After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.
During this summer of fouled marshlands, the issue of Iran has receded quietly into the shadows. Obama might soon find himself longing for the days when his biggest problem was plugging a "damn hole" on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
The resignation of Admiral Dennis Blair as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was a surprise to no one in the intelligence business. In fact, many wonder how and why Blair lasted as long as he did.
No matter how much he might disdain the W. presidency, especially when it came to misuse of executive branch power, Barack Obama may be a "self-entangling giant" who is going down the same perilous path.