Sanity Injection

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Gates to stay on as SecDef

Posted by sanityinjection on November 26, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama is going to retain the services of Bush Administration Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who has overseen the successful surge in Iraq. I think this is a very wise move. However, it will probably dismay Obama’s hard-core anti-war supporters, who were no doubt looking for “Change We Can Believe In” in the area of defense policy.

I have been saying all along that Obama is unlikely to try to advance the withdrawal timetable from Iraq before the 2011 deadline envisoned under the US-Iraq agreement now before the Iraqi Parliament for ratification. Gates’ re-appointment reinforces that likelihood. These decisions are and should always be made based on practical considerations which transcend political parties and ideologies. Or, to put it another way, there is an expectation that if you negotiate a treaty with the US, the US will honor that treaty regardless of who wins the election.

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