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Versailles welcomes Obama

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Robert Parry

Surprisingly this Thanksgiving, the Washington Establishment had a lot to give thanks for. And its chief mouthpiece – the Washington Post’s neoconservative editorial page – was glowing over its good fortune in the three-plus weeks since Barack Obama's election.

On Friday, the Post’s lead editorial thanked President-elect Obama for settling on insider favorites for key jobs, especially officials with long records of promoting the neocon foreign policy agenda. ...

... The Post editorial writers were especially excited over the prospect of Obama keeping Robert Gates as Defense Secretary. “We hereby join what undoubtedly will be the large chorus that hails this choice,” they wrote.

The Post also hailed the expected selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and the early appointment of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff. The common denominator of the three is a close association with Bush’s Iraq War – Gates as its current defender and Clinton and Emanuel as neocon-lite Democrats who were early advocates.

The troika of Gates, Clinton and Emanuel – with a supporting cast of Bush administration holdovers at the Pentagon and “centrist Democrats” from the Brookings Institution moving to State – will mean at minimum that Obama will encounter many dragging feet slowing a military withdrawal from Iraq.

Obama may think it’s quite clever – or at least literary – to assemble “a team of rivals” in the mold of Abraham Lincoln in 1861. But he’s likely in for a rude awakening over what it means in the world of modern Washington to assemble an administration in which top players and their subordinates don’t agree with your positions.

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amberglow's picture
Submitted by amberglow on

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/us/pol...
-- National Security Pick: From a Marine to a Mediator

it also lies about their relationship--he was an "policy expert" for him -- i posted this the other day about it-- (it also ignores that he's even involved in the US Chamber of Commerce --or energy or big business at all) --

http://www.uschambermagazine.com/content... -- Chamber Official Participates in McCain, Obama Events -- "... Gen. Jim Jones (ret.), the Institute’s president and CEO, joined other national policy experts at Sen. Barack Obama’s “Conversation on Competitiveness” event in Pittsburgh on June 26. Jones is joining experts from the fields of energy, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and advanced science in a panel discussion being held at Carnegie Mellon University. ..."

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Submitted by Damon on

Off topic, but do you know how to code links and use block quoting? It would make the posts much easier to read/follow.

On the topic, I'm not sure it's fair to group the three that were grouped together. But, I agree with the general gist that "change" was a policy it was a campaign message. It's really too bad that so many let themselves be tricked into thinking otherwise even while the evidence screamed in their faces.

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Submitted by herb the verb on

alot easier to understand/read if you link in a "< a href="">[description]< /a>" code and < blockquote >< /blockquote> code (and also quoted within that).

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Submitted by amberglow on

sorry all--i didn't know it was a prob for people.

(and this is a diff system than what i'm familiar with-- < i > and < b > and other basic easy codes i know by heart don't seem to work here, and there's no automatic "link" button, then an option for the "text that becomes the clickable link" connected to that ...)

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Submitted by a little night ... on

< i > and < b > work for me:

I just love italics! They make me feel bold!

amberglow's picture
Submitted by amberglow on

i dunno why they never worked for me before--i haven't tried since the redesign tho

oh well : >

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Submitted by amberglow on

i'm lazy, and since this system makes the link a real link automatically, i usually don't bother with typing all the < a href = " ... stuff.

block quotes i don't know how to do--what's the code for it ? if it's easy i'll use it if it helps. : >

(i try to space stuff out and make it clear with "... ..." what the quoted part is)

The fact that all of DC --and so many Republicans -- were for him during the campaign, and even more of them now, should have been proof enough, but the loudest voices (online at least) didn't care at all--and the party itself made it crystal clear that he was their pick from early on--so the fact he was always a lying sack of shit and actively set good policies back and reinforced rightwing and Village themes all along kinda never mattered--the DC Dem pick always becomes the nominee -- no matter what the candidates say or do, i find--in my 24 years of voting at least. And the anointing at a previous Dem convention too, told me back in 04 that he (like Clinton) would be their pick when and if he ran.

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Submitted by herb the verb on

Remove the space after the first "<" in the following:

< blockquote>your quote here< /blockquote>

If I write a comment I know is going to have a few blockquotes and/or hrefs I'll type one set out, copy/paste it three or four or five times then fill it in as I go.

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Submitted by Damon on

Block quotes can be used to offset certain parts of an article. I think herb just showed how to do them. If you click on the "input format" clickable link just below your comment box and just above the preview button, it'll show you a whole bunch of easy coding. BTW, < i > < / i > and < b > < / b > should work just like they do everywhere else.

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Submitted by amberglow on

(isn't that the right response? dutch, no?)

you guys should have told me ages ago--i didn't know it was a prob.

herb the verb's picture
Submitted by herb the verb on

I'm going there in a couple of weeks so I'm working on my 100-word vocabulary, spanish-accented pigeon Dutch.

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Submitted by amberglow on

it's a great country! : >

(i'm off to madrid tues night--yay!)

Submitted by gob on

I've just been trying to find any documentation that Hillary Clinton was an early advocate of war with Iraq, with no success. Anybody have anything?