Obama wants Bush war team to stay
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who has been named to the same Cabinet post in the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama, is asking experienced members of the Bush war team to stick around to smooth the transition in the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has asked most Bush administration political appointees except those targeted for dismissal to stay on in the Pentagon until replaced by the Obama administration in the coming months. “I have received authorization from the president-elect’s transition team to extend a number of Department of Defense political appointees an invitation to voluntarily remain in their current positions until replaced,” Mr. Gates said in an Dec. 19 e-mail to political appointees. The chance to stay is “available to all willing political appointees with the exception of those who are contacted individually and told otherwise,” he stated.
Great news for those who think the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror as a whole are being managed well, but it flies directly in the face of those who expected CHANGE, who voted for CHANGE, and who do not think America’s wars have been managed well. Outcry from the left (nada). Maybe they just opposed President Bush and not the wars? Noooo, that couldn’t possibly be. That would mean their dissent and opposition to the wars has been based on partisanship not patriotism.
(Sadly, we are sans popcorn today, so I’ll switch to Christmas cookies instead for this one)