November 22, 2008

IF IT AIN'T BROKE...:

Barack Obama accused of selling out on Iraq by picking hawks to run his foreign policy: Barack Obama has been accused of selling out his promises of change in US foreign policy by putting national security policy in the hands of establishment figures who supported the Iraq war. (Tim Shipman, 23 Nov 2008, Daily Telegraph)

[H]is preference for General James Jones, a former Nato commander who backed John McCain, as his National Security Adviser and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, a supporter of the war, to run the Homeland Security department has dismayed many of his earliest supporters.

The likelihood that Mr Obama will retain George W Bush's Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, has reinforced the notion that he will not aggressively pursue the radical withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq over the next 16 months and engagement with rogue states that he has pledged.


All that change nonsense is obligatory during a presidential campaign, but the reason he wasn't specific about changes is because there are so few that need to be made.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2008 8:01 PM
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