Obama rolls out the Mod Squad

Modification, that is.

In about an hour, Coach Obama will roll out his team. While he is in charge of the vision-thing, he has assembled a team of independent minded people who barely resemble the change-thing he campaigned on. More like a Modification Squad.

If any PUMA’s and Just Say No Deal folks are still reading, how is the appointment of Hillary as SoS playing with your camps?

Now that the election is over, the New York Times notes that the Bush administration had some initiatives of merit, even if unrealized. In fact, after bashing “the failed policies of the Bush Administration,” Obama is going to make a go at pursuing one of them in Afghanistan.

Several times during his presidency, Mr. Bush promised to alter that strategy, even creating a “civilian reserve corps” of nation-builders under State Department auspices, but the administration never committed serious funds or personnel to the effort. If Mr. Obama and his team can bring about that kind of shift, it could mark one of the most significant changes in national security strategy in decades and greatly enhance the powers of Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state.

Mrs. Clinton may find, as her predecessor Condoleezza Rice and others in the Bush administration discovered, that building up civilian capacity is easier to advocate than execute. [my emphasis]

That problem will be no less acute for Mr. Obama in Afghanistan, where the building projects and job-creation activities that Mr. Bush promised in 2002, soon after the invasion, and then again in late 2005, have ground to a halt in many parts of the country because the security situation has made it too dangerous for the State Department’s “provincial reconstruction teams” to operate.

The security situation must be resolved in order for the statecraft to have a chance to work. To his credit, Obama proposed more troops on the ground in Afghanistan. Given the defense team he has assembled, the change he campaigned on seems less change and more modification. Probably, chanting “the modification we need” would not have been as catchy. I pray it works.

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  • a conservative

    I doubt it WILL considering Obama…hell, this is your brain on Obama and with that idiot from Chicago who has citizenship issues, is a JOKE with the economy, is a SKILLED plagiarist, and has a VP who thinks thinks we’ll be attacked in 6 months..life will be just GRAND! you know who was the BETTER Black leader to support? Alan Keyes. We have

    yellow journalism to thank for Obama’s victory.. thanks liberal media!

  • Drowssap

    I wonder how the Obamaites will enjoy the 3rd term of the Bush/Clinton administrations? Bwahahahaha. 😎

  • @Drowssap: Adds a new meaning to McSame.

  • Buffoon

    Yeah he rolled “something” out today that’s for sure…..

  • Eddy

    LOL. On one hand the fear-mongers were afraid that Obama would recklessly take this country down a path of unbridled liberalism and socialism and then, when he pulls together a team such as this one, they criticize him for Modification.

    One of the most troublesome parts of Bush’s presidency was that he surrounded himself with people who felt and thought just like he did; Modification is the kind of Change I’ve been wishing and praying for! GoBama!

  • @Eddy: Actually I am glad he has tilted center, but then I didn’t postpone life to campaign for him either. The post is less a complaint and more an observation.

  • Jayhuck


    On one hand the fear-mongers were afraid that Obama would recklessly take this country down a path of unbridled liberalism and socialism and then, when he pulls together a team such as this one, they criticize him for Modification.

    I couldn’t have said it better myself 🙂

  • Drowssap


    I don’t know what’s going down on talk radio or Daily Kos but I can say on a personal level I am relieved that he veered to the center right. If he would have stuck with his tax the rich pledge oh man… this downturn would be even worse.

  • Jayhuck

    Obama is simply showing his true colors, but I’m thankful you are beginning to see them – I don’t know anything about him going back on his pledge to increase taxes on those who make above $250,000/year – I may be missing something though

  • Jayhuck

    I am also thankful that Obama is willing to allow – nay – acknowledge that gay people deserve a place at the table! 🙂 He threw the g-word out in the first 2 minutes of his acceptance speech – how wonderful is that?