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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Thats a little short on his credentials dont you think?

    "He was educated at Abington High School in Abington, Pennsylvania, where he had been president of the honor society, and graduated in 1972. He received bachelor's degrees in physics and in medieval history from Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1976.[7] He then received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford in 1979, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.[7]

    During his time in Oxford, around 1977 to 1979, he was based at St John's College, Oxford working with Christopher Llewellyn Smith, chairman of Oxford Physics, who was a Fellow of the College, and among other duties he served as tutor to physics undergraduates, including Stephen Wolfram who went on to found Mathematica, and Oliver Tickell, currently editor of The Ecologist. He was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University and MIT, and an experimental research associate at Brookhaven and Fermilab National Laboratories.
    Ashton Carter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Thats not true
    Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities
    Former Chair of International & Global Affairs faculty, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Ashton B. Carter - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    Also an expert on terrorism, missile defense, and limiting nuclear weapons.
    Wait. Your big counter is to basically agree with him on the academics, but point out that he has too run things - he ran a faculty committee! ???


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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    So how does that at all trump Ashton Carter's qualifications?
    ...unlike Carter, Clark has some?

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    ...unlike Carter, Clark has some?
    I dare say at least Clark will have some connections with the Military that he's maintained, not seeing it for a political lackey. While I'm certainly not going to agree with everything Clark says, at least I can respect him in the position you know?

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    ...unlike Carter, Clark has some?
    Yea..





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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Yea..
    Just so we're clear, you're saying that we're better with Kutcher than Clark as DefSec? We being either the country, or just Obama?

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Just so we're clear, you're saying that we're better with Kutcher than Clark as DefSec? We being either the country, or just Obama?
    I simply can see little difference.


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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I simply can see little difference.
    Well let me put it to you another way, who is more likely to mend some fences with the Pentagon? An egghead who's only experience with the military has been handling the purse strings, or a decorated former General who has fought a long side and worked with many of the men in the past? Better yet, what experience does ol' Kutcher have with working with our foreign allies? I see he was a expert for Goldman Sachs. Is that really equal to a man who has real world experience working in cooperation with our allies and Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO during the Kosovo Conflict?

    You gotta be trolling me at this point if you really think these guys are on the same level man!

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Thats a little short on his credentials dont you think?


    "He was educated at Abington High School in Abington, Pennsylvania, where he had been president of the honor society, and graduated in 1972. He received bachelor's degrees in physics and in medieval history from Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1976.[7] He then received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford in 1979, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.[7]

    During his time in Oxford, around 1977 to 1979, he was based at St John's College, Oxford working with Christopher Llewellyn Smith, chairman of Oxford Physics, who was a Fellow of the College, and among other duties he served as tutor to physics undergraduates, including Stephen Wolfram who went on to found Mathematica, and Oliver Tickell, currently editor of The Ecologist. He was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University and MIT, and an experimental research associate at Brookhaven and Fermilab National Laboratories.
    Ashton Carter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Thats not true
    Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities
    Former Chair of International & Global Affairs faculty, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Ashton B. Carter - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


    Also an expert on terrorism, missile defense, and limiting nuclear weapons.
    No, I think I summed it up pretty well.

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    I like Carter. But then again, I'm a born Capitalist, and Carter is a Capitalist through and through (when he isn't playing in Academia).

    Of course, some people would have preferred someone who actually had some practical experience outside of investments, Academia, and big business. Obama does like the big business guys.
    Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I like Carter. But then again, I'm a born Capitalist, and Carter is a Capitalist through and through (when he isn't playing in Academia).

    Of course, some people would have preferred someone who actually had some practical experience outside of investments, Academia, and big business. Obama does like the big business guys.
    But hes not taking over the treasury, he is taking over the military.

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