In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived. Five years later, the question is: How have he and his administration lived up to these self-proclaimed commandments?
'This effort,' the president cautioned, 'will not be completed overnight,' but he emphasized that it is important for 'the American people to know that the work has begun.' To that end, he announced 'a series of concrete and substantial reforms' that he intended either to adopt himself under his authority as president or, where appropriate, to call upon Congress to enact through legislation. How good a beginning has he made? I am in a reasonably good position to weigh in on that question, because I had the privilege of serving as one of the five members of the Review Group that President Obama appointed in August to advise him on these issues.