For a Democrat whose opposition to the Iraq war was a campaign centerpiece, President-elect Barack Obama is remarkably in sync with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on many core defense and national security issues — even Iraq.
The list of similarities suggests the early focus of Obama's Pentagon may not change dramatically from President George W. Bush's.
Given that Obama made the unprecedented decision to keep the incumbent Republican defense secretary, it would seem natural to expect that they see eye to eye on at least some major defense issues. But the extent of their shared priorities is surprising, given Obama's campaign criticisms of Bush's defense policies.
Well, its not surprising to the people who had figured out that Obama would say anything to get elected. And that he meant none of it. He presented himself as an alternative to Hillary during the primaries, and now that he's recreated much of the Clinton White House, that was obviously a big lie. So, its not surprising that when he presented himself as an alternative to Bush in the general election, that this was also a lie.