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CNN reports that Obama's leading candidate for national security advisor is General Jim JonesMR SUBLIMINAL Nope, not going there. Not even me...., and Chris Bowers asks the natural question:

Even after two landslide elections in a row, are our only governing options as a nation either all right-wing Republicans, or a centrist mixture of Democrats and Republicans?

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Let's say that all of the leading contenders for Obama's national security team end up in his administration. This would give him a core foreign policy team of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano, Jim Jones, and Robert Gates. That is, overall, a center-right foreign policy team lacking any clear progressives (at least, foreign policy and national security progressives). All of them, with the possible exception of Jones, supported the Iraq war from the outset. At least two of them, Gates and Napolitano, opposed withdrawing troops as recently as 2007 (although the new agreement with Iraq has rendered that debate moot). Also, two members of this group, Gates and Jones, supported McCain. This team would oversee roughly 60% of discretionary federal budget spending, military operations, and all diplomatic relations.

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Submitted by elixir on

Odd, that Wes had a prominent role in Obama's campaign and typical of The General he gave it 110%, but, he doesn't get consideration. I enjoy Clark's perspective on many issues and found his coverage with Aaron Brown of the initial Operation Freedom airstrikes in Iraq amazing.

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Submitted by pie on

Geithner, president of New York Fed Reserve to be Treasury Sec., Richardson offered Commerce.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner and former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson have all accepted posts in President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet, according to media reports. Clinton accepted the position of secretary of state, the New York Times reported. Richardson is in line to become Commerce secretary and Geithner was picked to be Treasury secretary, NBC News reported.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

which boils down to "this is brilliant, because all these center-rightists will give Obama cover to pursue progressive policies!"

Any questions I had about Obama's direction were answered when he made Rahm COS -- Obama isn't a "hand-on" manager, and thus Rahm will be able to pretty much determine what "options" are available when it comes time to make decisions....