Here Come The Hawks
Well, it’s gonna be a Chicagocentric few months, isn’t it? Rahm Emanuel’s elevation to Chief of Staff will see to that — for all of the good tidings that the President of the United States, Barack Obama (damn, that sounds soooo good) will bring to D.C., Rahm will bring some Daley-style muscle to the equation.
But what of the Defense Department? There’s some good news, obviously. Missile defense contractors? Thanks for playing, but we have some lovely parting gifts for you. A handful of obsolete weapons systems (not enough, of course — this is the DoD, after all) will go by the boards too, as would Camp Delta in lovely downtown Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. All to the good.
But it seems that they are beginning to dial back the whole withdrawal from Iraq thing, bit by bit. Yes, by God, there will be a timetable — but it will be less than satisfactory to us on the Angry Left, I fear. And Afghanistan may not go as well as planned. Plus, those favoring a de-Bushification cannot be at all pleased with the whispers about Robert Gates staying on.
All of this commentary comes, of course, from somebody who understands the Defense Department only at the most superficial level. But: it seems that, if the whole national security thing is going to be prioritized, we will have some answers this week — and not all of them good answers. Dream, meet reality.