Wednesday, November 26, 2008

On Obama Keeping Gates

Well, I have to say I'm surprised by the reports that have surfaced today saying that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay on a bit through the transition (even though many in the media and AuH2O's Ghost called it). I figured Gates really didn't want the job to begin with, he's tired, and he wants to retire to upstate Washington. Matter of fact, I predicted to Gigs' investor's group just yesterday morning that he wouldn't take it (though I left myself an out by saying that if he did, he'd be there a year or less).

What do I think of it? I think it is great for the country, great for the military, and great for the new President. Robert Gates is a fine American and a talented SecDef. He has put the Rumsfeld years behind us and he's run the Pentagon with a deft hand.

I continue to be impressed with the adults that PEBO is picking for his team.


Anonymous said...

Fine choice, but get rid of Gordon England. He is the village idiot.

Goldwater's Ghost said...

I look darned prescient, don't I? But I also predicted that Lieberman would be offered State, so I'm only half baked.

I think you're right - if he accepts, he's there for a year, tops (to coincide with the Iraq draw down).

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