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Robert Gates to stay at Defense November 26, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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No surprises here.  Excellent move on Obama’s part.  He can try to stabilize the economy, without worrying too much about Iraq and Afghanistan.  And despite what Democrats may say, the two wars are going o.k., although more troops are needed in Afghanistan.  Gates has implemented the surge perfectly; along with Petraeus, Obma is basically accepting that the Bush administration’s current policy on the wars is the correct one.



1. wilsonrofishing - November 26, 2008

I think it makes perfect sense to keep Secretary Gates in place; Obama is just being pragmatic. Gates has not been an ideologue the past two years. He has demonstrated competence, held subordinates accountable, and proven adept at operating in DC.

Most importantly of all, keeping a steady hand at DOD gives the new administration cover to focus on an ambitious domestic agenda.

If Obama is going to spend political capital, he will do so by expanding entitlement programs, especially Health Care, not by appeasing the idealists who see his election as the repudiation of every last second of the past 8 years.

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