From Team Obama’s press release:
CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden officially announced key members of their national security team today: nominating Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, selecting Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of Defense, nominating Eric Holder as Attorney General, nominating Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, nominating Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations and selecting General Jim Jones, USMC (Ret) as National Security Adviser.
No surprises there, but the president-elect did amend the published remarks to include reference to last week’s attacks in Mumbai before adding:
In this uncertain world, the time has come for a new beginning – a new dawn of American leadership to overcome the challenges of the 21st century, and to seize the opportunities embedded in those challenges. To succeed, we must pursue a new strategy that skillfully uses, balances, and integrates all elements of American power: our military and diplomacy; our intelligence and law enforcement; our economy and the power of our moral example. The team that we have assembled here today is uniquely suited to do just that. They share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America’s role as a leader in the world.
Obama also emphasized the importance of diplomacy in his introduction of Sen. Clinton, and a “sustainable” military strategy in his remarks about Sec. Gates.
On Holder, Obama added that the AG “serves the American people” and will work to uphold the Constitution.
In her remarks, Clinton stressed that America voted for not only a change in its domestic policy, but a change in its foreign policy, as well. She emphasized that the US cannot meet the threats it faces all by itself, or with force alone.
During the Q&A that followed the announcements, Obama said that one of the dangers is for an administration to sink into group think, so he encourages vigorous debate inside the White House—but he then forcefully adds, “the buck will stop with me.”
The president-elect also stressed that he and Hillary Clinton “share a view” of the need for a “well-rounded” view of US foreign policy that will include diplomacy.
All of that would be good. The proof is in the pudding, as they say.