The Weekly Standard Blog - Meet Greg Craig, Obama’s White House Counsel

Greg Craig who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment defence, has been appointed White House counsel. Some reports say that he worked with the Cuban government while representing a citizen of that country. (Photo Wikipedia)

Mike Allen reported over the weekend that “Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by President-elect Barack Obama”.

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In 2000, while serving as the lawyer for Elian Gonzalez’s father, Craig did the bidding of the Castro regime by killing an agreement “to transfer custody of Elian to his father, as long as [Elian’s family from Miami] could live with the boy and his father in an environment free of U.S. and Cuban officials.”

Elian Gonzalez’s mother drowned while trying to escape from Cuba. Elian survived. The Cuban community in Miami was very disturbed at the prospect of Elian being returned to the repressive regime of his birth, and fought hard for him to remain in Miami. Greg Craig was instrumental in Elian’s return to the custody of his father, who lives in Cuba. Craig is reported to have traveled to Cuba to speak with the government there while he was representing Elian’s father.

It is Possible

Maybe in the coming year we will see all embargoes lifted against Cuba. Maybe Fidel Castro’s brother Raul will make an official visit to the US. Very few Americans have experienced the oppression of Fidel Castro’s Communist regime. Many Americans feel that Cuba has a legitimate government and that now is the time to forge stronger ties with Cuba. This is a big opportunity for the Communist government of Cuba, but will they seize it? The big difference is that America will soon have a President who is willing to sit down and talk with leaders formerly branded as “evil” and avoided by previous Presidents.

If Castro normalizes relationships with the US, Communism there is doomed. The failed Communist economy will be exposed by comparison to the US. Even if the new administration makes overtures, it is likely that Cuba will not take them on. Having an “enemy” is a rallying point for the communist Cubans. Relations with US would be the end for the Castros. The Communist regime loves having a bogeyman! Without this, the communist Cubans would start to question the circumstances of their grinding poverty. Once they do that it’s over for Castro.


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