Good post Semper but remember I am trying to stay away from partisan attacks on this thread... that is why while it is open to everyone (of course) I
have invited certain members to participate because I want a more balanced approach to dominate. That is why I have invited liberals and
conservatives, Republicans and Democrats and of course independents as well.
I will say this... take it from a self proclaimed socialist... the Democrats are not socialists and if Obama was I doubt he would have the support of
the likes of Warren Buffet and Paul Volcker. The ruling elite in this country would never allow anyone who would seriously jeopardize their wealth or
influence to gain such high office... But I don't expect to convince you of that.... yet its true.
As for a tragedy... perhaps but that is true of any incoming president... do they really know what they are doing... can they accomplish their
goals... will they be killed... will events conspire to be their undoing? Remember prior to 9/11 bush minor's first 7 months were uneventful and
rather insipid and he was already being viewed as a possible one term president.
Mr. Obama is by all accounts a very intelligent man and a quick study plus he is putting together (so far) a top notch team (though I have my problems
with Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State) to advise him and also to carry out his marching orders.
General Jim Jones is no slacker... he knows his stuff esp. the middle east.
And while I don't especially care for Robert Gates I can live with him. Him staying provides continuity and Maybe after a year Gen. Colin Powell can
be convinced to come on board.
Jim Richardson at commerce is good but I would have liked to have seen him as Sec. of State.
Tom Dashale as Health and Human Services is an odd pick for me... I think Clinton would have fit better there. I really don't know why Dashale is
I don't know much about Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Retired Navy Adm. Dennis Blair is apparently the front-runner to be the director of national intelligence. Again I don't know much about him.
I think Eric Holder as attorney general is a good pick.
Both Paul Volcker as head of the new economic advisory board and Timothy Geitner's as treasury secretary is already sending a reassuring message to
I actually would not be surprised if he found a place somewhere in intelligence for Condi Rice... While I personally do not care for her there is no
denying her intelligence is formidable.
In regards to your fears about the military Semper I suggest you read this article "Pentagon Board says cuts essential"
Its quite interesting and addresses some of these issues.
[edit on 1-12-2008 by grover]