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Archive: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

The Courage to Disappoint

Hang tough Barack. Stay focused on your purpose and do not squander your political capital on a side trip that will feed only the most banal instincts of some of your more rabid constituents.

By Marty Linsky | July 16, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Define "Maverick"

Palin has demonstrated that a politician can be doggedly conservative, unabashedly sexual, and electable (at least in one state.) None of that says that she has the qualities necessary to run for the presidency or serve well if elected.

By Marty Linsky | July 15, 2009; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Different Playbook

Without special discretion, investigations of national security issues can turn into public spectacles, placing our military and intelligence officials at risk and harming our image overseas.

By Robert Goodwin | July 14, 2009; 4:48 PM ET | Comments (12)

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Bringing bipartisan fact-finding and analysis to this difficult set of issues is just as much in the national interest as health care or climate change or economic recovery.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | July 14, 2009; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

We Can't Handle the Truth

For the most part the American public simply doesn't want to hear or believe anything that creates cognitive dissonance with our time-honored views of ourselves.

By Alan M. Webber | July 14, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (7)

Justifications for Looking Backwards

In this instance of the CIA misconduct, there's suspicion of a recurring pattern and allegations of illegality. Hence the justification for looking back on this matter rather than charging ahead.

By Ken Adelman | July 14, 2009; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Forgive More, Judge Less

The desire to 'punish' you predecessor can come back to haunt a leader. Who knows what decisions President Obama will have to make - that he may not want to discuss - to protect national security.

By Marshall Goldsmith | July 14, 2009; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (29)

Be Firm with Witch Hunters

The president should take a firm approach with his supporters on the left who cannot seem let go of the Bush administration. "Guys," he needs to tell them, "we have too many other important things to do."

By Paul R. Portney | July 14, 2009; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (28)

Fantasies of Revenge

The one certainty about using the criminal justice system to settle political and policy disputes is that it will not "clear the air."

By Slade Gorton | July 14, 2009; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (29)

Be Our Moral Compass

The president must take this opportunity to assure the people that nobody is above the law in this country - no individual, no agency, no one.

By Yash Gupta | July 14, 2009; 7:21 AM ET | Comments (12)

The Core of Our Beliefs

This is not a political question but a legal one that goes to the core of our belief in the rule of law and our greatness as a nation.

By Andy Stern | July 13, 2009; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

A Cancer that Can't Be Ignored

Much as Obama might want to focus on the future and not the past--might not want the media spotlight and his administration's energy put on these issues--he may need to deal with this issue now or risk having the malignancy spread.

By Deborah Ancona | July 13, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (4)

Leadership Pop Quiz

What is the best predictor of bad judgement?

By Warren Bennis | July 13, 2009; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Doomed to Repeat It

If violations of laws and fundamental rules go unsanctioned, a strong message is sent that such behavior will be tolerated in the future, so the future will be like the past.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | July 13, 2009; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (3)

"Moving On" Not an Option

"Moving on" without a clear repudiation of constitutional violations -- and perhaps appropriate punishment -- is simply not an option if the rule of law is to have any meaning.

By Mickey Edwards | July 13, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Unbottled Genie

If there were illegalities or gross improprieties carried out by the CIA, with explicit White House approval, the current administration has no choice but to allow an investigation to go forward. Otherwise, the current administration becomes party to a cover-up.

By Howard Gardner | July 13, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

Learning From Goldman Sachs's "Catalysts"

With Goldman Sachs now posting profits, it's clear that succeeding in the downturn means not hunkering down but getting out there with new ideas and taking advantage of the present uncertainty.

By Jeanne Liedtka | July 13, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (7)

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