Obama does not want a national defender, a defense expert, or a nation security expert as the head of Defense. He is gettin exactly what he wants. A politician, someone who will deal, someone who will politicize the DOD. Obam wants another Panetta, another liberal progressive who will enact the liberal progressive vision he has for the military. Obama doesn't want an independent thinker or the best and the brightest, he wants a roboclone who will do as instructed and offer liberal progressive suggestions. Right now, Russia and China are better for the American defense establishment than Obama is.