As Michael Crowley of The New Republic wrote, Podesta "has succeeded in providing Washington's fractious crunchy liberals with an ethos of corporate discipline and efficiency." That, combined with [Barack Obama]'s drive to engage the corporate elite and titans of previous Democratic administrations-particularly in the areas that concern Americans the most: the economy and war-indicates that the transition might be nearly seamless. Perhaps too seamless for those hoping Obama would rattle Washington's musty cages.The Center for a New American Security-"Obama's Pentagon-in-Waiting" according to Washington Independent scribe Spencer Ackerman-has been generating an avalanche of white papers and a cupboard fuU of experts supporting the new counterinsurgency meme. Obama has already made CNAS cofounder and former [Bill Clinton] defense official Michele Flournoy a DoD transition team leader. CNAS co-founder Kurt Campbell is also a former Clinton Pentagon and National Security Council veteran. In addition, the think tank boasts former [George W. Bush] military officers like John Nagl, a retired lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq and as a top military assistant in Rumsfeld's Pentagon before becoming a full-time disciple of the type of "crusader" counterinsurgency that [Andrew Bacevich] says promotes "protracted, ambiguous and continuous" armed conflict and glorified nation building.Even so, word that [Hillary] might be joining Obama's cabinet has shaken many online activists whose pride in helping achieve a new Democratic era in Washington is dissolving into concern that Obama is ceding too much to the old regime. Obama is where he is today because he convinced voters that Hillary was yesterday's news. Only time will tell if she and her old war-room buddies will get the last word.
Clinton Cabinet Kelley Beaucar Vlahos American Conservative; Dec 1, 2008; 7, 23; Docstoc pg. 9 Reproduced with permission of the
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