Obama’s National Security/Foreign Policy Team Shaping Up

Obama’s National Security/Foreign Policy Team Shaping Up


According to current reports, this could be Barack Obama’s national security/foreign affairs team:

Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton

Secretary of Defense: Robert Gates

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: Janet Napolitano

National Security Advisor: Gen. Jim Jones, a retired 4-star Marine Corps general who actually supported John McCain but is considered pragmatic and very well-qualified.

Director of National Intelligence: Retired Adm. Dennis Blair who’s worked with the CIA and is well versed in clandestine military operations.

And let us not forget Joe Biden will also be hanging around.

Needless to say, this line-up is not pleasing various members of the left. But it should please anyone who wants to get away from ideological foreign policy and focus on reality-based, sensible pursuits of our interests and security. While I’m unconvinced that Clinton is the best choice for State, Obama’s potential team leaves me with few complaints at this juncture.

If there is a significant concern, it’s whether everyone will be able to work together without letting egos get in the way. But a certain level of discord is acceptable. Even welcome. I’d much rather be led by men and women who are willing to argue for their ideas than men and women who are comfortable existing in the kind of groupthink atmosphere the Bush administration seemed to promote.

  • Avinash_Tyagi

    The reason others in the left-wing are upset is they dont realize that you have to complete the realignment first, you can’t put the wagon before the horse, the GOP still has a strong bloc in the senate, getting to 60 while not impossible is unlikely, and with many blue dogs in the senate, pushing a truly progressive agenda will be difficult; right now, in order to truly fix the problems this country is facing he needs to have help from the GOP, so a centrist stance is the only way he’ll get things done. If he plays his cards right, in a few years he’ll have a full house (and senate), full of progressive dems.

  • http://genelalor.com/ Berlet98



    No matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, there is a silver lining here that is worth thinking about. We all won! We will see how it all turns out.

    Here ya go !

    Look at my fellow conservatives! There they go, glumly shuffling along, depressed by the election aftermath. Not me. I’m virtually euphoric.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not thrilled with America ’s flirtation with neo-socialism. But there’s a massive silver lining in those magical clouds that lofted Barak Obama to the Presidency. For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America: The Era of White Guilt is over.

    This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn’t give a fluff about skin color, and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man. Not just any black man. A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively working with America-hating domestic terrorists.

    Wow! Some resume! Yet they made Barack Obama their leader. Therefore, as of Nov 4th, 2008, white guilt is dead.

    For over a century, the millstone of white guilt hung around our necks, retribution for slave-owning predecessors. In the 60s, American liberals began yanking that millstone while sticking a fork in the eye of black Americans, exacerbating the racial divide to extort a socialist solution. But if a black man can become President, exactly what significant barrier is left? The election of Barack Obama absolutely destroys the entire validation of liberal white guilt. The dragon is hereby slain.

    So today, I’m feeling a little “uppity,” if you will. From this day forward, my tolerance level for having my skin color hustled is now exactly ZERO. And it’s time to clean house. No more Reverend Wright’s “God Damn America,” Al Sharpton’s Church of Perpetual Victimization, or Jesse Jackson’s rainbow racism. Cornell West? You’re a fraud. Go home. All those “black studies” programs that taught kids to hate whitey? You must now thank whitey. And I want that on the final exam.

    Congressional Black Caucus? Irrelevant. Maxine Waters? Shut up. ACORN? Outlawed. Black Panthers? Go home and pet your kitty. Black separatists? Find another nation that offers better dreams. Go ahead. I’m waiting.

    Gangsta rappers?…

    (Read the rest of this article at http://genelalor.com/.)