheim says:

    Hey Lurker,
    I think you are the ONLY commenter here that I always agree with. Yes, Steve does a
    lot of impressive things on so many levels. And yes, he’s wise, open minded, amazing,
    balanced, connected, committed, curious, and more fabulous than The Beatles, Elvis,
    and The Rolling Stones together.
    Did I mention that Steve is amazing?
    WE ALL ADMIRE STEVE CLEMONS! (well, except for a handful of commenters, but never
    But why do your posts usually sound like inverted versions of ad hominem attacks? Why
    don’t you join the discussions here instead, providing arguments, facts and
    perspectives to the topics at hand?
    C’mon, Lurker. Join us in our noisy debates. We know you’re up to it!


  4. Lurker says:

    Thank you for doing what you have done to make the American public aware of the outstanding service of White House Counsel Greg Craig.
    I would not have known about him and the valuable role he played in being, as you referred to him, the “conscience” of Obama’s national security operation until you wrote your Daily Beast article.
    You continue to impress your fans with your outreach, your analysis, and your commitment to the kind of fair play that Gregory Craig represents.
    Thanks very much for all you do.


  5. Mr.Murder says:

    “former House International Relations Committee Chairman and Wilson Center Director Lee Hamilton;”
    You forgot to mention that he was a stand in for Kissinger on the 9-11 commission. Never have so few been so wrong about so much as the people they continually recycle.
    A green economy does not include intellectual feces.


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