Some suggest Hillary Clinton for Defense Sec. when Gates steps down early in 2011.
- 11/8, "Job openings at Pentagon give President Obama chance to shape military," AOL News by Andrea Stone
- In the next several months,
- This kind of mass exodus of military brass is "virtually unheard of," said John Ullyot, a Republican strategist and former spokesman for the Senate Armed Services Committee. "It's very rare to have so many service chiefs up" all at once, he said.
- The changes in command come as President Barack Obama faces major decision points in the Afghanistan war and prepares to joust with a new, more adversarial Congress over defense spending and his intention to lift the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.
- referring to the Joint Chiefs.
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican holdover from the Bush administration, is expected to step down in early 2011,
Except for Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz, whose term is up in 2012, Obama will soon have his own hand-picked team at the Pentagon.
- Obama recently named a new commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos. The gruff-talking Marine is already in hot water with Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, for publicly questioning the president's intention to allow gays to serve openly.
- "understand that when the commander in chief says do it, you shut up and do it," said Heather Hurlburt, executive director of the National Security Network, a liberal defense think tank. ...
- but the president can't pick another Republican without offending his core supporters."
- Thompson is among those who say "the most obvious choice" is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a West Point graduate who serves on the Armed Services Committee,
is reported to have turned down the job."...
- via MichaelSavage.com