Obama and military officers get along fine
It appears to me that President Obama and military officers in his cabinet get along just fine. Some appointees have not measured up, and some have done very well. Robert Gates, IMO, the most powerful professional in government today was a former Navy Admiral, for instance.
There have been a number of people in the administration who are not performing as well as expected such as Vice President Biden and Hillary Clinton, not military officers as such.
Dennis Blair was asleep at the switch. Many high ranking folks who are not surrounded by their former heavy staff can't react fast enough to rapidly developing situations. I would bet James Jones has no trouble.
As for the President lacking military experience, I would not hold that against him. Though, I will think again before I vote for a President who has no chief executive and private sector experience.
When it comes to the big spill, I would be calling, "Russell Honore, over!"
“Former military officials' performance in administration questioned By Anne E. Kornblut and Scott Wilson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 24, 2010; 12:45 PM
President Obama's firing of retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair as national intelligence chief highlights a pattern of problems involving senior administration officials who once served in the upper ranks of the military.
In addition to Blair, whose job has been in peril for months, the performance of National Security Adviser James L. Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, and Special Envoy to Sudan L. Scott Gration have also been questioned both inside and outside the government. All four men achieved the rank of admiral or general before joining the administration.
White House officials say that, other than Blair, the men have largely succeeded after sometimes difficult starts -- and have the president's support. But their transitions from the top of rigid military chains of command to a White House where decision-making often ignores hierarchy have been turbulent, even as they manage some of the administration's most far-reaching challenges.
"As savvy as many of these senior officers have been, this White House is a highly charged political environment," said Stephen Flanagan, who served on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration. "This is alien to a lot of them. And this is a less hierarchical administration, with a lot of National Security Council staff seeming to feel they have a great deal of license in adjudicating some of these issues."