Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?
The Washington Post‘s editorial board is the latest group to jump on the God, please, not Chuck Hagel bandwagon: FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team. He would not, however, move it toward the center, which is the usual role of such opposite-party nominees. | Read More »
Pentagon: Like It or Not, Gitmo Terrorists Coming to US
Michele Flournoy, President Barack Obama’s newly minted Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, may have unwittingly given a preview of Obama’s big speech on the fate of terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay, when she spoke after the Senate overwhelmingly voted to strip funding for implementing the closure from the Administration’s supplemental budget request for Iraq and Afghanistan. Flournoy essentially said that members of Congress | Read More »
So, we’re hearing Michele Flournoy for SecDef.
She’s currently the president of Center for a New American Security and a member of Obama’s Pentagon transition team: there’s an article about her here. She also had some very interesting (and at least mildly reassuring) Senate testimony earlier this year on post-Surge Iraq policy. Former Clinton supporter, of course, so expect less “Flee Iraq!” and more “So, let’s talk about gays in the military.” | Read More »