We have discussed the struggle Eric Holder has as U.S. Attorney General, here, here, and here.
In some ways it is a more difficult struggle than the one President Obama faces.
I think Holder understands that, but I do not think that Obama understands it in the focused manner that Holder does.
Obama does not understand it because he is surrounded by political advisers who seek to placate under the guise of bi-partisanship on the issues Holder has to deal with.
Add to that the fact that Holder is surrounded by advisers who do not have a political perspective, but instead they have a much narrower focus which is "nobody is above the law".
Newsweek reports that there is serious consideration within the Attorney General's Office about appointing a special prosecutor to deal with the Bush II regime's torture of prisoners within their custody.
That Newsweek article is a good one to be sure, however, it frames the stage as a scene with a struggle between Holder and Obama.
I am certain that Obama will go along with Holder if Holder does in fact appoint a special prosecutor to deal with the subject matter.
A.G. Holder will do well to choose the independent prosecutor very, very carefully.
Not as the White House political advisers would, but as those who know that the rule of law is far more important in the long run than any one administration is.
The next post in this series is here.