Skip to comments.Barack Obama May Recruit Defence Chief Robert Gates
Posted on 06/28/2008 5:45:12 PM PDT by Coffee200am
In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House.
Obamas top foreign policy and national security advisers are pressing the case for keeping Robert Gates at the Pentagon after he won widespread praise for his performance. The move would be in keeping with Obamas desire to appoint a cabinet of all the talents.
After appealing for unity with former rival Hillary Clinton and her supporters and big donors last week, Obama, 46, is turning his attention to wooing Republicans and independent voters who may be concerned that he lacks the experience to be trusted with Americas defence.
Richard Danzig, an adviser to Obama on national security and a former navy secretary, said: My personal position is Gates is a very good secretary of defence and would be an even better one in an Obama administration.
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And Gates may tell the juvenile Senator to grow-up before asking such things of adults.
Ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Demopublicans and Republicrats. The same revolving door power elite rules both parties.
I didn’t know Gates supports American surrender in Iraq.
Getting serious now, what does Obama know about defending our country and/or foreign policy.
My latest Obama link:
Obama is not going to leave Iraq. I wish he would but he won’t. He is already hedging. As I said, the differences between the two major parties are paper thin, rhetoric for the sheeple to the contrary.
Despite what the “media” would like us to believe, this wouldn’t be “historic.” Slick Willie already did this with Bill Cohen.
You might want to join the Code Pinkos,that is their No. 1 goal.
Also All the other various Marxist organizations are working for the same.
There are many Marxist organizations working for your goal.
I find it very disturbing that this empty nothing without resume presumes to be selecting folks upon whom my future and the future of my children and grand children rests.
I feel that things are going to get very ugly.
I agree with you totally. I’ll also bet a dollar to a donut that BO will appoint a “gay” man or woman to the job as Secretary of Defense. That’s our future.
Marxist organizations? Many libertarians and conservatives are antiwar. Heck, back in the late 1990s most people on this site were antiwar when it came to Clinton’s war in Kosovo. On the other hand, many leftists are pro-war when the rubber hits the road. Mark my works. As the Gates overture indicates, Obama will keep us involved in the Iraq war (now longer than WWII!) when he takes office. Ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties. Both believe in policing the world.
McCain beat him to this by months.
How did those Democrats paint themselves into this corner? Oh, yeah. Hillary. Obama was Not Hillary.
re Kosovo, Clintoon was on the wrong side, the side we are fighting in Afgan & Iraq.
My relatives who have served tours in the war and still there understand why we are there.
The largest number of military in the U.S. are based in San Diego. Those I speak with understand why we are there.
This Liberal POS for gay marriage, pro drugs,
strange three marriages, ACLU employee is all yours
Bob Barr while at USC in 1967 joined the Young Democrats of America, and rallied against the Vietnam War.
His parents disapproved, and threatened to cut off financial support if he continued his “flaming liberal” activities
On the Colbert Report on June 4, 2008, Barr confirmed that he now supports ending marijuana prohibition, as well as the War on Drugs
At the 2008 Libertarian National Convention, he apologized for the part of the Defense of Marriage Act which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages ( Barr supports same sex marriage)
Barr has called for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, leaving no permanent military bases. A press release from Barr’s presidential campaign stated: “The next president should commit to a speedy and complete withdrawal from Iraq, and tell the Iraqi people that the U.S. troops will be going home
Barr Does Not support the Patriot Act which has kept us from further attacks since 9/11
Barr has been a vocal opponent of President George W. Bush’s claim of authorization to wiretap transnational phone calls without individual judicial license. (Another favorite of the left.)
More recently, Barr has become a prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union, sometimes doing paid consulting on privacy issues.
Barr had acquiesced to his then-wife having an abortion in 1983. He had also invoked a legal privilege during his 1985 divorce proceeding so he could refuse to answer questions on whether he’d cheated on his second wife with the woman who is now his third.”
I think we have a fundamentally different view of the role of government. I believe that government, both in the bedroom and with the tax collector, is the problem not the solution. Hence, I can never vote for hyper-statist, paternalist, welfarist like McCain and favor Barr. I suspect we cannot resolve this difference because you are apparently not as bothered by McCain’s big government views as I am. We have two different philosophies of government.
“Obama is not going to leave Iraq. I wish he would but he wont.”
What conservative is against the Iraq war? And its not really about a war with Iraq. Its a war about freedom and terrorism.
IIRC, Cohen replaced the previous DefSec, as Clinton had botched that one so badly, and needed a fall guy.
That said, this isn't historic, previous administrations have kept folks from the prior administrations in cabinet positions including a secretary of war.
Bush did it most recently with Mineta (though he was moved from commerce to transportation.)
I doubt Gates would want to work under an Obama administration, at the end of the day, they would just want you to be the republican fall guy that they can blame.
Bob Barr is against the US capturing known terrorist cell phone conversations between terrorist foreign nationals and terrorist foreign nationals. Are you?
If the IslamOfascists take over there will be no government
Yup... Obama's judges would have rendered the same verdict on the 2nd Amendment as Alito, Scalia and the Republican appointments just did.
You just go ahead and vote for the Dems by NOT voting for McCain (NO, I do NOT like the him that much) . We LOSE ANYTHING in the Constitution by teaching another lesson... Mark my words.... We WILL NOT get them back.
You doggone well better think about that.
It’s not surprising, it’s hard to find any democrats these days who would be any good at the job.
Clinton tried a Democrat, and he screwed up so bad Clinton had to replace him with a Republican. Not much of one though.
More likely Obama will choose Barney Frank to be in his cabinet.
Thank you patriot08.
He certainly needs someone who has a clue.
AFAIK, he doesn't. But he does support not preparing for wars with more sophisticated enemies, like the ChiComs or the Russians. He's said as much himself, when he cashiered the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Secretary of the Air Force.
McCain is unlikely to appoint such strict constructionist judges either. He wouldn't appoint a Ginzberg, but he might very well appoint a Stevens (Ford), Souter (Bush I), or even a Kennedy (Reagan) who while he voted for the Constitution in Heller, voted for Child Rapists, using a wacko standard for "cruel and unusual", and full Constitutional rights for terrorists.
Possibly..tho he did promise to do so a couple of weeks back.
OTH, we could teach 'em another lesson and count on Barack to appoint the judges we like...
Right now, the balance is about right. The most consistently libertarian judge on the court, Kennedy, provides the crucial vote in favor of second amendment rights with the conservatives while he also provides the crucial vote with the liberal justices for civil liberties.
Also, the conservative judges are young and probably will be on the court in four years. The most liberal judges on elderly so any replacements will be pretty much a wash. If there was ever a time to vote your conscience for a third party candidate, this is it.
You cannot be a conservative and Constitutionalist and really believe this... 5 to 4 on the Second Amendment...
How could you possibly believe the 4 were a good balance?
This is right vs wrong....
And Michael Moore will be Obama’s press secretary.
But...but...I thought we needed change!
McCain could use this in an ad: “The nation is so safe that Obama is willing to keep the same Sec. of Defense Bush picked”.
WJC brought on Cohen in the second admin. Gates would be staying on.
HUGE historic difference.
“Bush’s third term”?
Because the liberal four are sometimes superior to the conservative four on fourth, fifth amedment and privacy issues. The best guy on the court by far is Kennedy who is more likely than any other member to support both privacy and the second amendment.
A Justice Kennedy is better than a Justice Ginsburg. So if we replace Stevens and Ginsburg with two Kennedys, we would actually be drifting the coiurt to the right because two cultural marxists wil be replaced by two moderates.
Interesting... Thanks for your thoughts.