[W]hat is abundantly clear is that many of the Bush/Cheney policies which Carter found most offensive are ones which the new administration has explicitly adopted as its own. Equally clear is that, following Greg Craig, this is now the second high-profile resignation of a relatively devoted civil libertarian in a short period of time. Combine that with the still-missing-and-unconfirmed Dawn Johnsen, and all of this leaves those who are indifferent or hostile to civil liberties values -- people like John Brennan and Rahm Emanuel -- with even fewer counter-weights than before.
James Joyner interjects:
Ironically, given that Phil was a relatively senior appointee in the administration, my position on these issues is closer to the president’s than his. But this is perhaps the most substantive issue area in which President Obama most sharply differs from Candidate Obama. From my perspective, this is a classic case of a naive candidate being hit with reality when confronted with the reality of being responsible for America’s national security and I applaud the president for alienating his base rather than doing the wrong thing. But for a true believer, I could see how the dashing of Hope and lack of Change could be too much to bear.