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Grading the Obama National Security Choices: D

Posted by libhom Monday, December 01, 2008

Obama's national security team is rather disturbing, to put it mildly. The two marquee nominations, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense are absolutely execrable. Neither has sound judgement on foreign policy in general and especially on matters of war and peace. Both are dishonorable, rightist war mongers who should never hold any office in government. Their support of the Bush agenda of endless war is downright sickening.

The choice of Eric Holder as Attorney General was unwise as well. He is a Clinton administration retread, which raises questions about his ability to serve in any administration interested in meaningful change. His involvement in Bill Clinton's corrupt pardons (a typical Republican behavior of a supposedly "Democratic" president) also should make one pause.

The choice of a former general as National Security Adviser is an error as well. This undermines civilian control of the military.

Susan Rice as UN ambassador is less disturbing than the previously mentioned nominees. Her status as a Clinton administration retread is not good, to put it mildly. But, at least she supported Obama rather than Clinton during the campaign. That might be a hopeful sign.

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano also is a Clinton administration retread. However, she was a lawyer for Anita Hill which suggests she has some integrity. She also has experience running a state government, which should help at Homeland Security.

Obama's appointees have all the markings of being a somewhat more competent set of administrators for the Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush agenda. They have shown little interest in moving the country in a more rational and productive direction, especially on foreign policy.

Obama has made a huge mistake. Liberals and progressive better get ready to fight this administration with all of our efforts. Obama has given the middle finger to all the people who voted for him in the Democratic primaries.



  1. Unknown Says:
  2. On Holder- Holder, Chiquita and Colombia.

  3. Christopher Says:
  4. I am none too pleased with Gates and the Borg Queen.

    We will need to keep an eye on Mr. Obama.

    When people like Kissinger and Rove praise his selections, we need to sit up and pay attention.

  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. Guess I'm on the fence with this. I'm not as opposed to some of Obama's choices are you are, but I also don't think it's a break with the Bush/Clinton past. I understand the need for an administration that knows how the hell everything works, but some of these folks have been around a while--and what have they done for change? Ok, maybe they didn't have the power and now they will. And maybe it'll be more of the same, just slightly different. I'm cautiously optimistic.

  7. GDAEman Says:
  8. Thanks to DemocracyNow for giving this some coverage.

    AND thanks to you too. Remember what FDR said: "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. Well considering how Democrats like Hillary have treated Obama in the past, I wonder if this is one of those "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," kinda things. While I remain cynical as you do, I'm going to wait and see before I label it as a bad move altogether.



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