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Joint Chiefs Chairman 'Very Positive' After Meeting With Obama

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posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 01:53 PM
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Joint Chiefs Chairman 'Very Positive' After Meeting With Obama


www.washingtonpost.com

But most important, according to several senior officers and civilian Pentagon officials who would speak about their incoming leader only on the condition of anonymity, is the expectation of renewed respect for the chain of command and greater realism about U.S. military goals and capabilities, which many found lacking during the Bush years.

"Open and serious debate versus ideological certitude will be a great relief to the military leaders," said retired Maj. Gen. William L. Nash
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posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 01:53 PM
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I guess the Pentagon felt like the Bush administration just railroaded them all the time and didn't respect their experienced military views, and at times didn't even want to hear them!

This was one of the issues during the campaign, that Obama didn't have any military experience. But, why should a president NEED military experience when he has capable officers in the Pentagon to advise him?

It seems like the Pentagon is breathing a sigh of relief after meeting Obama and knowing that the Bush administration ideology won't be pushed so hard anymore! (See quote in below post!)

It's good to hear that their first meeting went well though and that they feel like they can actually work well together with Obama as the Commander-in- Chief.

www.washingtonpost.com
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[edit on 11/30/2008 by Keyhole]



posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 01:54 PM
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This is from the next paragraph after the quote in the OP.

Joint Chiefs Chairman 'Very Positive' After Meeting With Obama


Senior officers are aware that few in their ranks voiced misgivings over the Iraq war, but they counter that they were not encouraged to do so by the Bush White House or the Pentagon under Donald H. Rumsfeld.

"The joke was that when you leave a meeting, everybody is supposed to drink the Kool-Aid," Nash said. "In the Bush administration, you had to drink the Kool-Aid before you got to go to the meeting."



[edit on 11/30/2008 by Keyhole]



posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 01:59 PM
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On the flip side what else were they going to say? You try hard not to bite the hand of your new owner


Any change from Rummy and company will be helpfull. On the flip side the department under Gates is butting heads with congress and refusing to fund the additional F-22's they put in the budget.



posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 02:03 PM
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They better not start counting their chickens before they hatch. Obama may well pull some troops out of Iraq, but he has made it ABUNDANTLY clear that all he will do is refocus an even LARGER amount of pawns into Afghanistan and he's frothing at the mouth to get into Pakistan as well.

I don't foresee much change at all coming in the next few years, outside of even more conflicts and special-interest profiteering being fullfilled.



posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 02:31 PM
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What do you really expect military leaders to say? It's their job to say "Yes, sir" and carry on smartly. The civilian leadership provides the vision or the mission, it's the generals/admirals with their staff to provide the planning and execution.

Just remember, all generals/admirals are political appointments. These guys may have political aspirations of their own after they leave military service. Some may even become Presidential advisers, elected officials, or even run for President them self.




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