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Pentagon Official Welcomes New Colleagues Carter and Mullaney « The Washington Independent

I asked a particularly wise Pentagon official what he made of Phil Carter and Craig Mullaney, the former Army captains and prospective new deputy assistant secretaries of defense for detainee policy and South Asia, respectively.

The answer? Pretty rapturous.

Image has not been found. URL: http://mail.google.com/a/washingtonindependent.com/images/cleardot.gifIt’s a sign that the administration is getting moving making its mark on the Pentagon bureaucracy, which until this week has been largely run by Bush holdovers.

It’s significant that in two areas — detainees and Afghanistan — where [President] Obama has promised a clean break from the past, we’re seeing some fresh perspectives provided by younger veterans of the current wars — as opposed to another Clinton retread.

Speaking of clean breaks from the past, one challenge for Carter is going to be dealing with his new subordinates. As the Associated Press’ Lara Jakes reported, some Rumsfeld-era political appointees have managed to get themselves declared civil servants in order to stay on and, presumably, gum up the Obama/Gates agenda from the inside. One of them who’ll work with Carter, apparently, is Tara Jones, whom a defense insider described to me as a “very partisan, pro-Gitmo Bush political appointee — think the Monica Goodling of detainees.” Ouch. Good luck with that one.

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