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Liberals Angry Over Obama Picks of Gates, Jones

Saturday, 29 Nov 2008 05:06 PM

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President-elect Barack Obama is under fire from liberals as he assembles his administration.

Obama is expected to keep Robert Gates, a President George Bush appointee, as secretary of defense. Retired Gen. Jim Jones, a John McCain supporter, is expected to be named national security adviser, reports Fox News.

Both moves have outraged liberal blogger Chris Bowers of OpenLeft.com, according to Fox News.

"The message would be clear," he writes in his blog. "Even Democrats agree that Democrats can't run the military."

Bowers says Gates was an advocate of such practices as waterboarding and the use of psychotropic drugs on terror detainees. He also calls Jones' selection "very disappointing."

"It is just so very frustrating," Bowers writes. "It seems like the only place progressives are making any gains is in the House. We are being entirely left out of Obama's major appointments so far. I guess everyone gets to play in Obama's administration, except progressives."

Another Democratic blogger, Brent Budowsky, writes: "It is unfortunate that on an issue so momentous as who runs the Pentagon at time of war, the views that were stated in the campaign, and supported so deeply by the base of the Democratic Party and the new voters and small donors who were the heart of the Obama campaign, are sacrificed so quickly, for Bob Gates."

The Washington Post says Gates' appointment "would probably disappoint some on the left of the Democratic party, who would prefer a clear and sharp break with Bush-era policies." Politico.com has echoed that sentiment, stating that "it could lead to criticism from his party's left wing that the lineup is more hawkish and less revolutionary than his supporters expected."

GOP strategist Dave Winston told Fox News that he isn't surprised at the reaction.

"The base is clearly going to say, where are you headed in terms of this policy?" he said. "And I think it will cause him some headaches with the base, although for the overall country, I think they will see it quite favorably."

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