President-elect Barack Obama has been busy picking out the cabinet and advisers that will staff his administration: Lots of familiar faces, including some Bush loyalists.
Obama on Monday announced a foreign policy team which includes President Bush's defense secretary, Robert Gates - an early supporter of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Also picked to re-up is Gen. David Petraeus, the general who heads up U.S. Central Command, in charge of running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though he believes that al Qeada has become more of a threat in Afghanistan, he still thinks they are the power causing so much unrest in Iraq. A view few Iraqis share, by the way.
Also in line for a seat in the cabinet is Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, as secretary of homeland security. According to John Trazvina, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, under her term: "Arizona has become one of the worst states for immigrants in this country."
Obama also selected retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser. In the military, he has overseen actions in Iraq (1991) and before he retired from the military, was commander of NATO forces under W. He is now president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, an effort designed to pull energy producers and policymakers behind a strategy to secure U.S. energy supplies. He also sits on the board of The Boeing Co., and chairs the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank. Yes, quite a huge change there.
And to top it off, Obama plans on calling 81-years-old Paul Volker out of retirement to chair his "President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board." For those of you too young to recall, Volker served under both Presidents Carter and Reagan. He is one of the pioneers of the religion of Free Markets and "Trickle-down economincs" which has devastated the economy, destroyed US financial institutions, and caused the lay-offs of millions of American workers as their jobs were shipped overseas.
Do you voters understand why so many of us have less-than-zero faith in the electoral process now?