Cross-posted by Gary Fouse
Introducing Rosa Brooks
(Hats off to the great Don Martin)
Much like Bill Clinton, shrewed observers of the current president need to pay less attention to his efforts to appear moderate and pay more attention to the worker bees he puts into government. Such is the case with his recent selection of Rosa Brooks to be an advisor to Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michelle Flournoy.
Who is Rosa Brooks, you ask? Her most recent gig was as a left-wing editorialist for Los Angeles left-wing (and failing) Los Angeles Times. Previously, she has been a Georgetown University law professor and most alarming of all, a special counselor to George Soros (and if you don't know who George Soros is, you have no idea of the dangerous situation this country is in).
As Times columnist, Brooks alternated between condemning the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq with calling George W. Bush names like liar and torturer and comparing him to Hitler.
"How did they ever get away with it?
On Tuesday, the Justice Department released a batch of memos drafted in 2001 and 2002by lawyers in the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel. Written mainly by John Yoo, then a deputy director in the office, they laid out the purported legal justifications for a theory of presidential power amounting to virtual dictatorship."
(LA Times, March 5, 2009)
"Barack Obama ended four wars during his first week as president. With just a few words and strokes of his pen, the president ended the war on terror, the war on Islam, the war on science and the war on women." (LA Times January 29, 2009)
So now this character is going to wield considerable power in the Department of Defense, an appointment she refers to as her own "personal government bailout". God only knows what type of advice this lady will be handing out-perhaps some suggestions of the type of weapons our troops should be using. In the words of Zell Miller-"spitballs?"