November 19, 2008, - 10:11 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Well, it’s not the entire Elian Gonzalez Kidnapping Team, since Janet Reno is still off somewhere driving her red truck, watching WNBA games, and enjoying her subscription to the Brush Cut of the Month club.
But with the choices of Greg Craig as White House counsel and Eric Holder as Attorney General, Barack Obama has re-united 2/3 of the Elian Gonzalez Kidnapping Team (puppetmastered from 90 miles away by Castro). Not a good sign for Cuban refugees trying to flee Communism with their kids.
Craig was the Castro-directed lawyer for Elian Gonzalez’s father Juan Miguel Gonzalez, and his fees were paid by the pan-Castroist National Council of Churches. As Assistant Attorney General Holder was the second-in-command to then-Attorney General Reno, and he was in charge of making the final decision to commit the thuggery of sending in the INS to kidnap Gonzalez from his Miami cousins at gunpoint. He orchestrated and oversaw the exercise in jackbootery.
Castro must be proud that both his gringo boyzz are back in power with the new El-Presidente-Elect.
Here’s what I’ve written about Greg Craig in the past:
* From my 2007 post on Greg Craig:
Craig, who once worked on the staff of Ted Kennedy, served as the lawyer who orchestrated the whole return of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba for a life under Castro’s Communist tyranny. He was chosen by assorted lefties and the Cuban government to “represent” the interests of Elian Gonzalez’s father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, who was then under the thumb of Cuban minders in America. He kept father Gonzalez from defecting, too. And Craig’s legal fees, at the time, were paid by the National Council of Churches. And don’t forget, Craig also helped orchestrate the INS raid, kidnapping Elian from the home of his Miami relatives. That started the whole ball rolling.
* From my April 2000 column on Greg Craig:
Craig was Bill Clinton’s personal attorney in the Lewinsky/Impeachment matter. The same Bill Clinton who wants to open up trade to Cuba. And this little fly, called Elian, is in the ointment. Craig was also a director of policy planning to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, one of the top positions setting foreign policy at the State Department. The foreign policy at the same State Department that’s crawling with Castrophile bureaucrats who’d love to open trade with Cuba while its people suffer in tyranny. Craig also serves on the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The same Carnegie Endowment that wants to end the embargo with Cuba, so that its wealthy, elitist members, like Craig, might freely smoke a Cuban cigar. . . .
Isn’t Craig’s bill being picked up by the government of Castro . . . oops, I mean the National Council of Churches(NCC)? Yup, that’s the problem. Nobody’s coming clean about who’s paying Craig’s bill. Probably because, as it’s been rumored, Castro’s been giving the money to the NCC and using the organization as his willing shill. Either way, these two despicable entities–Castro and the NCC–have an agenda. An agenda that’s anti-freedom, pro-tyranny, and 180 degrees from what’s in the best interest of Juan Miguel. And it’s clear that Craig is taking his direction from them, not his client. . . .
While working for Ted Kennedy, he pushed the world to divest from and impose sanctions on South Africa. But Cuba, what a great country to trade with! In coordinating Clinton’s non-policy on Tibet, Craig “smoothed over” Tibetan protests over oppression by the Chinese, so his Boss-in-Chief could hold two garish summits with the Chinese oppressors. This is the Craig-Clinton version of justice.
Craig makes much of his representation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. But lifting an old guy from tyranny does not allow you to dump a young kid back into it. Solzhenitsyn would never support sending Elian back. And Castro would never support guys like Craig on Cuban soil. Castro threw lawyers who represented pro-democracy Cubans (whose only crime was speech) into the same torturous Cuban prisons with their clients. And Craig represented John Hinckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin. Can you imagine what Castro would do to a man who represented his attempted murderer?
Shakespeare said: First, we kill all the lawyers.
To my friends at the U.S. Secret Service, that’s just Shakespeare jokingly saying it. It’s not me recommending it.