Kinda Sorta Real Time Thoughts On Meet the Press (May 08, 2011)

Kinda, sorta real time thoughts. Yes. My calendar, month and day, is full-up with things I should do a good job on, and sometimes things fall through the cracks and fall on the grounds of  some deep hole, strewn about with detritus.

Today’s Meet the Press is the most anticlimatic Meet the Press of all time.  We know what its about-Osama bin Laden’s death. And the repercussions of that.  National Security Advisor Tom Donilon is here to speak on behalf of President Obama’s National Security team.  Michael Chertoff, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Hayden are here to present the previous administration’s story, though I don’t quite see the point here. Does anyone think they’ll fess up to some fault or another.

The roundtable is Katty Kay, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mike Murphy and Bob Woodward.

(I’ll paraphrase what each party is saying; most people already know most of this material.)

Tom Donilon is holding the line that the information the Navy Seal team gathered is just being looked into now, there;s more that the administration can glean–and certainly the recently released video-footage of bin Laden speaks to his involvement with al Qaeda–but what precisely that means, we’re only now beginning to learn.  He is asserting the certainty that al Qaeda will go on-its form and design going forward will change, but al Qaeda remains a threat. Even weakened as it was before bin Laden was killed, and certainly more so now, it still remains a threat.

What about Pakistan? Does the Bush doctrine still hold against Pakistan? David Gregory wants to know.

(Obviously there will be time for good cop, bad cop and maybe Donilon is being the good cop, but he seems awfully disinclined to say something altogether too sharp about Pakistan.)

Donilon is saying that Pakistan needs to allow the U.S. the opportunity to talk to bin Laden’s three widows, who are now under Pakistani custody.

Did torturing prisoners spring out the information that eventually led to bin Laden’s death?  No single piece of information led to bin Laden, but Donilon still seems disinclined to talk about the provenance of the information that led us here.

Up next: Michael Hayden, Michael Chertoff and Rudy Giuliani.

All three are about to spend the next chunk of time defending torture.  Rather asserting a defense of torture without being able to put torture into the context to investigation, and human rights abuses.

The roundtable with the usual luminaries is up. For now I’ll highlight the important bits, not the fodder.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is predicting that after this weeks events, President Obama will finally take control of his presidency in much the same way that President Kennedy did.

Doubters will be doubters.  There’s always photoshop.

So great Obama feels confident, and sure the American voter loves him for his guts.  But will that work for him in 18 months when he needs it to count?

The Arab Spring is a crapshoot.  It can all go bad for him really quickly.

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. 2012 election. Jobs.

~ by Faheem Haider on May 11, 2011.

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