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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:31 PM

Obama defense pick could come sooner than expected

Source: AP


BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior administration officials tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama could name his next defense secretary in December, far sooner than expected and perhaps in a high-powered package announcement along with his choice for secretary of state.

The personnel moves, coupled with Obama’s choice for a new leader of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be viewed by U.S. allies and enemies alike as signal of how he will pursue national security in a second term. All of his choices will be subject to Senate confirmation.

The top names under consideration for defense secretary are former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, deputy defense secretary Ashton Carter, former top Pentagon official Michele Flournoy and Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Kerry is seen as coveting the State Department job more

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/11/30/obama_defense_pick_could_come_sooner_than_expected/

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Reply Obama defense pick could come sooner than expected (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #1
patrice Nov 2012 #2
Purveyor Nov 2012 #5
David__77 Nov 2012 #3
MotherPetrie Nov 2012 #4
adieu Nov 2012 #6
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #10
forestpath Dec 2012 #13
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #20
Tom Rinaldo Dec 2012 #21
wisteria Nov 2012 #7
femmocrat Nov 2012 #8
blueclown Nov 2012 #9
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #11
blueclown Dec 2012 #15
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #16
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #18
tammywammy Nov 2012 #12
rachel1 Dec 2012 #14
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #17
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #19

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:35 PM

1. I think it will be Hagel in the end. He wants a republican so that he can explain why the defense

budget needs to be cut.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:39 PM

2. +1

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:40 PM

5. I'm good with Hagel. Hope that is his selection. eom

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:44 PM

3. I liked Robert Gates.

He was much better than what we have currently. He was correctly opposed to the US aggression against Libya.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:01 PM

4. Hope to god it's not that fucking asshole Chuck Hagel

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:51 PM

6. We have one for Hagel, and one against Hagel

Can people provide some more details besides, "I think Hagel is a good choice," or "I fucking hate Hagel!"?

I think a great provocative and controversial choice would be Dennis Kucinich as SoD. That would be epic.

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Response to adieu (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:29 PM

10. Chuck Hagel is already part of the Obama Administration. Obama and Biden both like him.


Chuck Hagel is currently the Chairman of President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board
Assumed office: October 28, 2009
Bio here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hagel


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Response to adieu (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:09 AM

13. I'm a DEMOCRAT. I think that's plenty self-explanatory as to why

 

I don't want any REPUBLICANS in the Obama administration.

And Hagel's record is absolutely horrifying.

And I think it's a betrayal of everything the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for to have him involved in it in any way.



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Response to forestpath (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:11 AM

20. Your link is very informative.

Hagel has a lousy voting record.
anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti civil rights, is very Corpocracy supporting, against sane energy laws, and FOR laws which reward oil companies.
Is VERY "free trade"
and Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
Suports voter ID and other repressive legislation
anti Health Care, and voted YES on Means Testing for Medicare recipients ( WTF???)

Nope, not one of us.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:35 PM

21. True, he is not one of us

Neither was Obama's first S.O.D. The position has a very specific focus, even more so than S.O.S. If Obama wants Hagel I can live with the choice. He has been pretty sane, even courageous, on national security matters; openly breaking with his Party and the last Republican president on matters of war and peace.

Hagel is intelligent and thoguhtful and has worked with Obama before. I am not pushing for him, but I won't blow a gasket if Obama chooses him either.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:27 PM

7. There are plenty of good Democrats to chose from.

He doesn't need to keep on trying to impress Republicans and moderates with Republican cabinet posts.

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Response to wisteria (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:44 PM

8. Agree.

Is Hagel even qualified for the position? There must be plenty of qualified democrats. (To the victor, goes the spoils!)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:09 PM

9. Uhh.. why isn't Leon Panetta's name listed?

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Response to blueclown (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:32 PM

11. Listed for what?


Leon Panetta is the one that is leaving.

Panetta is the current Secretary of Defense

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Panetta


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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:46 AM

15. I was unaware Panetta was leaving his post.

Why? Didn't he just get the position?

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Response to blueclown (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:55 AM

16. He has held the position since July 1, 2011


Panetta has said that he doesn't want to serve through Obama's second term,
but he also said that that didn't mean that he wanted to leave right away.
He said he wanted to stay till the defense cuts are worked out, etc.

So, I'm not sure how long into 2013 he will stay.

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Response to blueclown (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:00 AM

18. Here's an excerpt I just now found regarding Panetta


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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made clear he did not intend to stay for a second term but he has never publicly discussed the timing of his departure, widely thought to be down the road in 2013. Yet Obama's thinking on Panetta's replacement has quietly advanced, aided by a strong list of candidates, officials said.

One senior U.S. official said Panetta is expected to stay on the job at least through the Jan 21 inauguration ceremony for Obama, another sign that the president is close to naming a new defense chief. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss internal White House thinking.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/obama-defense-pick-could-_0_n_2221136.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:46 PM

12. Ashton Carter would be a good pick. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:15 AM

14. And if the repukes don't approve the choice then Obama ought to

use his executive order or recess appointment to show them who's boss.

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Response to rachel1 (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:57 AM

17. Even recess appointments eventually have to be voted on/confirmed by The Senate


... otherwise the appointment expires at the end of the congressional session.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:05 AM

19. Also former top Pentagon official Michele Flournoy is being considered for Sec of Defense


-snip-

The top names under consideration for defense secretary are former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, former top Pentagon official Michele Flournoy, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Among those, Kerry is seen as desiring the secretary of state's job more.

-snip-

Flournoy would be the first woman to lead the Defense Department. She served in the Pentagon under Panetta as undersecretary of defense for policy, resigning early this year. She served as a foreign policy adviser to Obama during his re-election campaign.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/obama-defense-pick-could-_0_n_2221136.html



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