Tuesday, May 31, 2011

President Obama's National Security Team Is Now In Place

President Obama, followed by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey at the White House on Monday. Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times

Obama Wraps Up Reshaping of National Security Team -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — In announcing Monday that he would nominate Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama concluded a broad reshuffling of his national security team just as the administration is heading into a new debate over bringing American troops home from Afghanistan.

General Dempsey, who if confirmed by the Senate would take over from Adm. Mike Mullen as the nation’s highest ranking military officer, has not taken a public position on how many troops should be withdrawn starting in July, the date set by the president for beginning to reduce the United States military presence in Afghanistan.

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My Comment: It is going to take me a while to get around the idea that General Petraeus now runs the CIA and General Odierno will head the U.S. Army .... but in general .... this reshaping of the National Security team holds no surprises.

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