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Obama’s national security team: I hope you didn’t really believe in change?

I was going to write about this travesty, but Tom Engelhardt has said it — and better than I could. “Who Rules the Pentagon?“, Tom Engelhardt, posted at TomDispatch, 25 November 2008 — Excerpt: The Obama national security “team” — part of that much-hailed “team of rivals” — does not yet exist, but it does …

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These days all US Presidents are War Presidents (part 3)

Summary:  Evidence accumulates that President-elect Obama will staff his foreign policy (now militarized to “national security”) team with advocates for the America Imperium.  This delights conservatives and repeats (perhaps unconsciously) the history of the Kennedy Administration.  Let’s hope it ends differently, without an expanded war and a dead President. Despite the hopes of the Left, …

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I was wrong about SecDef Gates – here is a more accurate view of him

I apologize to those of you who read yesterday’s post about Secretary of Defense Gates.  I read his recent speeches with my mind closed.  Fortunately Tom Engelhardt sees what the rest of us overlook.  Following his suggestion, consider Gates’ 4 April speech at West Point. Last year I read Partners in Command, a book by Mark Perry. It …

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Secretary Gates would be a hero – if speeches could reform DoD

Secretary of Defense Gates has received praise from some worthy analysts. It would be deserved, if speeches alone could reform DoD.  It would be heroic, if we had any signs that Gates was even trying. The Zenpundit (25 April 2008): On a related matter I’m very, very happy with Robert Gates. I think he just …

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