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  •  The DoD is a long-term reclamation and (4+ / 0-)

    cleanup project.

    We can't expect to alter their course and focus areas without teasing out our potential areas of support, nor without identifying the hidden bodies.  Keeping Gates on now is a good play, while we build up our own groupings of personnel who can help to manage a full-scale downsizing of the military and defense operations in an intelligent and safe manner.

    It'll also dovetail with economic opportunities in a big way.

    Some sense of continuity or experience in the current arenas where we operate makes sense, as we can't just drive things in a new fashion and expect everything to align.  Compared to most areas which get our tax dollars, the DoD is more cryptic and oddly entrenched than people might imagine.  There are still many, many ways to drive projects into a hiding place - even while more public efforts are cut.  And, we have ideology from the 60s onwards about the relative role our military should play in terms of GDP, so altering that over time will take immense networking and investigation.

    It strikes me that, much as I don't want him there, Gates can remain our bridge to what is currently known while we put people and plans in place to take over that bridge and rebuild it for more transparent, maintainable traffic.  Plus, Gates's presence reminds everyone that Iraq is a BushCo legacy, not that of the newly elected Democrats.

    Gates can be replaced as soon as we can no longer keep him reasonably controlled (i.e., I cannot see this new arrangement giving him a long leash) or we have enough resources in place to remove him and guide both the wars and DoD mission towards more productive goals under lowered funding.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 09:46:51 AM PST

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