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11:02 AM, Aug 4, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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It's almost breathtaking how little connected the Obami seem to what Americans really believe about their best interests and their country's. It's hard to think of a single subject on which they've gotten it right: Stimulus, no; health care, no; Iran, no; Israel, no; North Korea, no; even outreach to the "Muslim world" has been a failure. But some of the most egregious missteps have been taken by White House Counsel Greg Craig-he of the Clinton administration's horrific Elian Gonzales debacle-and now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, his head may roll.

As an example of the difficulties Mr. Craig faced, the officials cite the president's move in May to reverse a decision that would have led to the release of photos showing abuse of terror detainees during the Bush administration.

Weeks earlier, Mr. Craig brought Mr. Obama plans to release Justice Department memorandums detailing the Bush administration's policies on terrorism detainees. Some Obama national-security officials complained they hadn't been consulted, people familiar with the matter said, and the objections prompted weeks of debate inside the administration.

Mr. Craig and Attorney General Eric Holder won the fight to release the memorandums, with minimal redactions, but the White House had to move quickly to limit political damage. Former Vice President Dick Cheney sharpened criticism of Mr. Obama during a televised speech that followed Mr. Obama's own address intended to explain his national-security vision.

At around the same time, the administration was running into trouble with plans to move to northern Virginia at least some Chinese Muslim Uighurs who remain detained at Guantanamo despite being cleared for release. The furor over the possible release of former suspects in the U.S. led Congress to overwhelmingly pass new restrictions, including barring spending to close the Guantanamo prison.

As John McCormack makes very clear here, it couldn't happen to a more deserving candidate.