Whose knife was that in Greg Craig’s back?

Steve Clemons says it was Barack Obama’s. Not good.

Steve Clemons says that, in the final analysis, it was Barack Obama’s. “Disappointing” would be too weak a word.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

8 thoughts on “Whose knife was that in Greg Craig’s back?”

  1. It seems hysterical to me. "The Assassination of Greg Craig"? Good grief. Craig wasn't "assassinated." He was fired.

  2. Yes, but it wasn't a clean kill. He was pecked to death first, by the people he worked with. That's not nice.

  3. There IS only one knife in a Presidential administration. Anybody else waving a knife about has been given it by that one guy.

    That's the real meaning of the unitary executive principle: EVERYTHING an administration does is, ultimately, the President's fault.

  4. I hate to agree with Brett, but when a senior advisor to the president is f*cked like that, either the president avenges him (i.e., fires the people who did it), or condones it.

  5. Good riddence. Craig was a typical corporate whore flitting from government work to corporate work and back again. Of course because Obama is one himself, another corporate lawyer will no doubt replace him.

    Such people never, ever, cross their corporate paymasters, who encourage stints in the government, and reward their repeated betrayals of the public interest with salary bumps as soon as they return home.

    Let's recite some of Craig's immediate former employer's (Williams & Connolly) clients:




    Fannie Mae


    Waste Management

    "Represented CSX Transportation, Inc. in the settlement and class action fairness hearing in a Louisiana class action involving a tank car leak of hazardous materials and resulting fire near New Orleans; the alleged class members numbered approximately 10,000."

    "Represented American Cyanamid in a putative class action brought by plaintiff farmers alleging breach of warranty and product defect claims against defendant insecticide manufacturer."

    "Successfully defended General Electric in multidistrict litigation alleging exposure to PCBs at Paoli railroad yard."

    Charming organization!

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