CHANGE? Obama retains George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense.
Is the LEFT starting to have buyers remorse with Barack Obama? Did I miss something or didn’t Barack Obama promise change during the Presidential campaign? He promised he would bring change to Washington. Unless Obama was referring to the change in his pocket he has yet to back up any of his Leftist pandering campaign promises of change. Obama constantly railed against Bush and McCain regarding the war in Iraq during the campaign. Claiming that McCain was just 4 more years of Bush.
Might someone want to explain how change in 4 more years of GWB’s defense secretary? Even the libs must be scratching their heads and grinding their teeth with this Obama move. Even the LEFT is asking where is the change? Of all the people Obama keeps for his Cabinet, he chooses the Secretary of Defense where Obama was most adamant against McCain/Bush with regards to Iraq. If this does not prove that Obama has no experience or judgment when it comes to war, nothing does. He feels the need to keep the status quo even though he constantly chided GWB’s military policies abroad. How many people who voted for “change” would have voted for Obama knowing he would have kept Gates?
Yet even more change that you can’t believe in coming from the Obama transition as all signs point to Barack Obama keeping on Defense Secretary Robert Gates. As The Gateway Pundit puts it, Change? More Like 4 More Years – Obama Will Keep Gates As Defense Secretary. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has agreed to stay on under President-elect Barack Obama, according to officials in both parties.
The fact of the matter is that keeping Robert Gates is a smart move given the present situation that the US finds itself in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan and the tenuous situation with Iran, Russia, North Korea and Venezuela. That being said, we agree with Stop the ACLU that we won’t criticize Obama for the choice of Gates; however, we will criticize Obama for his pandering promises of change only to know that no such change could ever have occurred and the US be safe or Obama ever hoping to have a second term. Obama did nothing more than say anything to get elected and then deal with the consequences. Sounds like a typical politician to me.
CNN: Gates expected to stay on as Obama’s defense secretary
One source called it “all but a done deal” that the announcement could come as early as next week.
“It’s now pointing in that direction,” one of the sources close to the transition said of Gates being part of Obama’s national security team, which may include Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
“It’s likely to happen,” a second source close to the transition said of Gates staying on.
This source noted that Gates could stay for longer than a year if he and Obama end up working well together.