Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Official: Gates to stay at Pentagon

November 26, 2008


— Seeking experience in wartime, President-elect Barack Obama intends to re-enlist Defense Secretary Robert Gates as head of the Pentagon — if only temporarily — and has chosen a retired Marine general to be White House national security adviser, officials said Tuesday.

Gates and retired Gen. James Jones would bring decades of experience to the administration of a 47-year-old commander in chief who campaigned on a pledge to redeploy combat troops in Iraq within 16 months while simultaneously ramping up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

While Gates has accepted Obama’s appointment, it was not clear that Jones had done the same.

Obama also has also offered the post of secretary of state to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, his rival in the campaign for the White House. Officials have not yet disclosed whether she has decided to give up her seat in Congress to join the Cabinet.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

So far, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

Actually, I had no illusion that he would disband the defense department, although if Gates remains in place, the name should really be changed back to the War Department.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 7 months ago

I think Obama made a good decision. I didn't expect this one, but I agree. Gates will have the most knowledge of what it takes to get us out of this mess. The appt is only for one year.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 7 months ago

You mean that the O'dude isn't the new John Frum? Shocka!

dandelion 9 years, 7 months ago

It's a practical choice. Besides, if he had been running the show instead of the totally inept Rumsfeld, the Taliban and Al Queda might be crushed by now, and our soldiers home for the holidays. He's had a couple of years to try and turn around the Rummy screw ups, but you can't expect miracles, especially since he isn't getting a lot of help from his "leader". I'll bet he has more in common with Obama than he does with Bush. He'll at least have a leader who knows that the rest of the world doesn't necessarily think and act like us.

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