President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward retaining Robert Gates as defense secretary. But the “Liberadical” army is having an absolute canary over the thought. They say that retaining gates would be a violation of the trust that groups like code pink put in the President-Elect.
Obama’s selection of Defense Secretary will be Obama’s first real test of whether he will govern from the middle or whether he will give in to the far left radicals who helped to put him in office. Read on for more:
The Wall Street Journal reports
But Politico reports antiwar groups are pushing back: Arms control advocates and anti-war activists are ratcheting up pressure on President-elect Barack Obama to dump Defense Secretary Robert Gates and replace him with a more strident anti-war voice. Nominating Gates to stay, “would be a violation of the mandate for change that Obama says he represents,” said Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the anti-war group CodePink. A better bipartisan fit for Obama, they say, is Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who brings out what they like about Gates – his ability to deal with Russia, Iran and Syria – without the direct link to Bush’s policies. “That would be an unmistakable sign from the Obama camp that they really are nonpartisan,” said Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com. “He would be great.” The pressure comes as momentum appears to be gaining for those who support keeping Gates to remain at the helm of the Pentagon, at least for a transitional period.
Moderate Democrats in Congress, including Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, support the idea. But when Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) promoted Gates appointment in a closed door meeting with Obama and House Democrats several months ago, he was booed by his colleagues