Poor Joe Biden. With Hillary Clinton in charge, it looks as if he will be attending funerals -- not, as he may have imagined, pontificating and passing on to a less-seasoned president-in-training his sage advice on foreign policy, such as his plan to partition Iraq in three.
Obama's decision to keep on Defense Secretary Robert Gates has angered the anti-war left, as it signals that Obama is prepared to drop his pledge to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months two brigades per month -- of taking office. I'm thrilled. Gates would not agree to stay if he expected a precipitous troop withdrawal.
Thus, the big question about Obama has been answered: While Democrats -- even Clinton and Biden, who both voted to authorize the war -- may play the blame game with Bush about Iraq, Obama understands that if Iraq collapses after U.S. troops are withdrawn, then it won't matter who started the war. America loses, and he loses.
Now the question is: When did Obama know he would not honor his hard timeline pledge -- during the primary, as I suspect, or over time, as the Bush-Gates troop surge brought about increased security in Iraq? Either way, Obama is where he should be on the issue.
As for Obama's national security adviser nominee, James L. Jones Jr.: It turns out that, to the horror of some enviroes, Jones is involved with Chevron and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the global warming issue. It's like Christmas for global-warming skeptics.