In yesterday’s post, I speculated that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D., NY) is a big winner in the backroom scuttling of the career of Marine general Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senator Clinton’s colleague on the Armed Services Committee, Chairman Carl Levin (D., MI), successfully intimidated Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Pres. George W. Bush — probably by threatening to put a hold on this and other confirmations. Gates dropped support for General Pace’s two-year renomination and substituted Adm. Mike Mullen as his choice.
The switch benefits Senator Clinton more than any of the other presidential candidate because she will not have to cast a high-profile vote either for, or against, General Pace. Activists for gays in the military oppose General Pace, but he is an exemplary Marine who is respected by the troops.
Clinton and her feminist friends will also benefit from an ideological perspective. Based on statements he has made as Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Mullen is likely to say and do things that will make Hillary’s heart sing. Better yet, liberal policies proposed or implemented by Admiral Mullen will have the political cover of an apparent “Republican” label.
Read both posts. Here and here.