I was trying to reserve judgement on your cabinet picks until you were actually President but now I am so repulsed by what you are doing that I can't stand it. Robert Gates represents the the Bush Administration and the policies of President Bush's failed wars. We need new leadership in the White House and in the Pentagon. Get rid of Robert Gates and bring someone new in, someone who isn't tainted by the policies that were maintained after Rumsfeld was shown the door, and someone who hasn't been supporting policies that CANNOT work in the long term.
What am I talking about? Isn't the surge a success? NO! The relative peace that exists in Iraq today is due to the gratuitous cash payments that are being made to the militias. In effect, we are paying people not to fight us. These cash payments are part of the giant cost of the Iraq occupation and need to be stopped, but once they are the violence will resume and the supposed gains of the surge will be wiped out.
Get rid of Robert Gates! Shame on you Barack!
And fuck you Joe Lieberman and the spineless democrats who voted to keep him!