By this past Thursday, when Mr. Obama reassured Mrs. Clinton that as secretary of state she would have direct access to him and could select her own staff, the wooing was complete.
No. Just no. I can deal with Hillary, but I will not stand for her staff having a role in American government. Not now. Not after they’ve enabled the past eight years of American foreign policy failure. Some of her advisors, like Jamie Rubin and Lee Feinstein, are just misguided. Others, like Michael O’Hanlon, Jack Keane, and especially Dick Holbrooke, are downright destructive. They’ve spent the last eight years aiding and abetting the systematic destruction of America’s moral standing, not to mention the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and in a sane world they’d be run out of the public square. They deserve public shaming, not employment, let alone employment on the public dime.
There are Obama loyalists who should get these jobs. Zbigniew Brzezinski endorsed early, and should get State. Greg Craig endorsed early, and would be a stellar deputy. Susan Rice endorsed early, and should be national security adviser. Richard Danzig endorsed early, and deserves to get Defense. Instead we’re getting some weird team of Robert Gates, Jim Jones, and Hillary Clinton, with Clinton’s trigger-happy loyalists thrown in for good measure. This is bullshit.