Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Waiting for the next Dem President

I ping on Lawrence Korb a fair bit here....well once or twice a year. I feel the need to kick him again. He is always described as "Asst. Sec. of Defense during the Reagan Admin." which he was. As if he is a new convert or something. Heck, just follow some of these google links.

Mostly, he is waiting to help shape a post-Republican defense agenda, which he already is. I noticed this jewel from, of all times, 1993. Yes, 15 years ago. Imagine what he will want to do in 2009? Next time Skippy defends something Korb says about Iraq, I will just quote this.
Now that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become the second woman on the Supreme Court and Sheila E. Widnall has become Secretary of the Air Force -- the first female secretary of a military department -- isn't it time to select a woman as chairwoman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Or at least to join the other five chiefs as a member of the club?
Adm. Arleigh Burke, who served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff for six years, was only a rear admiral when President Dwight D. Eisenhower picked him as Chief of Naval Operations in 1955. Gen. Edwin Meyer was a 49-year-old three-star officer with fewer than 30 years of service when President Jimmy Carter chose him as Army Chief of Staff in 1979. Adm. Elmo Zumwalt was also only 49 when named to head the Navy in 1970.

A woman would bring special experience to the military's top position. An institution trying to grapple with such issues as sexual harassment and women in combat could profit from a leader who has walked through some of those minefields.
The logic of the future. Remember that was 15 years ago. Yes. Much, much more cowbell. I welcome our new overlords.

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