Saturday, January 31, 2009

Open & Accountable Obama?

President Obama isn't nearly as transparent as he promises. Has anyone seen the list of sponsors or attendees at the DNC Energy reception? Did General James L. Jones attend? Besides being Obama's National Security Director, the General was a recent Chevron Board member and architect of a 21st Century Energy report for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Another opaque area was reported in Haaretz. The article stated:

Former U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry held a series of previously undisclosed meetings with a senior aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The report added that the meetings were "discussions, not negotiations" about Iran's nuclear program that aimed to clarify the two sides' positions.

It was not clear from the report whether Mr. Perry was acting at the behest of the Bush administration or others.

Time to clarify, Mr. Obama. We wouldn't want Mr. Perry charged with violating the Logan Act. It might impact his ability to serve on corporate boards or advise private equity underwriters. The blue team does an impressive imitation of the red. Didn't Ronald Reagan approach Iran before he was elected President?