In our second segment with Ray McGovern, The Real News elaborates on Barack Obama's appointment of Robert Gates to his cabinet. Ray McGovern is a retired CIA analyst who worked with Gates and conducted his fitness reports; reports that raised concerns with McGovern about Gates' emphasis on his own ambition, not good intelligence.
Ray McGovern: Will Afghanistan be Obama's Vietnam?
Obama and Bush are supported by the corporate media in representing the surge in Baghdad as a success, McGovern feels that there is "a lack of objective information from..the fawning corporate media." He feels the surge was successful in it's intended purpose which "prevented a definitive loss of the war..on Bush and Cheney's watch," but this is not how it is being reported in the corporate media.
He says the appointment of Gates demonstrates a continuation of the mentality that led the United States into war in Vietnam, Iraq, and now again, in Afghanistan, noting "Afghanistan, if Obama does this wrong, is going to be his Vietnam, it's going to be his Iraq."
While Obama campaigned and won on the idea of change his continued appointments are proving to be less in line with such change, seeming more like a continuation of the Bush protocols. According to McGovern, "Obama has really missed a good chance to get a thoughtful Secretary of Defense in there who would be open to new ideas and who would do things right."
Raymond McGovern is a retired CIA officer. McGovern was a federal employee under seven US presidents for over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them. McGovern was born and raised in Bronx, graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program
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