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    Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    US President Barack Obama has nominated Ashton Carter, former deputy defence secretary, to be his next defence secretary, replacing Chuck Hagel.
    If confirmed for the job by the Senate, Carter will replace Chuck Hagel, outgoing US defence secretary.


    Carter has support among Republicans who will take control of the Senate next month.


    The 60-year-old has gained a reputation as an expert on hi-tech weapons and military budgets, portraying himself as a reformer intent on making the vast Pentagon bureaucracy more efficient.


    While Carter is skilled in weapons programmes and technological trends, he has less experience overseeing war strategy and has never served in uniform - unlike Hagel who served in the military and was wounded in the Vietnam War.


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    Obama has laid out his nominee. I suspect he will be accepted by the Senate. He is known for his expertise in high tech weapons but has never served in the military. I dont know if that is a problem or not, but some say he does not have enough expertise in the Middle East with that being the hot topic issue within the military.


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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Obama has laid out his nominee. I suspect he will be accepted by the Senate. He is known for his expertise in high tech weapons but has never served in the military. I dont know if that is a problem or not, but some say he does not have enough expertise in the Middle East with that being the hot topic issue within the military. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Obama and the Pentagon's relationship is chilly. I do not see this mattering.

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Some more info here:

    1.)Ashton Carter, a former Defense Department official and Harvard professor, will be nominated to be the next Secretary of Defense at a Friday morning press conference with President Obama.
    2.)Carter has a long list of academic and security establishment credentials, as well as a history of bipartisan praise.
    3.)His main expertise is in nuclear strategy and he has overseen the Pentagon's weapons procurement and budget.
    4.)He has a history of hawkish leanings on certain issues, advocating for a preemptive strike against North Korea in 2006 and calling for a bigger residual force to be left in Iraq when President Obama was withdrawing troops.
    REad more @: What you need to know about Ashton Carter, Obama's new Defense Secretary nominee - Vox


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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Carter will probably get confirmed, he's a career guy and #2 at DoD.
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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Bottom line is that Hagel was forced out because he didn't rubber stamp the president's assertion that ISIL is the "JV" of global terror orgs.

    As long as this guy is a yes man who knows that his role in the Obama administration is to serve as a dupe to the president's every whim he'll be just fine.
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    And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”

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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Obama has laid out his nominee. I suspect he will be accepted by the Senate. He is known for his expertise in high tech weapons but has never served in the military. I dont know if that is a problem or not, but some say he does not have enough expertise in the Middle East with that being the hot topic issue within the military. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    I predict he's easily confirmed.

    Of course I can't stop calling him Ashton Kutcher, dammit.
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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Hagel didn't show up.....said he didn't want to create a distraction.



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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Obama's got a yes man.
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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Could have been worse, he could have gone with another Ashton:


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    Re: Obama chooses Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Obama's got a yes man.
    In the Obama administration, the Secretary of Defense is nothing but a figurehead. It's Valerie Jarrett who makes the calls in the Pentagon.

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