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  •  My Thought: Enough of This (4+ / 0-)

    There are some people here, myself included, who agree with the decision to keep Gates on board for the time being to ease in the transition.

    Do I think he is the best man for the job? No. Would I love to see him kicked out of his post? Of course.

    But I believe that there are certain practical reasons why it is acceptable to keep him on in the interim. I hope and expect that, when eligible, Gen. Clark will take over as SoD. Until that time, I grudgingly feel that this was Obama's best course of action.

    Of course I don't expect you to agree. The reasons for disliking the Gates decision are numerous and valid. But that brings me to my point: What are you trying to accomplish with this diary?

    You are clearly aware that this is a highly contentious issue here and you must know that there are smart, logical people on both sides. Are you just stoking the flames? Or do you honestly believe that this press conference shows that Gates will not take orders from the President? I disagree with your interpretation of this article and I think the answer resides with the former.

    •  I think your points are well made (0+ / 0-)

      My point is to make sure that people remain clear that this is a tactical decision by Obama. I have read numerous posts on this site praising this decision as evidence that the "adults are back in charge", that Gates is a representative of competence, that the National security team is a "dream team". This "reality based community" needs to be clear on who Gates is. He is not some super competent bureacrat who has cleaned up the Pentagon. He is a ling-time Bush family hack.

      As for the press conference I do believe that this was a deliberate effort to undermine. A loyal SecDef wouldn't be going out of his way to emphasize Obama's flexibility on the same day Obama said he was committed to the 16 month time table.

      Gates said he could subscribe to Obama's view. He noted that the president-elect had indicated a willingness to be flexible.

      "He did talk about the 16 months in terms of combat forces," Gates said. "But he also talked about a responsible drawdown and that he was willing to listen to the commanders."

      As noted in my diary Gates has a history of betraying Democratic presidents on behalf of Republican interests.

      I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution. Barbara Jordan

      by Lcohen on Thu Dec 04, 2008 at 10:45:12 AM PST

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