Obama Names National Security Team: Stresses Ending the War in Iraq

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Barack Obama held his fourth press conference in seven days this morning, introducing his national security team. As expected, Hillary Clinton will be Secretary of State, Robert Gates will stay on as Defense Secretary, Eric Holder will be the Attorney General, and Janet Napolitano will be Secretary of Homeland Security. Moreover, retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones will be the White House National Security Advisor and Susan Rice will the Ambassador to the United Nations.

None of this was especially surprising, though Obama did use the event to announce that Rice, as the U.N. ambassador, would hold a cabinet-level post, restoring the position that existed before Bush took office.

Obama's comments on the wars in the Middle East were especially interesting, given that he's keeping Bush's Defense Secretary around for another term. From the introductions:

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