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Policy ace Michele Flournoy
could be first female Defense chief

Los Angeles Times, by Shashank Bengali & Matea Gold

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/4/2013 1:31:01 PM

WASHINGTON — It´s a long way from playing volleyball at Beverly Hills High School to being the most powerful woman in Washington, but Michele Flournoy could cap such a remarkable journey if President Obama selects her as Defense secretary. Flournoy, little known outside the world of military policy, is on the shortlist to lead the Pentagon in Obama´s second term. She would be the first woman in that role. An inveterate policy wonk who first worked in the Pentagon under President Clinton and later co-founded a respected think tank, Flournoy, 52, has spent two decades climbing

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 1/4/2013 1:36:00 PM     (No. 9098558)

If she is a Democrat, she is unqualified.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/4/2013 1:46:26 PM     (No. 9098575)

I clicked up some of her papers just a week or so ago - and amazingly enough, although a Democrat and a woman, she seems to be a serious and first-rate mind.

So I assume she doesn´t have a chance.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rbruce20, 1/4/2013 1:46:59 PM     (No. 9098579)

Went to Beverly Hills HS, Harvard, Oxford, and a lifelong Democrat. Her husband went to Cornell and spent one tour aboard a Destroyer. The rest of his 20 years as a reservist were on the beach.

Flournoy co-wrote an influential policy paper called "The Inheritance and the Way Forward". "First, U.S. strategy must be grounded in a common sense pragmatism rather than ideology. U.S. national security strategy must be based on a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges and opportunities of the new security environment as well as realistic objectives derived from our national interests."

I bet Chesty Puller would follow this woman to the ends of the Earth, Not.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kono, 1/4/2013 1:51:21 PM     (No. 9098588)

Another book-knowledge wonk being put into a position where practical experience is an absolutely essential qualification... Typical liberal-elitism at work.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/4/2013 2:03:47 PM     (No. 9098613)

Aaaah I´m not sure, can we really trust a person who writes a tome using the Marxist term "Forward"? Just sayin´.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: DanvilleBill, 1/4/2013 2:46:54 PM     (No. 9098684)

If the LAT likes I doubt I will.
But she has to be better than Hagel.
Of course my goldfish is better than Hagel.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lana720, 1/4/2013 3:38:07 PM     (No. 9098748)

Sounds like a woman who wants it all. Her lack of military experience other than contact with her husband is a non-starter. She is not the man for the job.

Let her spend all the time she wants with her kids. Our military needs leaders, not her. Of course, zippy´s aim is to destroy our military, so she´s a good start.

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