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  •  Uh... that doesn't excuse the status quo choice.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ...of Gates.  What a missed opportunity!  We need someone willing to take charge of our military and recognize that cutting its budget by 10% -- cutting out old weapons systems and aged aircraft etc., putting a greater emphasis on human intel and counterinsurgency -- wouldn't be such a bad thing.  Gates is not that guy.

    •  and like this is going to happen (6+ / 0-)

      in the first 24 months!!! during a depression.

      We need, we need, we need.  

      Obama did not promise heaven on earth.  We are going to get quite the opposite even if he makes no mistakes.

      What is wrong out there?  Anyone who has really suffered in this life, really had to wait for any justice at all knows that things are not the zero sum game many of you out there try to make it.

      All this gnashing of teeth makes me think less of of you.  It is a clear indication that you all have not been through the wringer.

      Those of us who have know that even a small reprieve is heaven sent and that nothing changes overnight.

      We know how impossibly difficult it is to make meaningful change and how dancing on the head of a pin is just the start of it.

      Obama is doing his dance.  Chill and do something positive.

      Like I keep posting: I want a list of objectives that we can get behind and PUSH.  All this flailing around about his picks is a gigantic waste of time and we do not have that time.

      Go to work with proposals we can all get behind.  

      And try to get consensus on those proposals here!  Good luck.

      "When Obama speaks, Angels orgasm" Jon Stewart, 2008

      by fernan47 on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 07:34:58 AM PST

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      •  I just want this war to end... (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm no policy dork. Maybe Obama talked to Gates and asked him if he'd be okay with a change in policy.  Who knows?  

        Then again, maybe these cabinet posts aren't really that important in the grand scheme of things.  Right?  


    •  obama said during the campaign multiple times (8+ / 0-)

      he would consider keeping gates. you should have paid attention and raised your fuss prior to 11/4 if this is so devestating to you.

      First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win - Gandhi

      by mysticlaker on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 07:54:18 AM PST

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    •  Opposing management theories (6+ / 0-)

      The Republicans spent 8 years associating the message with the messenger - with disastrous results. If they didn't like the person, they discounted the policy. Their underlying assumption was that every person's individual ideology must shape their approach to implementing policy. The only way the President could get his agenda across was to appoint rabid ideologues who had religiously drunk the same Kool-aid.

      Obama operates on the principle that good policy can shape individual behavior. If the policy is well and thoroughly made - including running it through strongly opposing views - whatever comes out will garner broader support.

      I have been teaching and researching management for 2 decades. Obama is using a technique that Japanese managers have used for at least a century. They argue a new policy up and down and sideways internally until everyone eagerly or reluctantly climbs on board. It takes somewhat longer to arrive at a decision, but the resulting implementation goes much faster and smoother. Everyone understands the policy and everyone has had their say. Probably most everyone has had a tiny concession or two in their direction.

      Obama seems to have combined this idea with using a core group of very strong, articulate subordinates to further help speed up the decision-making stage. With better minds, the inevitable arguments will be pursued and resolved that much faster.

      Obama's approach has a far greater likelihood of overall success than the Bush approach. Obama doesn't need slavish adherence. He just needs an honest effort from every appointee. If he gets it, his agenda will do just fine.

      For at least the next 2 or 3 years, I expect that he will get that effort. Even political opposites know how precarious America's position is right now. No one is going to mess around. Their disagreements will be honest - then their execution will be heartfelt.

      If he is successful in stabilizing America's situation in the next 2 or 3 years, then the players may feel more temptation to play games around some of the bigger initiatives that follow. By then, however, Obama will have scoped everyone out to the millimeter and he will know exactly what to do.

      Relax, the guy's a pro.

      -2.38 -4.87: There are no nationalists in a global financial meltdown

      by grapes on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 08:27:05 AM PST

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