Steve Benen has a good catch about the incoming secretary’s vehement opposition to torture. More and more, this seems like a good pick. Budget trimming experience, a seeming realist perspective, opposition to torture–what more can you ask for? And this might seem like petty partisanship, but he’s a Democrat, which is important to me as a statement of showing that Democrats don’t need to outsource all that war stuff to Republicans (though I did support retaining Bob Gates). I’m just glad we didn’t get stuck with Hillary Clinton or one of the other big liberal hawks out there–that would have been catastrophic in my view.

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