Cabinet Diary 1 - Secretary of State
by tietack, Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 07:23:25 AM EST
It's time for a look at the Cabinet in the upcoming Obama administration. First up - Secretary of State, the point person - in repairing our alliances, in building on the goodwill that is already flowing in from around the world.
And it's time to choose your favorite for Secretary of State.
There are a number of excellent options - some who served in the Clinton Administration - some outsiders - and even a couple of Obamicans. For convenience, I've taken the list from a betting site (yes, it is in the order of the oddsmakers' favorite):
I evaluate each option as best I can on the flip. (I had to research the credentials of a few.) I trust others will add more data. (Cross posted at OpenLeft.)
The options -
Richard Holbrooke: Career Foreign Service - starting in Vietnam. Boy wonder Assistant SecState in the Carter administration. Balkan envoy, architect of the Dayton peace accords. UN ambassador
Anthony Lake: Started in the Foreign Service. Served as National Security Advisor (NSA). Nominated for - but did not serve as CIA Director due to Republican opposition.
Richard Lugar: Conservative Republican Indiana Senator. Openly declared his support for President-elect Obama's foreign policy. His tacit support may have made the difference in Indiana. Cited by Obama in a debate. His appointment would give the Rs another seat to defend in 2010.
Bill Richardson: Current NM Gov. All star Clinton admin cabinet member (Energy, UN Ambassador). As suggested in one of the cable shows last night, has a talent for getting others to like him.
Chuck Hagel: Retiring Conservative Republican anti-War Nebraska Senator. Opposed the Iraq war for years now.
John Kerry: 2004 Democratic candidate for President.
Daniel Shapiro: Congressional foreign policy expert. Just turned 40. Obama advisor on the Middle East. Congressional liaison for NSA Berger.
Daniel Kurtzer: Career Foreign Service Officer. Ambassador to Egypt under Clinton; Ambassador to Israel under Bush. Co-author of Obama MidEast policy.
George Mitchell: Former Senate Majority Leader. Special envoy who did the scut work for the Northern Ireland peace accords ("The Good Friday agreement"). I suspect he'd love to follow his mentor's footsteps (Ed Muskie) as SecState.
Eric Lynn: Jewish Affairs staffer for Obama. I know and can find little else on this candidate.
Dennis Ross: Career Foreign Service Officer. Long time Middle East expert - Clinton's envoy to the area, criticized by both sides (which may not be a bad thing for a diplomat).
Susan Rice: Served in various NSA staff positions. Assistant SecState for African affairs. Dukakis Foreign policy advisor. If you've seen a discussion of the prospective Obama foreign policy, you've probably seen Susan Rice. No relation to Condi.
James Steinberg: Deputy NSA to Clinton. RAND analyst. Co-author of Obama MidEast policy.
Mara Rudman: NSA staffer in Clinton administration.
Bill Clinton: He'd love the job.
Colin Powell: I don't think he wants the job.
Hillary Clinton: While I honor what Hillary has done, I have to think - are the bookmakers kidding?