Thursday, June 19, 2008

Obama / Clark team up...kind of

Obama formed a Senior Working Group on National Security who will meet regulary to talk about how to fix the mess that Bush has left the world to clean up.

“Each individual here today has provided extraordinary service to our nation in the executive branch and Congress. Several have been advising my campaign for some time. We’re also honored to be joined by some of Senator Clinton’s senior advisors. In the months to come, we’ll be reaching out to others, as well as leaders in Congress,” Senator Obama said. “The stakes in this election could not be higher. John McCain wants to continue George Bush's foreign policy which has made us less safe, less respected, and less able to lead the world. It's time to change course. It's time to end the war in Iraq responsibly, refocus on Afghanistan and al Qaeda, and renew our global leadership so that we can tackle the huge challenges of the 21st century.”

Who are they?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Senator David Borenformer 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

Pretty powerful team, huh? Can McCain trump this team? Of course not, but I was a little concerned as to where Clark was. It turns out that this was made up of people with civilian national security experience.

"...he will also meet with a group of nearly 40 retired Admirals and Generals to discuss the state of our armed forces, and the challenges facing our military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. This meeting is part of an ongoing dialogue between Senator Obama and current and former military officers of various ranks and views."

Was Clark there? Yes he was and he was sitting next to Obama when he met with the rest of the retired officers.

I think that what Obama is doing since becoming the nominee is outstanding. He is bringing in the best minds to join his. Now, all he needs to do is select Clark for his VP.

*** I will keep on stressing the importance of Clark until Obama has selected a VP. ***


John said...

As much as I like and admire Wes Clark, I am not sure he will be the VP choice. It might be a smart decision, but as weak as McCain now appears to be, I don't think Obama necessarily needs a general on board. Obama needs votes from all corners of the US population, and most Americans feel no connection to the military, despite two disastrous wars.