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Say No to Robert Gates as Obama's Defense Secretary

Posted by libhom Thursday, November 20, 2008

The news reports that Obama is leaning towards staying with a bloodthirsty war monger like Robert Gates for the Department of Defense are absolutely sickening. I was already beginning to wonder if Obama is serious about any real change in this country after he made Rahm Emanuel his Chief of Staff and is pushing a lot of other Clinton Administration retreads.

If Obama really does pick war hawks like Gates and Hillary Clinton in addition to the fanatically pro war Emanuel, I'm not too optimistic about even the partial withdrawal Obama promised during his campaign. I'm not the only one who is worried and frustrated. From the Los Angeles Times 11/20/08:

"Obama ran his campaign around the idea the war was not legitimate, but it sends a very different message when you bring in people who supported the war from the beginning," said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of the 54-chapter Iraq Veterans Against the War.

It's pretty bad, according to what is said in the article.
The activists -- key members of the coalition that propelled Obama to the White House -- fear he is drifting from the antiwar moorings of his once-longshot presidential candidacy. Obama has eased the rigid timetable he had set for withdrawing troops from Iraq, and he appears to be leaning toward the center in his candidates to fill key national security posts.

The president-elect has told some Democrats that he expects to take heat from parts of his political base but will not be deterred by it.

Does he really think he will get much support from Democrats in 2012 if 100% of our troops aren't home from Iraq? A president only gets one election to run on hope. The reelection campaign focuses on record and results.

Peace Action West has an Action Alert to try to stop the renomination of Robert Gates. This is terribly important.

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If there are any US troops in Iraq in 2012, Obama's first term will have been a miserable failure, no matter what else he might do.



  1. Lew Scannon Says:
  2. It's like 2006 all over again.

  3. Fran Says:
  4. Gates was unable to state in his confirmation hearings if he supported or opposed the use of torture.

    Throw the bum out!

    I don't want any freaking remnants of the Bush admin haunting us in the Obama era. this is too important a position.

  5. Just asking, but do you think it might have something to do with his security briefings he is now getting? I do not support Gates and I'm 50/50 on Hillary. The good news is if he fires Hillary she will no longer be the Senate to create problems for him.



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