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What to Expect from Obama's New "War Team?"

 
 
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 Obama's "war room"--the literal one--is about to be majorly reshuffled. And while he initially gathered, a group of diverse-minded folks together t be in charge of foreign and military policy, the upcoming personnel change has watchers wondering whether he'll choose a new staff more inclined to agree with each other, and with him.

Reports the New York Times:

The departure this summer of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, arguably the most powerful voice in the cabinet, leaves more than an empty seat in the Situation Room. It is a chance for President Obama, at a critical moment in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and amid the Arab uprisings, to rethink the dynamic of the group making some of the most critical decisions in his presidency.

Not long after Mr. Gates settles into his house in Washington State, the term will expire for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, who, like the defense secretary, was appointed by President George W. Bush. And a week ago, Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg announced that he was leaving for an academic job — removing one of the crucial players in Mr. Obama’s efforts to manage China’s rise.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a staunch Gates ally who surprisingly disagreed with the Defense Secretary on what to do about Libya, will remain until the end of Obama's term in 2012.

Read more at the New York Times.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 7, 2011, 3:31am

 
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