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Pres. Obama, Sec’y of Defense Gates Want to Cut the Military

April 7th, 2009 Comments off

Monday, April 6, Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, announced plans of the Obama administration to make major changes to the U.S. military.  The intended goal of the administration is to shift focus from larger, more conventional warfare to smaller, unconventional wars like Iraq and Afghanistan or insurgents from Pakistan who disrupt their host nation and raid into neighboring Afghanistan.

I like the idea of focusing on an agile, unconventional military and I see scrapping the F-22 as a potentially worthwhile deal (how long has that thing been in development?) but I think it’s ridiculous to not keep a large, standing military with “dumb” weapons like rifles as well as putting dollars into developing new technology planes and submarines.  I don’t like the idea of throwing away the conventional for the unconventional; I’d prefer that we utilize both.

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U.S. – Pakistan: Obama Misstep or Policy Shift?

March 16th, 2009 Comments off

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, under pressure from his U.S. supporters yielded and agreed to reinstate Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudry.  The U.S. supports President Zardari but the administration is also supporting public marches and demonstrations to which Zardari and his appointed local governor, Salmaan Taseer, have opposed. The main demonstration that was planned was directed by former Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, ostensibly with the goal of getting President Zardari to reinstate the former Chief Justice Chaudry who was ousted during former President Pervez Musharraf’s administration.

My question is whether this is a seeming shift in U.S. international policy to be more open to somewhat democratic movements in Muslim nations whether they

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Is President Obama Circumventing Checks and Balances

February 25th, 2009 Comments off

John Bresnahan reports that Senator Robert Byrd wrote President Obama Wednesday to complain about the Presidential creation of power positions called “czars.”

Senator Byrd, the most tenured Democrat in the Senate, believes that the creation of these “czar” positions wrongfully moves oversight and management from the legislative branch to the executive. To put more of a point on the issue programs are normally overseen by either a Congressional committee or a Presidential cabinet appointee who has been vetted and approved by Congress. The way President Obama is appointing people to positions of power where they report to him with no Congressional oversight of the appointment or review of the program circumvents the principle of checks and balances.

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Sebelius Likely Obama Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services

February 19th, 2009 Comments off

Governor Kathleen Sebelius is again linked to President Obama, this time as a likely nominee for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Last time the administration allowed her name to slip out it was in reference to the possibility of Gov. Sebelius being the Vice Presidential running mate. 

Some items of interest:

  • Gov. Sebelius is a moderate Democrat who might further bring political discussion to middle ground much like President Obama’s choice of Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, tempered Obama advisor Larry Summers’ plans for the ARRA.
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