Obama Is Assembling a Lousy Cabinet
'Usual suspects' are uninspiring: David Rothkopf
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 8:30 AM CST
President Obama shakes hands with Sen. John Kerry as he announces his nomination of Kerry as next secretary of state.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – John Kerry. Jack Lew. Chuck Hagel. John Brennan. All fine, capable men, writes David Rothkopf at the Washington Post. But taken together as the nucleus of President Obama's foreign policy team? Blah. What happened to the "team of rivals"? Instead, we're getting a Cabinet filled with the "usual suspects," complains Rothkopf. Our foreign policy is in dire need of fresh, outsider thinking. These guys are the ultimate insiders, denizens of Obama's "comfort zone."

"Unfortunately, old ideas and standard Washington thinking will probably be just as effective in improving foreign policy as they have been in solving economic and political problems at home," writes Rothkopf. He does see one sign of hope, however: The "freshest and youngest voice in the group" belongs to the president himself. If the White House hopes to avoid "unhealthy groupthink," it's up to Obama to lead the way. Read the full column here.

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democracy1776
Jan 14, 2013 7:36 AM CST
Compared to the House of Representatives ,Obama's cabinet looks like clones of George Washington. What does the House of Representatives,Tea Party and Charles Manson have in common, everything !
cornelison
Jan 12, 2013 11:27 PM CST
Washington will do well with Kerry & Hagel. Both have worked with Joe Biden for years. Theirs is the mindset of avoiding war at all costs. That's a reflection of the majority of Americans. You want Jack Lew in the room when Obama is negotiating with the GOP. Jack Lew helped Bill Clinton with 3 separate budgets & the country was better off. You can call Obama the"good cop" while Lew plays "bad cop" with Republicans. The author of this article doesn't know what he's talking about unless he yearns a return to Bush-style foreign relations.
Riffran
Jan 12, 2013 5:27 PM CST
replacing a shit sandwich with a crap sandwich