Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Change That...Wait, There's a Change?

Obama's "National Security Working Group", or, as Ambinder reports, "potential cabinet members and agency heads...":

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Senator David Boren, former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Secretary of State Warren Christopher
Greg Craig, former director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning
Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig
Representative Lee Hamilton, former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder
Dr. Tony Lake, former National Security Advisor
Senator Sam Nunn, former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Secretary of Defense William Perry
Dr. Susan Rice, former Assistant Secretary of State
Representative Tim Roemer, 9/11 Commissioner
Jim Steinberg, former Deputy National Security Advisor


"Notable absences include Brzezinski, Samantha Power, Rob Malley, Ben Rhodes, Lee Hamilton[Who's there], and others who existed on the interesting left edge of the Obama foreign policy universe. These working groups aren't necessarily that important, and it's not hard to figure out why the Obama campaign didn't want to explain Malley's inclusion to hardline Jewish groups, but it's disappointing. Nothing personal, but Madeleine Albright is not "change we can believe in."

Matt mentions something even more disappointing:

"Justin Logan reminds us that William Perry, who is on the list, wanted to bomb North Korea in 2006 and John McCain wanted to bomb North Korea in 2003 (and also, I believe, back in 1994)."

This isn't something that wouldn't make me not vote for him, but as a progressive I'm saddened. Looks like we're going back to Clinton foriegn policy. Again better than Bush (by FAR) but nothing to write home about.

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