You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Obama would face tough decision on whether to retain Gen. Petraeus [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 08:44 PM
Original message
Obama would face tough decision on whether to retain Gen. Petraeus
Advertisements [?]
Obama would face tough decision on whether to retain Gen. Petraeus
By Roxana Tiron
Posted: 07/14/08 07:39 PM


When Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) travels to Iraq later this year, he will probably meet with one of Americas most popular and most politicized generals: David Petraeus.

Beyond presidential campaign tactics, that meeting could also provide early hints of whether Obama, if elected president, would keep Petraeus as the U.S. general in charge of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama already finds himself in a delicate position: risking to go against the general whose plan to temporarily increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq quelled insurgent violence, but also risking to alienate the liberal base, which vehemently opposed the so-called surge, and has been pushing for troop withdrawal.

The Illinois senator has vowed to change the war policies of the Bush administration, but replacing the officers whom the president has selected to carry out his orders is more politically challenging.

New presidents usually pick people in their own party for Cabinet and other high-profile government positions. Yet Democrats have not always followed that example at the Pentagon. For example, President Clinton in 1997 tapped then-Sen. William Cohen (R-Maine) to head the Defense Department.

more...

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/obama-would-face-to...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC