Iraqis Are Free – No Thanks to Obama




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“Obama has asked conservative Clinton vet Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff — it’s not a good sign for progressives.”

Emanuel was a major supporter of the Iraq War resolution that authorized the invasion of Iraq.

Indeed, he was the only one of nine Democratic members of Congress from Illinois who backed granting Bush this unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States at the time.

Even more disturbingly, when asked by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” whether he would have voted to authorize the invasion “knowing that there are no weapons of mass destruction,” Emanuel answered that he indeed would have done so, effectively acknowledging that his support for the war was not about national security, but about oil and empire.

Not surprisingly, he has also voted with the Republicans in support of unconditional funding to continue the Iraq War and has consistently opposed efforts by other Democrats to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. occupation forces from that country and related Congressional efforts to end the war.

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Obama picks key Staff

As part of his transition team, Obama has picked Illinois Rahm Emmanuel as his White House Chief of Staff. Emmanuel helped lead Democrats to majority control of the House in 2006. He was elected to the House in 2002 and is the fourth-highest-ranking member of the chamber’s Democratic leadership.

He also worked on President Clinton’s first presidential campaign and served as a White House adviser to Clinton.

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africanpress Says:
November 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Yes sir or madam. You will get the details today. On when and where in the US. Latest announcement is this evening.

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2 Responses to “Iraqis Are Free – No Thanks to Obama”

  1. jeanniejo Says:

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  2. jeanniejo Says:

    Rahm Emanuel: What does Obama’s choice mean for his administration and for America

    President Elect Barack Obama’s choice for chief of staff has been making waves in the media, blogs, and Washington in recent days. When the name was mentioned Nov 5th, I didn’t know a whole lot about Rahm Emanuel, other than he’s from the Illinois delegation and he has a reputation for being a “pitbull” (to use the 2nd biggest cliché of this campaign season). This lack of information was unacceptable. Let the research begin.

    The History

    Rahm Emanuel has been a Democrat in the House of Representatives since 2003. Emanuel worked for Democrat Paul Simon’s 1984 election to the U.S. Senate, was the national campaign director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 1988, and then was senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Richard M. Daley’s victorious campaign for Mayor of Chicago in 1989. His political career kicked into high gear when he worked for the campaign and administration of Bill Clinton as director of finances and then senior advisor to the president. Rahm was elected to the House in 2002 and was named the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2005. Emanuel has maintained a 100 percent pro-choice voting record and is generally liberal on social issues. He has aligned himself with the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Leadership Council.

    Emanuel is seen by many as a “pitbull” politician, and with good reason. In his position as Chair of the DCCC he declared that in his new role “winning is everything”, and he urged Democratic candidates to adopt more centrist positions. He was known to have disagreements with Howard Dean’s “50 state strategy” in the 2008 election. In congress he was believed to be a top candidate for the position of majority whip but was soon after persuaded by speaker Nancy Pelosi not to challenge Jim Clyburn, but instead to succeed Clyburn in the role of Democratic Caucus Chairman. In return, Pelosi agreed to assign the caucus chair more responsibilities, including “aspects of strategy and messaging, incumbent retention, policy development and rapid-response communications”.

    The Question

    Obama’s choice of Emanuel as chief of staff has no doubt raised concerns with conservatives and some independents that his ‘take no prisoners’ style is not conducive to Obama’s message of post partisan politics. They point to talk of Emanuel’s rantings after the Clinton Campaign and his record or extreme political tactics to achieve party goals.

    The office of Chief of Staff presides over the inner workings of the administration. Any fan of The West Wing knows exactly the power and responsibility they have. It is a job that requires a deep knowledge of the inner workings of our government and the political games that, sadly, are often necessary to get things done. Emanuel’s long political strategy resume certainly qualifies him for this. I’m certainly no fan of cutthroat politics (well, maybe sometimes … late at night) but, as they say, “that’s how it is” in Washington.

    But Obama is supposed to represent a change to politics … a mandate to the end of (or at least a break from) the partisan bickering, vindictiveness, and cynicism of Washington. This move could definitely be seen as being out of step with that goal.

    The Verdict: Effective Execution

    I would argue that Emanuel’s choice is both good and bad for the Obama administration and its image but good for the greater goals and for the country. Many have and will continue to see Emanuel’s appointment as cronyism and hypocritical but I think he is a necessary vehicle for Obama to achieve the sheer amount of change to policy he is pursuing. I agree with the majority of the president elect’s plans and therefore I agree with any step that will improve the chances of his plans becoming reality. Even if it might sacrifice his administrations image a bit in the short term.

    In the end, this is about the president. The president calls the shots, his administration, particularly the chief of staff, is there to advance the president’s agenda. Any appointment to the office should be able to get things done. When it comes down to it, Emanuel will be an effective chief of staff … and effectiveness is all I care about for that job.

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