Comments: World O'Blog

The holidays make me the same way.

Posted by Lab Kat at November 22, 2005 03:13 PM

Maybe we'll confuse the spambots, anyway....

Posted by Ahistoricality at November 22, 2005 06:12 PM

I don't get depressed because of holidays. I quite like them.

But the news...now that has the power to completely depress me.

Posted by Anne at November 23, 2005 09:32 AM

Gordon England is the choice (and currently acting) Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was (and still is until the Senate confirms his replacement) Secretary of the Navy.

He was brought in during the early days of the Administration along with the other Secretaries of the Military Departments for his business experience. This trend to have corporate folks (although the Sec Army at the time came from business, he was also a retired Army Brigadier General) reflected the Bush "MBA" mentality and the Rumsfeld belief the Pentagon needed to bring the best of private sector practices to the Department of Defense.

I'm always amused by the posturing on both the right and left about "military experience." There is good reason why the law requires the Secretary of Defense to have 10 years removal from military service. Yes, there is a benefit to a certain percentage of executive and legislative branch having prior military experience. However, there is also a benefit to a percentage not having such service. Both sides bring advantages as well as disadvantages from their perspectives and baggage. Civilian control of the military did not come with a disclaimer of "prior experience" required. Can we get over the fact Clinton and Cheney got deferments?

As for England, whether you agree with his decisions or not, it is nice to have someone actually interesting in running the bureaucracy as opposed to thinking of only grand visions for the world or how the Pentagon can be function as both the Department of Defense and State.

As for the "post-Soviet Union" world - what's the alternative? Post-Cold War? Pre China near peer competitor world? Neo-Wilsonian era? US hegemonic era? I suppose we'll get over the term when see how this Administration's grand strategy plays out (According to John Gaddis, the Bush strategy is the most fundamental reshaping of American grand strategy since 1947). Given we passed in the 90s on how to deal with the reality of American sole superpower status, I do not find it surprising folks still revert back to terms such as "post-Soviet world."

Posted by Col Steve at November 23, 2005 09:37 AM