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. (Read more Obama Cabinet stories.)

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