Blogger resigns from Pentagon detainee post
I first got to know Phil Carter as a blogger, rather than an attorney, a Iraq war veteran or the director of the Obama campaign’s outreach to veterans. Until this week, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy. Or as the NY Times put it: Official charged with closing Guantanamo quits.
The Times hints that Carter’s departure had to do with the failure meet the Gitmo closure deadline:
Mr. Carter’s departure comes as the administration has acknowledged that it will not be able to close the prison by Jan. 22, the self-imposed deadline Mr. Obama announced immediately after taking office.
Glenn Greenwald argues that Carter may have resigned because Carter is a civil libertarian and Obama has gone back on most of promises regarding detainees. And why would I ever disagree with Glenn Greenwald?
Kevin Drum says he’s also disappointed with Obama on civil liberties, but he wouldn’t know whether that affected Carter’s decision. I haven’t spoken to Phil since he started working at the Pentagon, but he’s a talented guy and he’ll land on his feet.