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Fri Nov 27, 2020, 04:47 PM

(Axios) Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

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Source: Axios

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors ó race, experience, Biden's comfort level ó have come into play.

Between the lines: Biden's top advisers feel pressure to announce an African American to a prominent Cabinet role. Earlier this week, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), a top ally, said he was disappointed more African Americans had not been included in Biden's early selections.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/biden-defense-secretary-lloyd-austin-1af4a702-aaf2-4e9e-9f5f-3ece6a9ff362.html?utm_campaign=organic&utm_medium=socialshare&utm_source=twitter

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Reply (Axios) Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief (Original post)
sabra Nov 27 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 27 #1
Gore1FL Nov 27 #2
Sewa Nov 27 #3
grobertj Nov 27 #4
Sewa Nov 27 #6
TimeToGo Nov 27 #5
lastlib Nov 28 #8
Fiendish Thingy Nov 27 #7
LittleGirl Nov 28 #9
JudyM Nov 28 #10

Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:28 PM

1. I hear what Rep. Clyburn is saying.

And maybe this is racial bias on my part, or maybe it isn't.

This is what I believe:

Color should not be part of the criteria for any job.



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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 05:30 PM

2. So I guess we are just giving up on less than 7 years former military not being defense secretaries?

When Trump broke things, I was hoping we'd not dance on the pieces of the traditions and rules he'd shattered.

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 06:48 PM

3. I would support Gen Wes Clark for the position

If it was for a short term to regain international confidence and respect.

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Response to Sewa (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 06:50 PM

4. He's not black.

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Response to grobertj (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 08:11 PM

6. I'm aware of his race

Is there a racial requirement now?

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 07:18 PM

5. I prefer no general

As head of DOD.

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Response to TimeToGo (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 12:11 AM

8. Agreed!

SecDef should be a civilian.

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 09:52 PM

7. My vote would be Jeh Johnson. Nt

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 12:32 AM

9. Can we stop selecting retired people?

What about younger (actually working) candidates for posts like this?

We need younger blood. It's almost as if the older retired candidates won't share their knowledge with the younger generation.
I'm old so I can say this with sincerity.

The youth are our future. Let's give them a chance to shine.

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 08:41 AM

10. Locking

Anticipatory, so please post in GD instead. Discussion of who Biden is considering is not yet important headline news, itís behind the scenes talk and analysis.

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